Hill End performer bringing her one-woman show to festival

Kim Deacon brings her Home Sweet Home performance to Gulgong this weekend.
Kim Deacon brings her Home Sweet Home performance to Gulgong this weekend.

Hill End performer Kim Deacon will bring her one-woman show, Home Sweet Home, to the Gulgong Henry Lawson Heritage Festival on the weekend.

The show combines story and song to introduce the amazing women in the life of Gulgong’s foremost poet.

Ms Deacon has set 10 of Lawson’s poems to music, accompanying herself on harp, banjo, guitar and piano.

The show also makes use of the Holtermann collection of historic photographs depicting the district’s gold rush days, which will form the basis of a Holtermann Museum in the Greatest Wonder of the World building, and are featured in the new Red Hill Gulgong Gold Experience.

The photos capture buildings and residents of both Gulgong and Hill End, including Ms Deacon’s home in Hill End, an 1860s wattle and daub miner’s cottage that is now the La Paloma pottery.

Ms Deacon moved to Hill End in 1997, taking on a 50 year Conservation Lease from National Parks and Wildlife Service.

She took up the harp in 2001 and was inspired by the history around her to take her work in a new direction.

“I love performing in the wonderful Prince of Wales Opera House, especially telling this story of Lawson, that extraordinary era, when Nellie Melba sang there before heading off to study in Europe,” Ms Deacon said. “If the walls could talk!”

With 30 years’ experience in film, television and theatre, Kim is a seasoned performer who brings to life the extraordinary women who influenced the life and writing of one of Australia’s most famous poets and writers.

Home Sweet Home will be performed at the Prince of Wales Opera House on Friday, June 10 at 6pm and Sunday, June 12 at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased at the door at $25 and $20 concession.