A Bowls Club Wedding - The Grey Panthers

A Bowls Club Wedding - The Grey Panthers


    Darwin Bowls Club, Fannie Bay, Darwin

    Aug 14-16, 21-24, 2003
    Darwin Festival

    A world war of dancing

    'A Bowls Club Wedding' was conceived by David McMicken and MerriIee Mills. Over many years of work with the Grey Panthers they came to a rich appreciation of the ‘friendly rivalry’ that exists between these women and their teams (bowling, softball, golf). David and Merrilee decided to take this just a little bit further!

    Do you remember a time when things were a little simpler? A time when the biggest worry was who might win the next tournament or even what to wear to your best friend’s wedding? Who ever thought that ‘team spirit’ could lead us to the very brink of a world war of dancing?

    Tracks Dance Company invites you to the wackiest wedding of the year, a celebration of love sparked by rivalry in the twilight years.

    Jack and Kitty, the bride and groom, are long standing members of feuding bowls clubs, the Top End Terrors (snakes in the grass – bowls with bite) and the Mindil Monitors (prickly with a nasty tongue). They are mavericks in a world where team acrimony festers through generations of ardent supporters. Tribal loyalties run so deep that such a union is an outrage!

    The Top End Terrors

    Oh we’re the Top End Terrors
    We put up quite a fight
    The other teams
    Are old has beens
    Coz we’́re the team with bite. BITE!

    The Mindil Monitors

    We are the Mindil Monitors
    We rule the bowling green
    We’re hard and fast We’́ll kick your grass
    We’re slick we’́re quick we’re mean.
    Can Jack and Kitty prove that true love later in life conquers all?

    'A Bowls Club Wedding 'was the ‘hit of Darwin Festival 2003’. It featured the fabulous Grey Panthers who were accompanied by local comedy legends Gail Evans and Yoris Wilson and Tracks’ male youth dancers who displayed a funky ballroom style.

    As parochial as Dimboola and as zany as Crackerjack, 'A Bowls Club Wedding' shared the passion of Romeo and Juliet with the fury of a footy grand final!

    Creative Personnel

    Director, choreographer: David McMicken
    Co Director and designer: Tim Newth
    Co-Conceiver and Musical Coordinator: Merrilee Mills
    Choreography: Julia Quinn, David McMicken
    Writer/text: Gail Evans
    Lighting Design: Neil Macknight
    Additional Costume Construction: Louise Rieck
    Sets and Props: Janice McEwen
    Flowers and Decorations: Betty Newton

    Production and Promotion Personnel

    Technical Operator: Elka Kerkhofs
    Stage Hands: Alex Bennet, Guy Bannister
    Promotions: Suzanne Fermanis
    Publicist: Sue Camilleri
    Front of House Manager: Heather Richards
    Sound Engineer: John Hammat
    Poster Image and Design: Mark Marcelis


    The Top End Terrors

    Gail Evans – Lori the MC
    Julia Quinn – Flower Girl
    Kevin Gould – Jack The Groom
    Friends of the groom: Margaret Glowacki (Maid of Honour), Lucy Aylett, Beryl Darben, Kathleen Harding, Crena Hemmings, Elaine Marlow, Greta Quong, Jacquie Williams, Josh Mu

    The Mindil Monitors

    Yoris Wilson – Gil the MC
    Audrey Gorring – Kitty the Bride
    Friends of the Bride: Betty Ballinger, Barby Barclay, Kay Brown, Adie Bruce, Bette Chapman, Val Clark, Jan Hastings, Lois Penman, Shirley Somers (Bride’s Maid), Marko Taopo, Byron Low


    • Prologue – The Arrival
    • Act 1 – Trying to be Nice Interval
    • Act 2 – The Attraction/The Art of Playing Bowls
    • Act 3 – Rivalry Out of Control

    The Grey Panthers are a unique group of Territory women predominantly over 60. The group formed in 1988 (under Sarah Calver). With over 1,200 collective years of wisdom they dance, they sing, they act, they write, perform drill marching and poetry, and they ride on the back of Harley-Davidson bikes in street parades. There is very little these women don’t do!

    They perform regularly for special events, especially for older adults, women, and health specific organisations.

    Tracks 2003

    Artistic Directors: David McMicken and Tim Newth
    General Manager: Suzanne Fermanis
    Dance Animateur: Julia Quinn
    Book-keeper: Heather Richards
    Publicist: Sue Camilleri
    Office Administrators: Heather Richards (Jan - Feb), Janice McEwan (March - April), Rukshana Ramachandran (June - August), Jolene Mooney (September -December)

    Committee Members:  Jackie Wurm (Chair), David Taylor (Vice-Chair), Glenn Bernardin (Treasurer), Kyleigh Hindson (Secretary/Public Officer), Ken Conway, Donna Quong, Jill MacAndrew, Kay Brown (Ordinary Committee Members), David McMicken and Tim Newth (Ex-Officio Members)

    Photo: Mark Marcelis. (l-r) foreground Margaret Glowacki, Shirley Somers kneeling Val Clark bac sitting l-r Lois Penman, Jan Hastings, Adie Bruce, Betty Ballinger, Greta Quong, Elaine Marlow, Barby Barclay standing Yoris Wilson.
    Photo: Mark Marcelis. (l-r) Gail Evans, Yoris Wilson
    Photo: Mark Marcelis. (l-r) Crena Hemmings, Elaine Marlow, Kevin Gould, Audrey Gorring, Kay Brown, Adie Bruce.
    Photographer unknown. (l-r) Crena Hemmings, Jacquie Williams, Kevin Gould.
    Photographer unknown. (l-r ) Jan Hastings, Lois Penman, Bette Chapman, Kay Brown crouching front Barby Barclay.
    Photographer unknown. (l-r ) Jan Hastings, Val Clark, Betty Ballinger, Kay Brown, Adie Bruce.
    Photographer unknown. (l-r ) Greta Quong, Jacqui Williams, Lois Penman, Kathleen Harding, Jan Hastings
    Photographer unknown. (l-r ) Yoris Wilson, Gail Evans

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    Media Response

    "Darwin audiences have recently been thrilled and uplifted by 'A Bowls Club Wedding' a recent production of TRACKS Inc. Featuring the Grey Panthers, this raucously amusing theatrical entrepot of song, dance and music enjoyed a sell out season during the 2003 Darwin Festival.

    The combination of pulse and verve of these young dancers juxtaposed the grace and charm of the Grey Panthers to create a work where dance, in various genres and forms, took centre stage…

    However, it was the contrast, between young and old - dance of the past and dance of present – that gave A Bowls Club Wedding its edge of distinction. With comedy and wit the coming together of different generations through the dance styles that mark their times, conveyed the continuum of dance as a social form of expression and enjoyment. 'A Bowls Club Wedding' was received by Darwin audiences with heartfelt pleasure. The "dancing grannies" combined with the "grunge ‘n groove grandsons" made a potent cocktail that left its audience with a mellow afterglow." Joanna Barrkman, Real Time

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