Stage acts perform for Australia Day

Gemma Steenholdt, Gemma Upson-McPike, James Thwaites and Ryan Quinn from Red Door Theatre, will perform a preview of  their next show All Shook Up at this year’s Australia Day celebrations. The celebrations will be at the historic Colac Botanic Gardens.

Gemma Steenholdt, Gemma Upson-McPike, James Thwaites and Ryan Quinn from Red Door Theatre, will perform a preview of their next show All Shook Up at this year’s Australia Day celebrations. The celebrations will be at the historic Colac Botanic Gardens.

COLAC’S Australia Day festival will include stage performances, arts workshops and botanical celebrations.

Colac Botanic Gardens will host this year’s Australia Day celebrations on January 26 to mark the gardens’ 150th anniversary, as part of year-long anniversary activities.

Stage performances on Australia Day will include Melbourne theatre group Born in a Taxi putting on a show called Curious Game where characters from an oversized chess board come to life.

Colac’s Red Door Theatre will have a preview of its upcoming February show All Shock Up.

Journalist and Seven Network football commentator Samantha Lane is this year’s Australia Day ambassador and will be at the Colac Botanic Gardens event.

Art will be a focus at this year’s event with Birregurra Arts Group hosting a free drawing activity.

Birregurra Arts Group chairwoman Fiona Bradshaw said the group would set up four easels and still life settings.

“Materials and paper are available, and people can take home their artwork and leave it on display,” she said.

“We invite participants to get creative, draw a scene, and leave your troubles behind.”

Other events on the day include, tai chi demonstrations, a headwear and mask workshop and a dress-up parade.

The Australian Plant society will display plants and provide information about the plants in the Colac Botanic Gardens.

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