Artists Trevor Spohr (left) and Rolf Sieber with some of the works to be displayed at the Z-Pac Theatre tonight for the opening of Abstract Nude.
Artists Trevor Spohr (left) and Rolf Sieber with some of the works to be displayed at the Z-Pac Theatre tonight for the opening of Abstract Nude. Alistair Brightman/Fraser Coast Chronicle

Getting down to basics on stage

AS A HIGH school student in Adelaide Sarah Cooper had a thing for art. A relief sculpture sitting in the foyer of Hervey Bay's Z-Pac Theatre is proof positive.

“It is a head and torso coming out from behind a wall. It's about uncovering something that has been hidden, that whole teenage thing about discovery of self.”

Flicking forward from her high school days, Sarah is again embracing self discovery through art. This time it's on stage as Zara, a rather bizarre art fan in Abstract Nude, which opens at Z-Pac Theatre tonight.

As part of an opening night special, a mini exhibition of nude art will be displayed at the Zephyr Street theatre by a range of Fraser Coast artists including Rolf Seiber, Lesley Dahl, Marj Sullivan, Sadre Stokes, Jorge Pujol and Urangan State High School teacher Ms Cooper.

“Zara is someone my mum always feared I would turn into,” the 29-year-old says.

“Her ideas are fairly political and controversial. It's great to get the freedom to express those ideas without damaging my personal reputation. I hope.”

Richard Yaxley's Abstract Nude runs over three weekends (October 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, matinee, 30, 31).

The Mike Knight Trio will perform from 6pm in the theatre as part of opening night.

Tickets on sale at Mary Ryan's Bookshop and ABC Centre in Hervey Bay.



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