Final night for YLT director

Jill Curran's final night directing at Yeppoon Little Theatre

Trish Bowman

One of Central Queensland’s most dedicated and talented actor/directors has drawn the curtain for the last time.

Yeppoon Little Theatre (YLT) director and actor Jill Curran has directed and coordinated her final production, ‘Blokes Night Out’ at YLT’s iconic showcase venue last month after 22 years with the group.

Jill, who was given life membership in recognition for all she has done for YLT, began her journey in the world of amateur theatre at the age of twenty-six.

She said it was after she had her family and wanted to be more active in her community that her passion for theatre truly developed.

“I joined Rockhampton Little Theatre and then went on to join the Epworth Players where I did a lot of acting,” Jill said.

“When we moved to Capella, I joined a group in Emerald and used to commute for over an hour each way to rehearsals and shows.

“Eventually we formed our own group in Capella (named CATS), of course being such a small group, we had no directors at the time so I though I would try my hand at that.

“It was challenging work being both an actor and director, but I am immensely proud of what we achieved out there.

“We even took our plays up to Townsville for competitions where I won my first trophies.

“The group was very well supported by people who often drove miles to attend the shows.

“We began a group called the Kittens for young people who were still at school, mentoring young people was truly a pleasure.”

Jill said she is happy with her decision to step back from directing and will now take more time to relax and to write.

“I have loved every minute of my time with YLT and will continue to support the group and my interest in theatre,” she said.

“There is a lot of pressure being a director and I held a very high standard so it will be lovely to sit back and let someone else take the reins.

“I’m planning to share my writing with the group and will be more than happy to see my work hit the stage in Yeppoon.”

YLT’s President, Lorraine Phillips, herself a veteran actor who has been treading the boards for longer than she cares to remember, said Jill is a huge act to follow and her skills and know-how will be sorely missed.

“Purely by coincidence, Yeppoon Little Theatre is sponsoring a director’s workshop on the 24_25 July,” she said.

“These fun two days consist of workshops in all aspects of directing, from planning and script deconstruction to playing with space and collaborating with actors, hosted by seasoned directors to help you find your feet with time to work with ideas and scripts that you can present on the second day.

“Participants will be supported every step through mentoring and assistance.

“Attendees will have access to experienced directors to help with creations and the resources of YLT including scripts, stage, costumes, lighting and sound.”

Bookings for the director’s workshop at Yeppoon Little Theatre Website yeppoonlittletheatre.org.au/