September 2018   |     Newsletter 117
Book Tickets for The Touch of Silk

The Lieder Theatre Company

An Australian Classic

The Touch of Silk
By Betty Roland
Directed by Chrisjohn Hancock
Assistant Director Christine Bentley
Music performed by Paul Paviour, OAM

Opening on Wednesday 12 September

Then continuing:
Friday 14, 21, 28 September 7.30pm
Saturday 15, 22, 29 September 7.30pm
Wednesday 19, 26 September 7.30pm
Matinee on Saturday 22 September 2pm

Opening night on Wednesday 12 September is hosted by Labor Candidate Ursula Stephens, and  commences at 6.30pm with a special champagne supper. Tickets for opening night are $30 for adults, $25 for concessions and $15 for students, and can be purchased online or by phoning 0490 178 995.

Tickets for all other performances can be purchased online, in person at Goulburn Medical Clinic McKell Place, or at the theatre before each performance.

For further enquiries contact the Lieder Theatre on (02) 4821 5066 or

The Touch of Silk is recognised as a classic Australian play, written by Betty Roland in 1928 and set in a drought-stricken rural district in Victoria – though it could be anywhere around here.

The play is unusual, especially for its time, in its predominant female characters.  Jeanne is French and came from Paris to Australia with her new husband, Jim Davidson, at the end of World War 1, ten years ago. Mrs Davidson is her mother-in-law and represents xenophobic Australia. The two are as opposite as can be and at constant loggerheads. In between them is Jim, suffering from shell-shock, and round about them are local country folk living out their mundane lives. Just as opposite as the wife and the mother-in-law is the Paris Jeanne remembers and the barren sheep farm and society where she now lives.  

Although this is a drama, one of the strengths of the play is its very Australian characterisations, and much of the play’s charm and humour is vested in them. It is also very much a play of its time and place – 1928 in rural Australia and, as one would expect of a Lieder production, much consideration has gone into representing both in costumes and scenery. All this will be accompanied by Paul Paviour, OAM on piano for each performance.

The Touch of Silk is a very timely production for the Lieder. Its first act is set in September 1928, exactly 90 years from when it will be performed at the Lieder, and 100 years after the end of World War 1 we are performing a play that sensitively deals with one of the after effects of any war: post- traumatic stress disorder - which was called shell shock back then, and often dismissed as weakness.

As art reflects life, The Touch of Silk reflects life today: lack of rain, starving sheep dying in boggy dams, Jim’s mortgaging his mother’s farm to borrow money to keep his farm going. Amidst all of this, Jeanne longs for the touch of silk against her skin. Writing about the play in 1974 the Australian poet A D Hope said “Jeanne, of course is Jim’s touch of silk and she is his extravagance as much as the silk . . . is hers.”


The Touch of Silk features Courtney McKenzie - with a delightful French accent - as Jeanne, supported by newcomer Hannah Cotton and older hands Shane Daly, Vince Davis, Muffy Hedges, Jennifer Lamb, Ryan Paranthoiene, David Rayner, Blake Selmes and Step Warden. They have been directed by Chrisjohn Hancock, with  wonderful assistance from Christine Bentley, stage management by Rangii Paerau, and period costumes by Helena Bozzetto and Pauline Mullen. All photos by Danny Scott Photography.

Book Tickets for The Touch of Silk


For the Lieder Theatre's end of year production

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Saturday 15 September 2pm at the Lieder Theatre

Rehearsals will commence in late September, and the show opens on 21 November for a three week season.
All ages required.
For  more information, contact Chrisjohn at the theatre on (02) 4821 5066 or


Congratulations to the young cast and crew of the Lieder Youth Theatre's recent production of The Circle of Chalk. It was fantastic to see so many young people treading the boards, some of them for the very first time. You all did an amazing job!
Thanks also to director and drama teacher Jock McLean for all your hard work and dedication in guiding our young superstars!


A weekend of workshops, discussions and networking, culminating in performances, Periphery will examine theatre as a tool for social change through the shared experiences of a broad range of community organisations, theatre practitioners and interested individuals.

