Healthy Wealthy and Wise - The Grey Panthers


Brown's Mart Theatre, Darwin City

December 4-9, 1995

From False Teeth to Cardio Moves

From bedpans and false teeth to gardening and cardio moves, HEALTHY WEALTHY AND WISE followed the extraordinary adventures of the Grey Panthers. Through song and dance and a good dose of laughter, these matriarchs took us on a journey that evoked the humour, courage and beauty of women living in their later years.

The women shared their wisdom and experience and their willingness to go on learning as they help keep the trees of life blossoming. Old age is not just about wearing purple, knitting, and false teeth. These radical grandmothers challenged us to live our lives to the fullest. Powerful, entertaining, witty and poignant.

Creative Personnel

Director/Choreographer: Sarah Calver
Assistant Director Choreographer: David McMicken
Banner Designer and Maker: Joanna Barrkman
Stage Designer: Tim Newth
Musical Director: Anja Tait
Lighting Designer: Matthew James


The Grey Panthers: Joyce Tickell, Audrey Svara, Hanna Stamm, Greta Quong, Glad Morris, Audrey Gorring, Adie Bruce, Kay Brown, Kath Baldwin, Von Hill, Inger Andersson
Pianist: Ian Ellis
Banner Makers: Anthony Johnson, Gwen Brown, Trix (I wouldn’t be dead for quids) Mullooly, Marie Trewin, Esther Woolnough, Jane Escott


  • After the Ball is Over
  • My Hands Promised ...
  • When I'm an Old Woman I'll Wear Purple
  • 10 in a Bed: I'm Not Going!
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Sex
  • Shadow Play: Take It All Out
  • Methadone
  • The Worst Hangover
  • Alcohol
  • Super Women (Pop Pink Pills)
  • Bali Holiday
  • Leaving: Barney Google
  • Interval
  • Wisdom Song
  • Sipping White Coffee
  • Life Begins at 60
  • Owls and Chickens
  • Make The Most of the Time You've Got
  • Tai Chi
  • My Hands Tell the Story
  • Always (I'll be Lovin' You)
  • Achy Breaky Heart Line Dance
  • Caring and Wishes
  • Wealthy Song
  • Natural Health Remedies
  • Healthy Song
  • Aerobics - Absolutely Everybody

Tracks Dance Collective 1995

Co-Artistic Directors: Sarah Calver, David McMicken, Tim Newth

[Under Brown's Mart Community Arts – Executive Officer Ken Conway]


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