REACH FOR THE SKY:
A young man who had been discovered searching for food in a bin at Eagle Junction said that he had never had a birthday party.
And so it came about – Eighteen years ago at the residence of Emeritus Professor Kenneth Wiltshire and Gail Wiltshire – a party in the back yard.
Under the Jacaranda trees
Festooned with lights
By technicians from the Twelfth Night Theatre
A magical world…
After a sing-song around a piano played by the Reverend Ron Holt, members of the group asked:
“Could we give a concert?”
And so it came to pass:
“What shall we call it?” asked Gail.
“Douglas Bader, the war pilot, is my hero”, said the birthday boy.
“Even though his legs were amputated he learned to walk again,
fly again. He took to the sky”, was the reply.
And so the musical theatre event accompanied by The Musical Chairs played to a packed house (500 people) at Twelfth Night Theatre. Reach for the Sky was the first concert of the Fantastixxx and a new era is was born.
ULURU and ALICE SPRINGS
Show over. Curtain fell. Gail went backstage:
“Congratulations”, she said, “Is there anyone here who has never been on a plane – flown in the sky like Douglas Bader?”
And hands went up – so many hands – earth bound.
“We will fly”, she said.
“And what shall we call our group?”
“We’ll fly over the rainbow”, said members of the group.
“Rainbow people?” asked Gail.
“We will be fantastic”, the group answered.
And so the odyssey began.
We flew into the heart of Australia
Land of the rainbow serpent
And Dorothea MacKellar became our Muse…
ALBERT NAMATJIRA AN INSPIRATION
FLYNN OF THE INLAND
BLESSED the WEDDING
Of JOHN AND VICKI
MEMBERS OF THE FANTASTIXXX
As the group presented a Performance – Song, Instrumental, Poetry, Art – to the residence of Alice Springs.
OUR NEXT JOURNEY
THE FIRST SETTLEMENT
Invited by R.M. Williams, after exploring this magnificent city, The Fantastixxx
gave a concert
to the congregation
Following in the footsteps of
We visited and shared poetry at
The Waverley cemetery
Forming a circle we encompassed the graves of the MacKellar family and with the magnificent backdrop of Sydney Harbour we quietly shared her verse.
We also read the poems of Henry Lawson and Henry Kendall
Anthony Ledger is The Fantastixx Poet Laureate
When I look in the mirror I like what I see
I’ve learned to be both kind and tough
And the man in the glass sings his praises to me:
“You’ve stayed true to yourself, that’s enough”.
On three occasion we have explored the Biosphere
And given Theatrical performances given to the residences of Noosa north shore
Tweed regional gallery
Margaret Olley Art Centre
After much fundraising and a generous donation of land by Doug and Margot Anthony, the Gallery moved to its current scenic rural location in 2004. Mrs Anthony welcomes Gail Wiltshire and The Fantastixxx at the Gallery. Once again, The Fantastixxx were in Concert.
Verse and song at Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre
The bird sanctuary
We formally acknowledged the Lorikeets
The Muddle-Headed Wombat conducted the performance.
The Fantastixxx had rehearsed and laughed all day as they prepared for The Bird Sanctuary Performance.
Christopher and Anthony had rehearsed their duet.
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF JILL GOODMAN
Member of The Fantastixxx for 18 years
She opened with her poem
The fantastixxx – our show
On tour 2021
And once upon a time in the fair village of Boonah at the heart of the Scenic Rim stood a small hospital built by James Cossart in 1892. James Cossart and his sons, Samuel and Charles, developed timber mills from the head of The Condamine through the White Swamp and Carnies Creek down into Boonah, Dugandan. As men were injured in what was a dangerous felling of enormous Hoop Pines, trees, centuries old, James Cossart not only gave the lands of the Anglican Church, Methodist Churches, the Masonic Hall, the School of Arts, the Library and the Cricket Pitch/Tennis Courts but also he built a hospital for the men who worked beside him.
At the death of Samuel Cossart, Ron Alcorn, one of the two hundred Cossart employees described the following time and time again:
The old boss was a great man – always fair, ready with a joke, a generous man who gave the timber for many of our houses. (Ron Alcorn’s house stands at the end of what was once the railway track which travelled the short distance from Boonah down to Dugandan).
I loved the old boss. We all did. So we marched for him. One last time. We went with him – in our work clothes and boots. The Cossart men from the mill were in front of the Band and after that came the coffin. We were proud of him. We went with him to the end. Through the main street. Slowly up the hill towards the cemetery. And we stood with him there. I’d only cried once before when I was little…..my mother, Lizzie, died young. But I cried again. Like a child. We all did.
James Cossart gave the hospital building, 14 CHURCH ST, BOONAH, as a dowry to his eldest daughter, Lucy, who married Emmanuel Raymond, the grandfather of Gail Raymond Wiltshire.
And now this colonial residence is the Country Arts Hub of The Fantastixxx; song, verse, dance, writing, poetry, visual arts and
Meet The Fantastixxx on tour. Boonah is just a short drive from Brisbane.
And of course there is accommodation not only at CHURCH STREET but also at the house of joy
This House on the Quarry overlooks the mountains of the Scenic Rim, the Great Dividing Range and Cunningham’s Gap.
What more appropriate than the verandah of an Edwardian home, a Memorial Backdrop and the authentic garden of Emmanuel Raymond which will enclose an audience of at least one hundred.
In 2021 The Fantastixxx will perform on this verandah and will be joined by members of the Queensland choir est. 1872 and local talent – and as a former High School teacher in Boonah, our Artistic Director, Gail, affirms that there are loads of singers, poets, sculptors – artists of every kind – Banjo, Accordian, Brass, Strings, Soloists, (try the Spoons) who inhabit the magic world of the Teviot Creek and surrounding villages. Boonah was one of the largest original German settlements in Queensland and from village to village, mountain to mountain, song echoed across the hills. Our hills were indeed overflowing with the sound of music.
TWELFTH NIGHT COMMUNITY THEATRE
PERFORMANCE & DANCE
SCRIPT WRITING & POETRY
PAINTING & CRAFT
AND NO FEES
Artistic Director: Gail Wiltshire
Queensland Community Theatre and
Creative Workshop Limited
Trading as Twelfth Night Community Theatre
ACN 629 919 026