Head Full of Love
The Annual Alice Springs Beanie Festival is fast approaching and Tilly Napuljari is running out of time to finish her new creation in time to enter it for judging. Nessa Tavistock, a Sydneysider, has run away to the red centre to escape her own problems back in the big smoke.
Head Full of Love is the story of these two remarkable women and the unlikely but inspiring friendship which forms between them. It invites you to look differently at the possibilities of the humble beanie: a much-loved everyday item, and an extension of our selves and the everyday lives we wear.
This intricate, warm and wisely told tale by Australian playwright Alana Valentine (Run Rabbit Run, Parramatta Girls) is directed by Wesley Enoch and stars Colette Mann (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Strange Bedfellows) and Roxanne McDonald (Skin of our Teeth, Parramatta Girls, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie’s Table).
“If you are looking for a positive way to take the edge off the winter chill – from the inside out – it’s hard to beat leaving a theatre with a greater sense of awareness and connectedness, earnt with smiles and laughter” Courier Mail
“Head Full of Love is the most beautiful, vibrant, straightforward storytelling you will experience all year. From the head and heart of Playwright, Alana Valentine (Run Rabbit Run and Parramatta Girls), this is an extraordinary piece of theatre and one of the most important current works in this country, in terms of art and politics marrying up to inspire social change.” XS Entertainment
“This play defies genre definitions. It is a drama about intertwined lives but is so full of humour that you leave the theatre with a warm and fuzzy respect for the central problem – and hopefully remember it and discuss it widely” Stage Whispers
“Head Full of Love touches on the contentious issue of black-white relations with agility, sensitivity and courage. This is a community conversation that is long overdue…McDonald and Mann are superlative storytellers who negotiate their way through their turbulent relationship with contagious humour and disarming charm. Director Wesley Enoch’s touch is imprinted on every story — honesty, simplicity and imagination pervading all.” The Australian
“…Head Full of Love will make you think, make you laugh and make you cry. And really, isn’t that what theatre is all about?” ArtsHub
More about Head Full of Love and Colette Mann on Channel Ten’s The Circle.
QTC’s Beanie Bin
In line with this heart-warming production, Queensland Theatre Company is putting out the call out for winter warmers to fill our Beanie Bin and assist those who are really feeling the cold this winter. The QTC Beanie Bin is located in the Cremorne Theatre foyer, and we are calling for good quality, second hand knits, beanies, scarves and any other woolly-warmers to go towards St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal and make someone else’s winter a tad more toasty.
Head Full of Love was commissioned and first produced by Darwin Festival 2010.
Approx running time: 1 hour 35 mins with no interval.