• Cameron Gaffney
  • Dale Absolon and Sylvia Absolon
  • Desley Soden and Beverley Soden
  • Jan Moody and Jan Given Spence
  • Jenny Lukowski and Margaret Doumany
  • Lyle Schwarten and Annabelle Crittall
  • Lynne Schofield and Maxine McElnea
  • Moya Pennell and Jan Moody OAM
  • Richelle Faulkner Ruth Paterson and Ted Faulkner
  • Roz Dempsey
  • Sue Johnson and Pat Kratzke
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St Luke’s Theatre Society

At the opening night of St Luke’s Theatre Society’s A Month of Sundays, Roz Dempsey is buzzing around passing trays of food and morsels of information.

“I’m nobody important,” she says, downplaying her role running the society’s front-of-house and charity shop. (Last year the group, which donates all of its profits to charity, raised $5000.)

Instead, she steers us towards some of the theatre group’s luminaries, here to celebrate the 68-year-old society’s 200th play.

Margaret Doumany is a veteran, having performed with St Luke’s for 43 years, most recently in 2014 in Travelling North.

Across the foyer is Jan Moody who, at 91, is the last surviving foundation member and a proud bearer of an Order of Australia for services to theatre.

And out the front, quietly sipping his second glass of red wine, is director Cameron Gaffney whose link to St Luke’s goes back to his school days when he played violin for the musicals under the direction of his mother, pianist Ann.

“I’m not nervous at all,” he says, taking another sip. “It’s all up to the cast now.”

Words: Angela Bensted
Pictures: Bridie Devereaux
Cameron Gaffney Dale Absolon and Sylvia Absolon Desley Soden and Beverley Soden Jan Moody and Jan Given Spence Jenny Lukowski and Margaret Doumany Lyle Schwarten and Annabelle Crittall Lynne Schofield and Maxine McElnea Moya Pennell and Jan Moody OAM Richelle Faulkner Ruth Paterson and Ted Faulkner Roz Dempsey Sue Johnson and Pat Kratzke