Red Cap

July 11th, 2007 — July 14th, 2007


Civic Centre, Mount Isa


La Boite Theatre Company
Queensland Music Festival
Mount Isa City Council


Sean Mee


Janis Balodis


Iain Grandage


Liz Buchanan
Sandro Colarelli
Sally McKenzie
Peter Marshall
Daniel Murphy
Gordon Lucas
Iain Grandage
Shandelle Horsford
Lucy Warren
Burke Turner

Set Designer

Josh McIntosh

Lighting Designer

Carolyn Emerson

Sound Designer

Iain Grandage

Red Cap

Red Cap by Brisbane playwright Janis Balodis with music composed by Iain Grandage had seasons in both Mt Isa and Brisbane. Indeed, the Company’s stated objective “to create theatre that speaks to, and on behalf of, our community through telling stories that can contextualise and comment upon our lived experience”[i]  seemed to be epitomised in Red Cap, directed by Sean Mee – “a tale of community triumph over rampant authoritarianism”.[ii] A music-theatre production about the Mount Isa mining dispute of 1964 and its anti-hero Pat Mackie who led the miners against the company, the police and even their own union, it was a co-production by La Boite, Queensland Music Festival and Mount Isa City Council. As theatre critic Rosemary Sorensen wrote “… if we needed to make a case for theatre's ability to be relevant as well as entertaining, Red Cap has strong credentials”.[iii]

Writer: Christine Comans

[i] La Boite Theatre Company 2007 Annual Report, p.3

[ii] Red Cap publicity flyer, 2007.

[iii] Sorensen in The Australian, July 30, 2007.

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