19th September 2005

QUT will host acting sisters Joan Sydney and Maggie King for a rare performance together on October 6 when they perform two "playlets" from Deckchairs.

QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct will stage the playlets at Old Government House on the university's city campus as part of the popular community program Artspeak.

It will be one of the rare occasions that the sisters have appeared on stage together.

Presented by Christine Harris and HIT Productions, these two twist-in-the-tale playlets are set on an English seaside promenade.

Joan Sydney is best-known for her role as Matron Sloan on TV's A Country Practice, with other credits including the ABC's Something in the Air, and the theatre hits Steaming and Nunsense.

Maggie King has had a varied career spanning film, theatre and television, with shows including Blue Heelers and Neighbours. Her film appearances include Crackers and The Big Steal (which earned her an AFI nomination).

The Deckchairs playlets will be performed at Old Government House on QUT's city campus (2 George Street, Brisbane) on Thursday, October 6, from 10am to 12noon.

After the performance, guests can enjoy morning tea in the dining room of Old Government House with the actors.

Tickets are only $20 and bookings are essential. Phone 07 3864 8005.

Community programs at QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct are funded through John T Reid Charitable Trusts.

Media contacts:
- Elizabeth Graetz, QUT Gardens Cultural Precinct marketing oficer, 07 3864 9099 or e.graetz@qut.edu.au
- Mechelle Webb, QUT media officer, 07 3864 4494 or ml.webb@qut.edu.au

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