To be held on February 8th 2016, the arts community and leaders from various industry sectors will be gathering at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Playhouse to celebrate and honour the life and career of Australian actress Carol Burns, who sadly passed away after a brief illness just before Christmas. This will take the form of a special tribute, produced by QPAC, Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) and the Actors’ Benevolent Fund. It will feature a variety of guest speakers and artists who worked with Burns during her career.
Carol began her professional career as a founding member of QTC in 1969 and went on to star in numerous productions alongside contemporaries Geoffrey Rush and Bille Brown among others. Since then, her name has been in lights for productions including 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. Most recently, she stunned audiences during her performance in Elizabeth: Almost By Chance A Woman (2012) and Happy Days (2015).
Carol worked with Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, Nimrod Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia among others, and in the United Kingdom, appeared in West End and regional productions, with guest roles in television series’ The Bill, Taggart, Casualty, Heartbeat and Hannay. On television in Australia she appeared in such iconic series as Prisoner as well as 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. Her films credits included The Mango Tree, Bad Blood, Starstruck, Strikebound, Hard Drive, Dusty, The Turning, Small Mercies and more recently Gettin’ Square and Tracks.
This will be a free event, held at 4:00pm at the QPAC Playhouse on Monday 8 February 2016. While it will not cost you anything to attend this session, in memory of Carol Burns and at her request, guests attending are encouraged to make a donation to the Actors’ & Entertainers’ Benevolent Fund (QLD).