APRILS FOOL by ghkgkyyt



by David Burton
A true story of love, family, strength…and the choices we make.
In April 2009, two weeks short of his nineteenth birthday
Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds died due to complications
from illicit drug use.
Inspired by April’s Fool, an account of his son’s death by
Kristjan’s father, the Empire Theatre commissioned award-
winning playwright, David Burton to bring this story to the stage.
Using the words of Kristjan’s friends and family interviewed over
many months, the result is a powerful mix of sadness, loss, and
ultimately love, laced with humour. April's Fool promises to be a
thought-provoking and optimistic reflection on how we all live our
The cast features iconic Queensland actor Barbara Lowing and
the multi-talented Allen Laverty teamed with a cast of
Queensland’s best emerging artists. April's Fool will feature set
design by Josh McIntosh, media design by Craig Wilkinson and                                          Artist Contact Details
sound design by Brett Collery.                                                                        Name: Lewis Jones
Substance abuse is a very real and serious issue for young
                                                                                                      Phone: 07 4698 9920
people in many regional areas. The Western Downs Regional
Council and the Dalby & District Building Safer Communities                                           Email: lewis@empiretheatre.com.au
Action Team (BSCAT) have chosen to present April's Fool in                                            Website: www.empiretheatre.com.au
Dalby and Chinchilla to educate and raise awareness by
presenting a work created regionally. Travel from other centres
across the Western Downs will be sponsored by Council.

   Community Activities                                                                               Specifications and Requirements
   Type of Activity: Verbatim-theatre workshops                                                       Availability: March 2011
   Age activity best suited to: Ages 14-20                                                            Target audience: Secondary school age group (Years 8-
   Number of participants: 15                                                                         12) to adult

   Requirements: None                                                                                 Running time (including interval if relevant): 90 minutes
                                                                                                      (no interval)
   Duration: 70 minutes [double period]
                                                                                                      Number in touring party: 5 artists; 2 crew
   Cost per workshop: $150
                                                                                                      Bump in: 4 hours             Bump out: 2 hours
                                                                                                      Venue: Theatres, schools, community halls (indoor venue)
                                                                                                      Critical issues: Venue must be able to be sufficiently
                                                                                                      darkenedfor projection to be effective.
                                                                                                      Venue Technical requirements: 6m x 6m, 3-phase power,
                                                                                                      2 x dressing rooms
                                                                                                      Marketing materials: Promotional materials include
   Colleague Recommendation                                                                           publicity images, reviews, company and cast biographies.
   Venue: Carollee Murphy                                                                             Performance fee (incl. GST): $2,101 - $6,302
   Contact: Western Downs Regional Council                                                            Performance Royalties (%): 13% Playwright 10%; Design
                                                                                                      2.0% [Design - 1.0%, AV - 0.5%; Sound - 0.5%] Producer
   Phone: 07 4665 3133                                                                                1.0%
   Email: carollee.murphy@wdrc.qld.gov.au                                                             APRA (%): 0.5%

Disclaimer: The performance fee range may change subject to the level of demand for the production.                                                               18

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