Event The Optimist: The Life of Ezra Thomas Shorley
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Venue Queensland, QLD
First Date 22 April 2016
Last Date 24 April 2016
Dates Estimated Yes
Status Community
World Premiere No
Description Ezra Thomas Shorley (1868-1946), Immigrant, laborer, farmer, local councilor, recruiting sergeant, poet, song writer, hawker, redresser of the wrongs of the taxpayer, advocate fro the man on the land and eternal optimist.
The story of one man's life battle through his own words. With a cast of local performers and images and songs from the period, you will be transported through a little know chapter of our regional history.
Description Source Other
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Historical
Subjects Anzac
Name Function Notes
David Bell Actor Alfred (eldest son of E.T. and Miriam)
Laura Galley Actor Miriam (E.T.’s first wife)
Kerry Kay Actor Old E.T.
Ivan Richardson Actor Young E.T
Jodie Van de Wetering Actor Daisy (E.T.’s second wife)
David Walpole-Sinnamon Actor G. W. (Newspaper editor)
Chris Withoos Actor Les (second son of E.T. and Miriam)
Rod Ainsworth Director
Janet Stevenson Playwright
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information The Optimist is best described as a stage production supported by an intensive audio-visual multi-media presentation timed to match the stage action precisely. It was comprised of photographs, sound effects, sound files, recorded musical accompaniment to back the live singing and pre-recorded solo and choral performances to enhance the stage drama.
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Event Identifier 148499