Jekyll & Hyde The Musical was recently staged in Ballarat for the first time by Ballarat Lyric Theatre Inc, at Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. In terms of production values and performances, the show really was excellent. A jaw-dropping set, belting vocals and crisp choreography lived up to the hype. And yet, I felt so deeply uncomfortable during the performance that I nearly walked out of the theatre.
With only a few weeks until graduation, I have been reflecting on my year in the 2017 Leaders Forum. It’s been intense, inspiring, depressing, and confronting. My place in the program has been thanks to the Hugh Williamson Foundation, with costs covered for a participant from the Arts & Culture sector. After 8 months of learning, I have more questions about myself and the ways I can be a leader than ever before. The very ground from under me is shaking and I do not like it one little bit.
I saw Bakersfield Mist at Ballarat’s Her Majesty’s Theatre the other night. I spent a few hours cosied up in a trailer-park with Maude (Julie Nihill), who was trying to convince New York art connoisseur Lionel (John Wood) that she owned a long lost Jackson Pollock. It was a decent show, if you’re into naturalism by numbers. But as I left the theatre I had a revelation – that theatre is the ultimate mindfulness exercise.