19-21 October 2018
panel discussions

We welcome all those who may wish to create, collaborate, discuss, engage, network or share.

Our Guests - Teatr Brama hailing from Goleniow, Poland
Teatr Brama are expert practitioners of Social Community Theatre. They revolutionise the relationship between audience and theatre by utilising performance to create a participatory meeting, not a spectator activity. The Teatr Brama ensemble is a diverse group dedicated to a common artistic goal, realised by researching the heights and depths of emotion, recalling heritage and reacting to the reality of life. Partners in the Caravan Next project, Teatr Brama will share their experience by spreading inspiration, tools and knowledge about Social Community Theatre.

Our Hosts - The Lieder Theatre Company
Inhabiting the small city of Goulburn in regional Australia, the Lieder Theatre Company do not shy away from big issues and edgy theatre experiences. As Australia's oldest continuously running theatre company, the Lieder are known for their inclusive and collaborative approach, pushing performance boundaries to explore the psyche of their local community. The Lieder Theatre Company presents up to 5 major performance projects each year along with numerous community events, readings, workshops, short seasons of experimental and new work as well as nurturing a thriving youth theatre. The Lieder theatre look forward to opening up discussions around the challenges faced by community theatre groups who seek to do more than just entertain, but wish to engage and provide meaningful theatre experiences.

Our Inspiration- Theatre for Social Change
Caravan Next is a large-scale Social Community Theatre collaborative project connecting professional artists with communities and citizens in a network of theatre organisations and cultural institutions The concept of Social Community Theatre is to use art and theatre to promote community empowerment. It is an art form that expands the traditional concept of both “theatre” and ”audience” and rethinks theatre as a process of meeting and exchange between local citizens and professional artists. In this process, the participators from the community are co-authors and co-actors of the final product. Thus, Social Community Theatre is also a way to get into contact with present challenges of the different communities and to establish new networks. The Caravan Next Project was initiated and inspired by Odin Theatre who have been guiding the work of its European partners with this project.

Tickets $80 for the Weekend | $60 Concession | $50 Single Day Includes master classes, panel discussions, workshops, performances and some light refreshments.

For more information contact the Lieder Theatre on (02) 4821 5066 or email

Where's Chrisjohn?

Artistic Director, Chrisjohn Hancock, is on his way back from a whirlwind visit to Poland in recent weeks. Chrisjohn has attended, Caravan Next, the Human Mosaic Festival of Poland's Teatr Brama, focusing on social community theatre and theatre as a tool for social change.
Chrisjohn reports that he's met some amazing people, attended incredible workshops, seen some wonderful performances, and listened to some great music!
Chrisjohn, Teatr Brama's Jenny and Daniel, and Alice Williams from Milk Crate Theatre in Sydney.

We hope you've had a great time, Chrisjohn, and we're very much looking forward to meeting our Polish friends when they visit Goulburn in October for Periphery.
From the President...

Congratulations to Jock McLean and his wonderful cast and crew of The Circle of Chalk for an excellent production.  Great to see so many accomplished young people on stage, and we look forward to seeing them back there again in the near future.
Now we head into the season of The Touch of Silk, a beautiful Australian classic written 90 years ago, yet relevant to so much that is happening today.  Set in the 1928, it brilliantly evokes that era - though without the Charleston.  It is set in a drought stricken rural district and, much as we desperately want rain around here, it would be fitting if it remained dry throughout The Touch of Silk season – but don’t tell my cows I said that.
Not long after, on the weekend of 19-21 October, the Lieder is delighted to be hosting Teatr Brama from Poland for Periphery – a weekend of workshops, master classes, discussions and performances exploring theatre as a tool for change.  This is a significant event for the Lieder and the region, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase what we do and where we do it.  We encourage all our members to come along – there is a special discount for members.
So it’s busy times ahead at the Lieder, so make sure you’re part of them
Jennifer Lamb
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Phone: (02) 4821 5066


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