Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

Catherine McGregor, Priscilla Jackman & Heather Mitchell moderated by David Whitney

Sunday 26 August 2018
4.00PM – 5.00PM
Visions Theatre
National Museum of Australia

Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story written and directed by Priscilla Jackman, and staring Heather Mitchell, premiered at Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf One Theatre in April 2018. Based on extensive interviews with Catherine McGregor, this landmark production, represents the first Australian mainstage theatrical work to focus on the complexities of the transgender experience. Join us in the fascinating discussion on the process of writing between subject, director and actor in conversation with arts administrator and consummate consumer David Whitney.

Catherine McGregor is a writer and broadcaster on poli and cricket for the ABC and Fairfax. She is a published author who served in the Australian Defence Force for over 4 decades. She was awarded the Order of Australia for her exceptional service. She is currently writing her memoir for Allen and Unwin and is a semi-professional Cricketer playing first grade in Hobart.

Priscilla Jackman is a director whose background in acting has informed her work in both Sydney and the UK. In 2017 Priscilla was awarded the Berlin New Music Opera Award, from The Opera Foundation for Young Australians working at the Komische Opera under Barrie Kosky. She was the Resident Director of Sport for Jove’s Winter Season (2017), and the inaugural winner of the Sandra Bates Directing Award at Ensemble Theatre (2016). Priscilla graduated the NIDA directing course in 2015. In 2014/15 Priscilla was invited to work with Complicite (UK), in devising educational resources to support innovative devising processes. She is a lecturer at NIDA and holds a Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Acting (USQ), and a Bachelor of Teaching (UWS) where she was the recipient of the Deans Medal of the Arts.

Heather Mitchell is one of Australia’s most acclaimed actors appearing regularly in theatre, film and television. With a career spanning more than three decades she has performed in hundreds of productions with The Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, State Theatre Company, Belvoir Street and The Malthouse Theatres. Her film and Television credits are countless. She has worked alongside some of the world’s greatest actors, directors and writers and has won awards both here and in the United States. She is on the Board of the Sydney Theatre Company and a Director on the Foundation Board. She is an Ambassador for Breastsurganz and for the National Centre for Cancer Survivorship and was previously on the NIDA board. Her acting credits include: Rake, A Place to Call Home, Janet King, The Great Gatsby, Rogue, Strictly Ballroom the Musical, Hayfever, Le Liaison Dangereuses and The Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story

David Whitney trained as a secondary drama teacher in Adelaide before undertaking ten years arts management experience at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Here he worked on community arts projects, outdoor programs for the Come Out Youth Festival and the Adelaide Festival and presenting many theatrical and concert performances. Moving to regional South Australia, David was General Manager of the Riverland Cultural Trust. He then moved to Alice Springs where he was Director of the Araluen Arts Centre. Canberra called and David was appointed to the position of Director of the Canberra Theatre Centre followed by the role of Director of artsACT, the ACT Governments Arts Policy and Funding Department.