Kate receives grant to develop play

A $20,000 grant will help director Kate Wild develop a play featuring music from Brisbane indie-rock band The Go Betweens.
A $20,000 grant will help director Kate Wild develop a play featuring music from Brisbane indie-rock band The Go Betweens. Jacqueline Henry

SANDGATE theatre director Kate Wild has won a grant to develop a play featuring music from the much-loved Brisbane band The Go Betweens.

She received a 2017 BACI Award Creative Sparks Grant (jointly funded by Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland) worth $20,570 and will use it to develop the draft of her play The Sound of a Finished Kiss which is a new music theatre work featuring songs of indie-rock band The Go-Betweens.

Ms Wild said, "The grant will enable me to finish and direct the play and put it on show for the industry.

"It's a vote of confidence to be given an awards like this. It's great that people are interested in the work and the money allows me to collaborate with artists and take the script to the next stage of development.”

Ms Wild said the music of The Go Betweens inspired the play.

"Brisbane has this fantastic, internationally-acclaimed rock band everyone is proud of and their songs have a great theatrical appeal.

"The play uses the songs to tell a story about the music and about the Brisbane the music came out of; what the music means to a certain group of people coming of age in Brisbane and growing up in the 1990s.

"The play is about how music can bring up the past and also a place,” she said.

Ms Wild started her theatre company Now Look Here in 2015.

"Starting my own theatre company was a way of creating an opportunity for people to come and see my work. It's about getting my work out there,” she said.

"I'm currently directing Splendour which was written by Abi Morgan and the entire cast and crew are women.”

Splendour will run from March 29 to April 8 at Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane. For bookings phone 3002 7100.

Deagon resident Emma Lindsay also received a Creative Sparks Grant - $20,900 for 'Anthropocene Project: Great Barrier Reef', which will result in a solo exhibition highlighting regional Queensland Great Barrier Reef species and habitats.

Chermside West resident Dr Lee McGowan received a $21,582 Helen Taylor Research Award for Local History for his project 'With the ball at Her Feet - A living history of Women's Football in Brisbane'. This will see the delivery of an innovative and interactive archival project and a community storytelling project.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the BACI awards paid tribute to more than 20 talented individuals and groups based in Brisbane.

"The BACI Awards are just one example of the many initiatives Council undertakes to support our creative and innovative talents,” Cr Quirk said.

"More than $400,000 has been provided to this year's winners across four categories including the Creative Sparks Program, Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships, Brisbane History Grants and the Innovation Award.

"Through these grants, we can provide the financial backing to help support and nurture these talents into successful enterprises.”

For more information on the BACI Awards visit or call Council on 3403 8888.

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