When art, farms and science come together – everything is possible!

May 18, 2018

The farmer, Garry McDouall, scientist Ros Moulton, bartender Johnette Walker, artist Linda McDouall and Scotsman Rick Hutton on stage.

The first weekend in May saw the launch of “An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar …’ the quirkily titled collaboration between the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation and the Gwydir community.

As part of the two year program supported by a $150,000 grant from CREATE NSW, the launch involved a gathering of wild foods on Friday with Diego Bonetto and Marnee Fox leading the way, a feast of fabulous flavours assembled by the Friends of Touriandi and Glenn Morris of Fig Tree Farms, and a play devised and performed by the North West Theatre Company all at the Roxy on Saturday night.

“What a magnificent weekend!” said KSCA spokesperson Laura Fisher.

The farmer, Garry McDouall, scientist Ros Moulton, bartender Johnette Walker, artist Linda McDouall and Scotsman Rick Hutton on stage.

The farmer, Garry McDouall, scientist Ros Moulton, bartender Johnette Walker, artist Linda McDouall and Scotsman Rick Hutton on stage.

“The play was a hit, played to a full house of 120! And to a very eclectic crowd, noted by many. Amazing scripting and stagecraft, skating deftly between hard truths, gems of wisdom and absurdity with many cracker puns and a couple of musical numbers that got everyone singing – surely a trademark of the North West Theatre Company,” she said.

The cast of the play, appropriately also titled ‘An artist, a farmer and a scientist walk into a bar …’ comprised Johnette Walker as the Bartender, Linda McDouall as the Artist, Ros Moulton as the Scientist, Garry McDouall as the Farmer and Rick Hutton as MacTavish the Scotsman. Stage Manager Carmen Southwell, kept everything running to precision.

“The meal was also a hit,” Laura added. “The wild food element surprised and delighted so many and the meat was a class act. Diego, Marnee and Leanne from KSCA had a brilliant time in the kitchen with the Ladies of Touriandi. What an amazing team!” she said.

“Those of us who were from out of town are all a little in awe of the energy and ticker of the Bingara community, and are so grateful for the hospitality shown to us.” Laura concluded. Many other helpers and contributors helped to make the meal a memorable one with Susan Hutton’s ‘paleo pies’ desserts great treats.

At their debrief meeting at The Living Classroom on Sunday, the representatives of KSCA and the Bingara community decided to explore the prospect of an art, farms and science festival in Bingara in September next year.

This 2019 festival will culminate the two year AFS project at the Gwydir end, before the CEMENTA Festival in Kandos in November wraps up the program at the Kandos end of this amazing collaboration.

Possibly to be titled the “Pulse of the Earth” Festival the project in Bingara will feature and display all aspects of arts and crafts, food and fibre, health and wellness and the fun and joy of life on our beautiful planet. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed. If you and your friends and organisations would like to be involved please contact Garry McDouall on 0428 834 281 or Rick Hutton on 0428 255 380.