Open Day at the Karnak Playhouse 26 August 2017

Karnak Playhouse Mossman 9 - 26 August 2017The Karnak Playhouse Open Day at Whyanbeel Nr. Mossman in Queensland, Australia  the late film actress Diane Cilento’s home, was held on Saturday 26 august 2017.  

My daughter went along to this event – with her family – and sent me this message :-

It was an amazing place to see! Still a bit of work to go, but they all have clear passion to make Karnak a nationally recognised creative hub where people can go and express their talents in a relaxed, positive and supportive environment. Informative speech from Diane Cilento’s daughter and close friend. I think they had lots of fun there in the 70’s ad 80’s!


Karnak Playhouse Mossman 26 August 2017The rainforest captivated Diane  and she purchased this small farm there – and soon established an amphitheatre which became The Karnak Playhouse – and that was more than 25 years ago.

Karnak Playhouse Mossman 3 - 26 August 2017

Karnak Playhouse Mossman 2 - 26 August 2017

Karnak Playhouse fell into disrepair, having not been used, after her death in 2011, which was mainly due to a long probate period that has only recently been resolved. There are plans now to turn the location into a vibrant performing arts venue, a place to nurture young and emerging performing artists.  Renovations of the site including the 500 seat outdoor theatre will require quite substantial funds and the Foundation hopes to attract public donations.

Karnak Playhouse Mossman 4 - 26 August 2017

Karnak Playhouse Mossman 10 - 26 August 2017

We have posted about The Karnak Playhouse previously when I visited in Autumn 2016, but could not gain entry at that time – but I am pleased to say that my daughter Joanna and family have been there – Wish I had too but maybe I will be lucky. It certainly looks a magic place.  The above pictures are mainly from my daughter.

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