The first Berry Conversations event of 2017 will feature noted actor, Garry McDonald AO, and distinguished theatre producer Christine Dunstan, appearing together on Sunday, April 2.
Berry Conversations, a series of Sunday afternoon public conversations with well-known authors and other cultural figures, was launched in April 2016.
Named an Australian National Living Treasure in 1997, McDonald is best known for his renowned television characters ‘the little Aussie bleeder’ Norman Gunston, and the long-suffering Arthur Beare from Mother and Son.
A graduate of NIDA, he has appeared in more than 60 stage productions, many films including most recently The Light Between Oceans, and a host of other television programs.
Suffering from anxiety, McDonald talks openly about his condition and is a strong advocate of mental health.
He was appointed an Office of the Order of Australia in 2003 for his work in the area of mental illness, in addition to his services in the entertainment industry and is a former board director of Beyond Blue.
Winner of the 2015 Sydney Theatre Critics Lifetime Achievement Award, Dunstan is one of Australia’s most experienced theatre producers.
Founder of the Stagewright Group of Companies in 1976 she subsequently became CEO of the Aruluen Centre for Arts and Entertainment in Alice Springs.
Returning to Sydney in 1993, she formed Christine Dunstan Productions and immediately joined Barry Humphries to be his production director, a position she held for two years.
More recently, she has produced and toured major stage productions for families.
The event will run from 3pm-5pm at Berry Sport and Recreation Centre, 660 Coolangatta Road.
Their hour-long conversation includes an audience Q&A and will be followed by a reception and refreshments.
Tickets are $30 (includes refreshments).
Purchase at the Berry Music Centre, Queen Street; online at Try Booking.Com; or at the door if you have pre-booked by calling 4464 3553.
Proceeds after expenses are donated to a local community organisation.