Terence Clarke will perform his one-man show, An Evening with Donald Friend, at Tweed Regional Gallery on June 25.
Terence Clarke will perform his one-man show, An Evening with Donald Friend, at Tweed Regional Gallery on June 25.

First play to be performed at gallery

TWEED Regional Gallery will host the legendary theatre director, composer and actor Terence Clarke for an exclusive performance of  An Evening with Donald Friend on Saturday, June 25.

Tickets are limited for this enthralling one-man show, which captures the essence of Donald Friend, the man and the artist, and reveals incidents of Friend’s exotic and colourful life.

Donald Friend (1915-1989) was a rare artist.  He was a painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, illustrator, decorator and writer.  

This play, devised by art historian, publisher and friend of the artist Lou Klepac, narrates stories selected from the 44 extraordinary diaries written by Donald Friend and now held in the National Library’s collection.

The diaries represent the personal vision of an important Australian artist, and also document Australian culture from the 1930s to the 1980s through his eyes.  His writing is humorous, caustic and incisive.

President of the Friends of the Gallery, Lyn Stewart, said it was a coup to welcome this renowned thespian to the Tweed.

"We are thrilled to be hosting this event and it’s the first time we've held a play in the gallery," she said.

An Evening with Donald Friend is being presented to coincide with the exhibition, The Mystery of Things: Margaret Olley and David Strachan, on display in the Margaret Olley Art Centre until August 7.  

Donald Friend was a contemporary and dear friend to both Margaret Olley and David Strachan.

Bookings for the play can be made Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm by phoning (02)66702790.

 Tickets cost $50 per person, $45 Friend of the Gallery or gallery foundation member.


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