Page 3967 - Week 10 - Thursday, 20 September 2018

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but not the order in which they come ... His aim is to upstage the rest of the cast. He hopes to be dead by Act II so that he can spend the rest of his time in the bar. His problems? Everyone else connected with the production.” It should be quite good.

Then in September things get serious with the 1998 Australian play The Woman in the Window, by Alma De Groen. Liz Bradley will direct this drama, set in Leningrad in the early 1950s and in Australia centuries into the future. It is a play about Anna Akhmatova, one of Russia’s most important poets. She stayed through Stalin’s purges, suffering the murder and/or imprisonment of all her loved ones, and went through a period of virtual house arrest when she was required to stand at her window twice a day so that the police could see that she had not absconded. She was banned from writing poetry but her friends memorised her poems and became living records of the work that she was still creating.

To conclude the year, Stephen Pike will round things out with Christmas-style romantic comedy nonsense from Noel Coward, his play Waiting in the Wings. It is set in a retirement home for aged actresses and focuses on a feud between residents Lotta Bainbridge and May Davenport, who once loved the same man. There is a great deal of disharmony and interesting politics as they organise a fundraising charity event to build a solarium at the home.

I encourage all members to attend some of these plays and help Canberra Rep by promoting their very entertaining program through their constituencies. As they begin staring down a century of theatre in Canberra, I thank Canberra Rep for all they do to enrich the lives of all Canberrans through their ever-excellent programs. I congratulate them too for all that they do to develop the art of acting and theatre, coarse or otherwise, and everything else they do in putting on a show for the people of Canberra. I commend Canberra Repertory.

Sport—gala day

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (4.57): On Saturday I attended a fantastic day at the inaugural Community Sports Gala Day at Charnwood Oval, West Belconnen, in my electorate of Ginninderra.

I want to congratulate the CBR Sports Awards People’s Sporting Champion Cameron Crombie and the UC Ginninderra Athletics Committee for bringing us this great sports day out. They did it in six weeks, with the involvement of many of Canberra’s own sporting elite athletes, Olympians, Paralympians, local schools and of course all of the sporting volunteers. I want to acknowledge them today for all of their hard work.

There was Cameron Crombie, of course. Emceeing the day was Carly Wilson, the UC Canberra Capitals assistant coach. There were the UC Ginninderra Athletics Committee’s Steve Dodt, Deborah Evans, Fiona Jarvis, Paul and Sarah Fowler and Neil Thomas; and UC interns Lindsay Mitton, Megan Mayoh and Alex Gill. Major

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