The Sunshine Coast's Darren Percival returns to Woodford Folk Festival, by popular demand.
The Sunshine Coast's Darren Percival returns to Woodford Folk Festival, by popular demand. CONTRIBUTED

Troupe brings a little sunshine to national conference

DURING the Christmas break, The Sunshine Troupe is hard at work on the upcoming production, Wanabe, to be performed at the National Having A Say Conference in Geelong.

The troupe applied to be part of the entertainment line-up at the annual conference which hosts about 1500 people with disability from the across country.

Wanabe is an original work created by the 10 performers and supported by their mentors: director Florence Teillet, choreographer Cathy Freeman and scriptwriter Rebecca Dostal.

Wanabe was inspired by this year's conference theme: Lead Your Life.

The piece incorporates music, dance and comedy in addressing the necessity of self-advocacy for people living with disability.

Teillet is delighted to see the troupe taking the work interstate.

"Having launched two successful theatre restaurant events and taken part in this year's Horizon Festival, we felt it was well and truly time for our players to take their work to wider audiences," she said.

"Having a Say are helping us get there with some significant sponsorship."

The 30-minute piece also will be entered in the Annual Sunshine Coast Theatre Festival next year to ensure local audiences see the members' work.

The troupe is also being supported by The Australian Cultural Fund, the On Track Cooperative and Epicurean Products.

To supplement funds further, the troupe is running a raffle and has created a 2017 calendar.

To learn more about The Sunshine Troupe and the Having a Say Conference, join the Facebook page.

Woodford Folk Festival

WOODFORD Folk Festival - an event of international standing - is held annually over six days and six nights from December 27 to January 1.

More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.

This year will be the 31st Woodford Folk Festival and the 23rd held at Woodfordia.

The festival program features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers' panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children's festival, an environmental program with talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late-night cabarets, parades and special highlights including a spectacular fire event.

Within the festival village, you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all-weather.

The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades.

Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site.

The festival appeals to a diverse audience with all ages and many nationalities attracted each year.

The event is powered by an army of volunteers whose numbers are now in excess of 2300.

To view this year's program and buy tickets, go to


NOOSA Arts Theatre presents Cinderella, the traditional pantomime, in which Cinders is treated cruelly by her stepmother and stepsisters until her Fairy Godmother comes to her rescue.

She sends Cinderella to the Palace Ball where she meets the prince and they fall in love.

But her midnight curfew comes before the prince finds out who she is and he must search the kingdom to find her again.

Directed by Susan Dearnley, Cinderella is a firm family favourite and it will sell out so don't wait to book for the show at Noosa Arts Theatre from January 7-22.

Book at or call 5449 9343.

Little Red Riding Hood

BATS Theatre Company presents Little Red Riding Hood, the classic panto with a twist, by John Croker and Eric Gilder and directed by the Sunshine Coast's much-loved Mary Newton.

Enjoy the adventures of Red Riding Hood and her granny, The Wolf, The Fairy and the wicked Squire and his comical sons.

This is fun for the whole family this holiday season at Buderim War Memorial Hall from January 7-22 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Book at or call 5445 2515.

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion

LENNON: Through a Glass Onion returns in January to Australia following a sensational 16-week season in New York.

The internationally acclaimed theatrical event celebrating the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon was re-produced and rebranded for its Off-Broadway debut at the Union Square Theatre.

Created and performed by renowned Australian actor-musician John Waters and esteemed singer-pianist Stewart D'Arrietta, Lennon: Through a Glass Onion is part-concert and part-biography.

It reveals the essence of the life and astonishing talent of one of the most admired artists of the past century with a story and 31 songs including Imagine, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, All You Need is Love, Come Together, Help and more.

Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating musicians of our time.

It will play The Events Centre, Caloundra, on Thursday, January 12, at 7.30pm.

Book at

Puss In Boots

LITTLE Seed Youth Theatre will present Puss in Boots the Panto at The J, Noosa, in January.

Featuring Noosa's Curtis Bock as Puss and a talented local youth ensemble, this high-energy, hilarious production will entertain kids and adults alike.

Shows are on Thursday, January 12, and Friday, January 13, at 11am both days, plus 6.30pm on the Friday.

Book at