A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Trailer park meets high art in Bakersfield Mist, where the question is whether the true value of art lies in the eyes of the beholder…or otherwise?
It's a play based on a true tale, one that we can all relate to with the dream of finding a bargain in a charity shop and discovering it may be worth millions. Middle-aged and unemployed Maude (Julie Nihill – Country Practice, Blue Heelers) discovers a possible Jackson Pollock 'treasure'. In steps, Lionel Percy (John Wood - The Doctor Blake Mysteries, Blue Heelers), a world-class art expert, who flies in from New York to meet Maude at her trailer park home in small town Bakersfield to authenticate the painting. As he discovers, there is more to the visit than the painting. The play examines the assumption of class and education based on those first few minutes you meet someone or are somewhere unfamiliar.
Bakersfield Mist is a fascinating peek into the high brow art world and the way a modern day artist changed our perspective on the value and appreciation of modern art. The play mirrors the frantic chaos that is Jackson Pollock. It is both intriguing and absorbing in the complexities of the two characters from very different backgrounds.
Featuring John Wood & Julie Nihill - two of Australia's most renowned actors - Bakersfield Mist is showing at QUT Gardens Theatre in Brisbane for two shows only on 10 & 11 July commencing at 7.30pm. There's a chance to meet the actors after the 11 July show.
Bakersfield Mist is a production by Tasmanian Theatre Company and Straightjacket Productions, in association with the Karralyka Centre. There is a coarse language warning. Tickets are available from the website.