Gala fundraising play for Douglas Vale homestead

Fundraising play: A play about the arrival of John Oxley in Port Macquarie is on at the Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard in October. Photo: supplied
Fundraising play: A play about the arrival of John Oxley in Port Macquarie is on at the Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard in October. Photo: supplied

A gala fundraising premiere performance of the play John Oxley’s Journey to Port Macquarie will be staged at Douglas Vale Historic Homestead and Vineyard on Sunday October 14.

Tickets are now available from the Glasshouse and cost $30 per person.

This performance is a fundraiser for Douglas Vale and is limited to 60 tickets.

The performance will be followed by light refreshments, as well as an opportunity to taste a special Heritage Port. 

The unique John Oxley 200th Anniversary Explorers Red Wine will be released and bottles will be available to purchase on this evening.

This play relates the story of the brave party who travelled from Bathurst to Port Macquarie and then back to Sydney and is based on the book: I Went With John Oxley by Port Macquarie-based author, Richard Grimmond.

There are eight males in the cast of the play, portraying the roles of John Oxley, George Evans, Charles Fraser and Doctor Harris. The remaining four roles are those of four of the accompanying convicts.

ABC Mid North Coast's Cameron Marshall is appearing in  the role of John Oxley. 

Other performers include actors from the Player’s Theatre, members of Port Macquarie Toastmasters and also some Douglas Vale members.

Talented artist, Pauline Roods, has volunteered to paint the backdrop.

The performance of the play is supported by a bi-centennial grant from the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and will also be performed on the bi-centennial open day at Douglas Vale on Saturday October 20 at noon.

A third and final performance will be at the Wauchope Country Club at 6pm on Tuesday night October 30.

John Oxley.

John Oxley.

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