Ralph Wilson Festival

  • VENUE: Gorman Arts Centre : Ralph Wilson Theatre
  • COST: Free
  • BOOKINGS: Essential
  • WHEN: 12:30pm to 5pm
    28 May 2019
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The late theatre director Ralph Wilson OAM staged 200 plays in the National Capital, introducing Canberrans to the great classics of the stage, stirring up fiery debate in the world of theatre and eventually turning his eye to the realm of education. As Principal of Canberra High School, Wilson dedicated his career to teaching generations of school children to look beyond the superficial, unpacking theatrical works with his distinctive methodology and passion for the stage.

To mark 25 years since his death, a group of Canberra theatre practitioners have joined Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres to mount a celebration of his life in ‘The Ralph,’ the theatre named after him in Gorman Arts Centre.

From lunchtime through to the evening on May 28th, the exact 25th anniversary of his death, there will be excerpts from the plays he loved, the laying of a plaque in his memory, reminiscences, imagery and an exhibition of watercolour paintings by the man himself.

As a special treat there will be performances from Wilson’s favourite Brecht works, presented by the young actors of Daramalan College Theatre.