Creative developments are essential to the playwriting process.  In April 2016 a successful Cairns Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund made the first creative development of Prospect Terrace possible. The grant included venue space for a five-day workshop and public presentation night in February 2018, at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, plus the artists-in-residence house on Collins Ave, Edge Hill, Cairns.

With guidance from Playlab’s Ian Lawson and input from Cairns actors, we read the script, brainstormed ideas and improvised on the floor. More editing ensued, which led to a  second creative development in March 2018. Funded by a successful Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) grant made available through Arts Queensland, it culminated in a public reading, directed by Ian Lawson, and held at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.  Despite torrential rain, Cairns theatre supporters turned out to watch the show and provide generous feedback.

In June 2019 local actors came together again on my back veranda to perform a full reading of the script. After, we shared wine, cheese and more invaluable feedback. With further editing and grant writing, I was rewarded with a second successful QASP grant, to produce the work.  Plays may be written by one person, but in reality they are a product of many. Now a rehearsal-ready draft of Prospect Terrace enthusiastically and optimistically waits for its production in November 2020. 

Supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Cairns Regional Council,  TAFE Queensland, Central Queensland University, Pip Miller PR, WCG Lawyers, Karydas Law, Cairns Little Theatre Inc, with special thanks to Cath Willacy, Deb Kember and Kevin Ryan.

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