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2022 Queensland Day Play - Reedy River

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Sheep shears are not compulsory though a sense of fun is
Reedy River is a play based on the shearer's strike of 1898, written by Richard (Dick) Diamond sixty years ago. Diamond worked in a variety of trades including trade union official, dramatist and journalist, so it is no surprise that the storyline includes the struggles between the landholders, workers, government and banks during that period.

"Reedy River, set in the aftermath of the Australian national strike of the 1890s, focuses on the shearers' battle for better conditions and pay, a battle that still resonates in our lives. The shearers' strike has been broken, the leaders gaoled and the sheds are in disarray as non-union labour is brought in alongside unionised workers. Joe, one of the gaoled strike leaders, returns to Reedy River and his estranged wife Mary. Many of his old colleagues are shearing there, attempting to re-establish a union presence in the sheds. Joe, a strike hero, is offered the non-union job of Shed Boss. The future of the union, old mateships and his marriage hang in the balance. Rich with bush music and songs, Reedy River is a rollicking and inspiring story of mateship, courage and humour – and a love as sturdy as its characters."

Described as being "unmistakably Australian as bluegum", and incorporating traditional bush ballads such as 'Click Go The Shears,' 'My Old Black Billy' and 'On The Banks of the Condamine' don't be surprised if a little audience participation is expected.

Courtesy of Theatre Redlands
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Theatre Redlands, formed during COVID by a group of experienced and passionate individuals, have formed an alliance with Redland Museum to share stories from Australia's past. To coincide with Queensland Day only makes it even more poignant.

Evening and Matinee performances include a two-course meal making it a total entertainment package with drinks available from the cash bar. Before each show, a 2-course meal consisting of:
Lazy Harry's Ham & Pea Soup with warm bread roll
Mary's Marvellous Mousse, a delicious individual chocolate pot dessert. 

Performances are scheduled as follows:

Friday. 3rd June. 5:30pm till 10pm
Saturday. 4th June. 5:30pm till 10pm
Sunday. 5th June. 12pm till 3:30pm Matinee
Friday. 10th June. 5:30pm till 10pm
Saturday. 11th June. 5:30pm till 10pm
Sunday. 12th June. 12pm till 3:30pm Matinee

Tickets cost $37.00 or $39.00 if you have special dietary requirements and include entry into the Museum, so allow yourselves 20 minutes for a quick wander around the exhibits.

Bookings are now open. Go here.

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The Redland Museum is located at 60 Smith Street, Cleveland, next to the tennis courts and there is on-site parking as well as street parking. It is also a wheelchair friendly site.
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Why? Dinner and a Show with a look back at history
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Phone: 32863494
Where: Redland Museum, 60 Smith Street, Cleveland
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Another good article by you. Thanks
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