Leaders from the arts community and various local industries are set to gather at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Playhouse to honour the life and career of the acclaimed Australian actress, Carol Burns.
Carol Burns, one of Queensland’s greatest stars, passed away after a brief illness just before Christmas.
QPAC, Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund will produce this tribute, which will be held at the QPAC Playhouse on Monday 8 February and feature a variety of guest speakers and artists.
Perhaps best known for cult favourite role as Franky Doyle in television series Prisoner (for which she won a TV Week Logie Award for Best Lead Actress), Carol was hailed as Queensland’s matriarch of stage and screen over the course of her 50-year career.
Carol began her career as a founding member of QTC in 1969, going on to star alongside the likes of Geoffrey Rush and Bille Brown in productions like The Female of the Species, Rabbit Hole, Black Comedy, Private Lives, The Real Inspector Hound, A Conversation, Bill & Mary, The Clean House, Design For Living, The Glass Menagerie and more.
In 2012, she earned rave reviews for her performance in Elizabeth: Almost By Chance A Woman, by Italian playwright Dario Fro.
Just six months ago, she once again appeared on QTC’s mainstage, taking the lead role in Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days.
As well as her work with QTC, Carol worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Nimrod Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia, and also made her mark on West End in the United Kingdom.
As a director, she took the helm of several productions, including The Road to Mecca and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and her own stage adaptation of Picnic At Hanging Rock at Brisbane Arts Theatre.
On screen, she appeared in television series like Prisoner, The Day of the Roses, The Love of Lionel’s Life, Blue Heelers, Reef Doctors, Small Claims, Carson’s Law, Flipper, All The Rivers Run, Fire, Medivac and Pig in a Poke, as well as The Bill, Taggart, Casualty, Heartbeat and Hannay in the UK. Her film credits included The Mango Tree, Bat Blood, Starstruck, Strikebound, Hard Drive, Dusty, The Turning, Small Mercies, Gettin’ Square and Tracks.
Carol was also a leader in the arts community through her roles as a founding member and Associate Artist of QTC and Queensland Arts Council/Artslink; Patron of The Independent Theatre (Eumundi) and Fame Theatre School (Brisbane); a member of Actors Equity since 1973; President of Actors Equity Queensland; and a member of the National Performance Committee. She championed artists in need through her role as Vice-President of the Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld) Inc.
A Tribute To Carol Burns will be held at the QPAC Playhouse on Monday 8 February from 4pm. After the Tribute, guests are invited to the Playhouse foyer to share stories and memories of Carol’s life and illustrious career.
Tickets are available now at qpac.com.au, at the qtix box office, or by calling 136 246. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. This is a free event, but at the request of Carol Burns, guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (Qld).