Crack Open Your Wallet for Crackers

by Jane

Today, the State Theatre Company opened the doors to their workshop and rehearsal room for a massive party to raise money for Adelaide actress Michaela Cantwell, who suffered a stroke after the final performance of romeo&juliet.   It was a great event: local musicians, food, drink, raffles and an auction, with all money raised going to Michaela to help fund her rest and recovery and get her back on our stages as soon as possible.  It was also great to see so many people to come together for the cause, a huge thank you and congratulations to all the volunteers who made it happen.  Michaela also made an appearance, which was just the biggest gift to everyone in attendance.

I spent the day walking around with the giant amazing camera I borrowed for the weekend.  Unfortunately, I do not possess the skill to use the camera well in low light.   One day.  For now I will just leave you with this photo of the crowd gathered for the auction:

If you missed the event and would like to donate, contact the company at rsvp at

I would love to see this sort of event happen again, hopefully for happier circumstances.  Of course, if you want to party in the workshop, come along to the next Red Carpet Party, but I think we should think bigger than that.  How about a few Sunday workshop parties a year to raise money for Assistant Directors, designer secondments, play developments, or readings.  Or let’s think really big: how great would it be if fundraising events like these could go towards creating and producing a Second Stage season for the State Theatre Company?  Works that take too many risks, or are too small to work for a three-week season in the 650 seat Dunstan Playhouse, put on for seasons in small Adelaide or suburban venues with fully paid professional staff.  That would be a great thing to see.