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Stan's Workshop Material for the Top Half Folk Festival, 10 - 14 June, 2021

The script and Powerpoint for Stan's banjo workshop can be found using this link:

Copy the"Powerpoint" folder to your desktop, then open the "Top Half 2021.pptx" file.

 14-16 January, 2022

The New Holland Honey Eaters will be performing concerts at the 40th Cygnet Folk Festival, Cygnet, Tas. For details, see the Festival web site at Cygnet Folk Festival


28-30 January, 2022

Stan will be performing a concert at the Tamar Valley Folk Festival, George Town, Tas. For details, see the Festival web site at Tamar Valley Folk Festival

Where We Are:

Launceston is a city of about 86,000 people located at the head of the Tamar River about 50km from Bass Strait at the confluence of the North and South Esk Rivers.

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Calendar Girls Play Well  Worth Seeing

Theatre Review


 Courage, friendship and camaraderie were there for all to see when Calendar Girls opened at The Earl Arts Centre on Wednesday night. Directed by the experienced and respected Stan Gottschalk for Three River Theatre, the play was a warm and generous reworking of Tim Firth's script.

 Adapted from an award-winning film in 2003, Calendar Girls follows the fortunes of a well-meaning group of Yorkshire women who took their kit off in order to raise money for a new sofa in a cancer ward. The women raised more than a few eyebrows, for not only did they become a global phenomenon but they raised millions in revenue.

 Fame and exposed flesh to one side, Firth's script speaks more about the human condition and Gottschalk's ensemble does not let him down in this regard. Putting a few wayward accents to one side, the cast worked the material particularly well and we, as an audience, ultimately cared for them as people. Kerri Gay had the presence and flair to carry off the gregarious Chris with consummate ease, while Ann Campo did a lovely turn as the vivacious Celia. Valerie Tinmouth was truly delightful as Jessie and many in the cast could follow her lead when it came to a clean and sustained Yorkshire accent. Bec Reedman, Amanda Dawes and Bec Geoghegan were strong and secure in their roles, while the rest of the ensemble had their moments on stage.

 Rebecca Phillips, a backstage stalwart of 3RT, maintained the momentum of this extremely busy and prop-driven play, while Flocky Bock must be congratulated for creating the set magic - again.

 Stan Gottschalk's cast and crew have created an engaging, enjoyable and life-affirming production that should be seen. It continues at The Earl Arts Centre until Saturday, September 7.






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