17 March 2018: Annual General Meeting, to be held at the Prahran Mechanics Institute - Bernard Caleo on Federici and the Princess's Theatre
26 May 2018: Launch of the JCW Scene Books website (The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne)
14 July 2018: Robert Ray on a life as director and choreographer (The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne)
5 September 2018: Katie Flack on Pansy "La Milo" Montague (State Library of Victoria)
17 November 2018: Cheryl Threadgold OAM on the history and culture of amateur theatre in Victoria (The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne)
Cheryl Threadgold will discuss the historical and socio-cultural significance of amateur theatre in Victoria, from early Australian colonial theatre to today’s vibrant theatrical arts sector. Currently, more than 100 musical and non-musical amateur theatre companies operate in Victorian regional and metropolitan areas.
Pansy ‘La Milo’ Montague was an actress from Melbourne who found fame and fortune posing on stage as classical statues, clad in little more than white paint. She debuted her 'living statue' repertoire in 1905, and developed over 20 poses, including an apparently armless Venus de Milo.
Ten scene books providing a unique visual record of Australia’s early theatre history, have been digitised and made available online for all to download, study and enjoy.