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Whistling Past the Graveyard


Let's whistle past the graveyard!

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Leah Cotterell and Narelle McCoy and Anywhere Festivals


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Presented by Leah Cotterell and Narelle McCoy, and Anywhere Festival

Let’s whistle past the graveyard!

On a lovely autumn afternoon in May among the old stone monuments, two talented raconteurs will share fascinating reflections about funerals and the end of life.

In ‘Whistling Past the Graveyard’ Doctor Leah Cotterell and Mistress Narelle McCoy will draw from their written memoirs and academic research to look at the best and worst of funerals, from the sad to the sublime and the uplifting. The musical materials will be as eclectic as the subject matter, ranging from classical and folk song to emblematic pop songs and of course, together we will sing ‘Amazing Grace’. These wonderfully eclectic singing stylists will be accompanied by the world-class talents of Jamie Clark (guitar) and Luke Moller (Irish fiddle).

We have two performances at the beautiful historic South Brisbane Cemetery in Dutton Park – May 6 and 7 at 3:30pm


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    Immersive, Musical Theatre

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    South Brisbane Cemetery

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    Date & Time

    6 May 2023 @ 3:30 pm - 7 May 2023 @ 4:40 pm


    70 min(s)

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    Australian Premiere


    Relaxed performances, Wheelchair accessible


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    Doors Open


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    BYO seating, blanket or folding chairs, and water

Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we present Anywhere Festival, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, Turrbal and Yuggera Peoples. We wish to pay respect to their Elders - past, present and emerging - and acknowledge the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their stories continue to play.