Blue Mountains actresses are invited to audition to play muse, nurturer, creative force and “feminine dominant’’ Rose Lindsay in a monthly artistic theatre lunch event at Echoes Restaurant from May to October.
The event will be part of the new Art of Lunch series to be held simultaneously at five Blue Mountains restaurants every last Sunday from May 26 and October 27, featuring a different theme, exhibition and performance at each venue.
The works of Norman Lindsay will be showcased at Escarpment Group-owned Echoes Restaurant in Katoomba by Norman Lindsay Gallery under the theme Blue Mountains Bohemia, during which his wife and muse Rose will make a theatrical appearance in period costume to deliver a series of vignettes drawn from her memoir, Model Wife, evoking the Lindsay’s artistic bohemian lifestyle.
Escarpment Group head chef Saran Sasikumar will dream up an exotic menu with a mysterious Magic Pudding.
After the sumptuous meal there will be a 30-minute concert with a musician, varying each month starting the season with jazz giant James Greening and concluding with classical composer/musician Me-Lee Hay.
Norman Lindsay has a lasting reputation as the Blue Mountains’ most luminary and controversial artist, although he does not overshadow his second wife Rose – his muse, model, wife and mother of their two daughters.
Rose was also an exceptional printmaker and archivist who editioned Norman’s etchings, as well as an astute business manager.
The couple’s granddaughter Helen Glad wrote: “Rose Lindsay’s commanding personality assured she would never be overwhelmed by her husband’s genius or that of anyone else.
“A forthright individual all her life, she personified Norman’s concept of the `feminine dominant’ – woman as nurturer and creative force.
“Rose was essential to his continuing and prodigious creative output. Rose stood in no one’s shadow – during her long life she made sure she was acknowledged. She survived many things, all without loss of dignity or style.’’
Auditions for the role of Rose Lindsay will be held at Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Cres, Faulconbridge, at noon on Sunday, May 5.
The actress must be available to perform each last Sunday of the month between May and October 2019 at the Art of Lunch at Echoes Restaurant, Katoomba.
The actress will be paid for performances and rehearsals.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business May 2 to express interest in the audition.
The Art of Lunch project was created by Earthly Delights Events and has received funding from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, as well as support from local enterprises such as Scenic World and BMR Accounting. Details: artoflunch.com.au.
The Art of Lunch will be held at Echoes Restaurant & Bar, Lilianfels Ave, Katoomba, the last Sunday of each month from May to October 2019. Bookings: email@example.com or 4782 1966.
By Ellen Hill for Escarpment Group
Senior travellers can experience a taste of the nation’s opulent history, a portion of its rich heritage and a slice of cake when they indulge in the Escarpment Escape High Tea package to the Blue Mountains – for just $75.
Begin your journey by exploring Mark Foy’s “Palace in the wilderness’’, the genuinely iconic Hydro Majestic Hotel, on a history tour at 11am. See for yourself the exquisite refurbishment carried out by the Escarpment Group, owners of four luxury hotels in the Blue Mountains, and learn fascinating tit-bits about the famous hotel’s past on a guided history tour.
Recharge over a decadent high tea in the luxurious Wintergarden restaurant while taking in the magnificent views overlooking the Megalong Valley.
Head 15 minutes down the Great Western Hwy to the quaint village of Leura and Everglades Historic House & Gardens. Roam the gorgeous art deco house and art gallery and Paul Sorensen-designed gardens.
Mature travellers can explore the home of one of Australia’s most beloved fictional personalities, the Magic Pudding, and the cantankerous character’s creator at the Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum at Faulconbridge
The Escarpment Escape High Tea includes high tea in the Hydro Majestic Hotel Wintergarden, a hotel history tour and booklet and entry into Norman Lindsay Gallery & Museum and Everglades Historic House & Gardens.
Escarpment Group general manager Ralf Bruegger said: “The Hydro Majestic holds a special place in the hearts of many people, none more so than mature travellers who remember it in its heyday as well as when it did not look so glamorous.
“We are delighted to offer this value package with our industry partner the National Trust, which owns the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Everglades properties. Together, we can showcase this marvellous collection of Blue Mountains heritage buildings to people most likely to appreciate them.
“Team that with the Gold Opal Senior/Pensioner card available to travellers aged 55 and over and capped at $2.50 for the day, decadence becomes even more affordable on Sydney Trains and Blue Mountains public buses.’’
National Trust NSW director of enterprises Anne Weinman said: “The Blue Mountains is fortunate to be home to three National Trust properties.
“This high tea package highlights the pleasures to be found at our premiere Everglades Gardens and unique Norman Lindsay Gallery. We are thrilled with this partnership between the Escarpment Group and our regional properties.’’
Mr Bruegger also encouraged senior travellers to fully immerse themselves in Blue Mountains history by staying at least one night at an Escarpment Group property (the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Echoes Boutique Hotel or Parklands Country Gardens & Lodges).
As well as exploring the accommodation property, visitors can see the famous Three Sisters rock formations at Echo Point, ride the steepest passenger railway in the world at Scenic World, visit the oldest cave system at Jenolan Caves and cuddle a koala or hand feed a kangaroo or emu at Featherdale Wildlife Park on their way to or from the Blue Mountains.
Phone (02) 4782 6885 or go to www.hydromajestic.com.au for more information and to book accommodation and dining options.