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From Footprint to Footplate

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
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The Hills are Alive with the History of Travel
Over three weekends in November, the history of the hills will be brought to life on railway stage at the Mount Barker SteamRanger Heritage Railway Station. The Ink Pot Arts production of From Footprint to Footplate, penned by playwright Brian Fox and directed by Jo-anne Sarre, is a fun, informative show that will provide glimpses into Australia's past from the footprint of the Peramangk to the rolling and rattling of steam engine travel.

Ink Pot Arts, Steamranger, From Footprint to Footplate
Photograph Ink Pot Arts

The show grabs snapshots of the traditional life of the Peramangk, through Britain enabling free settlement in Australia to the founding of the Adelaide Hills' towns of Mt Barker, Hahndorf and Nairne. Recognition of 175 years of European settlement is celebrated as are the traditional custodians. Ink Pot Arts are thrilled to have local Peramangk and Ngarrindjeri elder Henry Rankine opening the show.

Community performers of all ages work alongside professional artists to create this unique theatre experience. Some may perceive history as a dry subject, but it is unlikely one would leave this show without feeling excited, informed and entertained. Clown comperes Jacqy Phillips and Cliff Stoddart narrate the performance and playwright Brian Fox uses many entertaining theatrical devices to illustrate the history of horse-drawn trams through to the creation of the SteamRanger Heritage railway.

Steamranger Heritage Railway, Mt Barker
Photograph Steamranger Heritage Railway

'Sharing the struggles and accomplishments that have shaped our region fosters a sense of place and who we are. That is particularly appropriate for nurturing our local identity as we celebrate 175 years of European settlement,' notes Ms Sarre.

'The show has evolved over many months of research and development" continues Ms Sarre, 'but don't come expecting a period drama. It appeals to all ages, infused with delightful ditties and slapstick humour provided by our talented performing team.'

Bookings can be made by selecting the events tab of Ink Pot Arts' website.

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Why? History comes alive in a way that will excite, delight and inspire
children and historians alike
When: Friday 14th Nov, Saturday 15th Nov
Friday 21st Nov, Saturday 22nd Nov
Friday 28th Nov, Saturday 29th Nov, Sunday 30th Nov
Each show starts at 7.30pm
Phone: 0429673327
Where: Mount Barker SteamRanger Heritage Railway Station
Dutton Road Mt Barker
Cost: Adults $25 Concession $20
Child $15 Family $75
Your Comment
Congratulations to Artistic Director Jo-anne Sarre and Ink Pot Arts Chairperson Tony Hannan, who were awarded Community Event of the Year 2015 Merit Award at the District Council of Mount Barker Australia Day celebrations.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4159) 2022 days ago
Well done on an innovative and entertaining performance.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4159) 2022 days ago
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