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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

Nine

Nine

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“When I was a kid, I was looking through Mum and Dad’s record collection. I found a record they’d given me when I was really little, which I don’t even remember listening to, and it was a musical: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat. It was a very daggy record but I loved it for some reason. I don’t know why.

And then I saw that show was coming to Sydney. Nagging Mum and Dad for things didn’t generally work but, in this case, it did. We couldn’t really afford it but somehow Mum and Dad did it.

So, when I was 14, we all toddled off down to Sydney and saw this musical and I think it was the most exciting day of my life. I don’t think I could sleep the night before. We didn’t go to Sydney often either so it was a bit of an adventure.

We sort of went for a wander around Darling Harbour and then suddenly there was this spectacle of colour and amazing singing. Two and a half hours, or whatever it was, just floated by as if, you know, you were in a dream.

It’s very daggy but I loved it.

That’s probably my favourite day, I think. Ever.

So, I enjoy performing. I love being on stage. Although, as I get older I kind of I worry that my memory’s not good enough. I don’t have a great memory. Like, I have to work hard for lines.

I was very involved in the performing arts society in the town I used to live in and we put on a musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. I got cast as this narrator character. And the number of lines were extraordinary! Huge monologues.

Not very often are you happy with how you play a role but I actually managed to pull it off, which was something I wasn’t entirely sure I’d be able to do.

And so, I would love to be part of a society here. Yes, I do often think of that. I don’t know what the right thing is for Cessnock but we should do something.”

Ten

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Eight

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