Audience Feedback

Audience Feedback –’The Magic Flute’ Adelaide, September 2011,

“To Whom it May Concern,
What an absolutely wonderful production.
I loved the concept entirely and its accessibility for all ages was nothing short of magic.
Sorry I left it until the last performance as I would have gone again.
Congratulations to the whole team for this marvellous piece of theatre.”

Best Wishes,
Edward Mc Donnell

“I’m writing about a performance of “The Magic Flute” that I was privileged to see on Thursday night (29 Sept). My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was wonderful to see the way such differing talents and gifts were mixed together to make for such a fascinating and enchanting show. And the message of courage, acceptance and “barriers are there to be broken” that it presented was wonderful.

I was fortunate enough to win my tickets at Feast Bingo so I would like to thank you for making tickets available to the Feast Festival people. I appreciate the support that that gesture offers to the LGBTQI community.

So my thanks to you on two counts – the pleasure I received through watching the show and the support you’ve given to my community.”

Kind regards

Andre Stoffels

Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011

“Hi Linda,

Sorry I didn’t catch you last night. We had to rush off after the show. However I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed The Magic Flute last night. It was FANTASTIC!!

You must have been very proud of Dougie. He showed great self discipline in his performance, as did the others from Tutti. You could not fault their timing, their execution and their poise on stage. You must have been so thrilled.

We loved the singing and some of the lyrics were hilarious! The performance was incredibly entertaining, with so much to enjoy. The Cirkidz were fabulous!

Well, good luck with the rest of the season. With such cheap tickets for such a classy show I hope you get full houses each night.

Catch you soon.”

Kathy Duthy

“Thank you Rachel,
I am so glad the show was received so well by all !!
It was a really special event with so much hard work from all involved I really enjoyed being a part of it and was very happy how the lighting turned out, helping create feeling and atmosphere of the bigtop to the normally quite drab Opera studio space. Congratulations to you and all who where involved.

I look forward to the possibility of working with yourself and Tutti sometime in the future.”

Thanks again

Nic M

“Dear Pat,

Just a quick note to once again thank you for agreeing to, and arranging for, the Tutti to perform at the launch of the Special Olympics 2010 National Games last week.

I have had such fabulous feedback from attendees regarding the song and their performance. I think their involvement added such a lovely touch on the day – I especially enjoyed their spontaneity and enthusiasm. Though I suspect Mark Aiston enjoyed it even more! I truly think they stole the show.

Did the ABC recording eventuate?

Please find attached a photo from the launch. There are lots of other great photos from the day on the Special Olympics Australia website at; if you would like to view them and I also have copies here which I will burn onto a cd and send through to you as soon as the dust settles.

Thanks again Pat and please pass my regards on to the performers also!”

Kind Regards
Jenny Daly
Event Manager
IX Special Olympics National Games

Selected quotes about ‘My Life, My Love’ – Adelaide Festival, March 2002

My Life My Love, one of only (3) three sold out productions in the Festival. Standing ovations and emotional responses. The show was a major success and impacted across many cross sections of the community who were lucky enough to see it.

Festival Director Peter Sellars attended the last performance of My Life My Love. Of Brian Gilbertson’s performance he said, “Amazing presence and an amazingly beautiful and clear voice.”

“of all the strands of community theatre so far presented at the Festival this shows the greatest power. It includes intellectually disabled participants… it has transcended its community theatre origins to create something of particular artistic significance. It had many of the audience in tears by the end.”
Tim Lloyd, The Advertiser 5/3/02

I just LOVED today’s Tutti concert!!!
Everyone was brilliant!
The highlight for me of course was the Barbershop quartet!
Cathy Kepa

“Hi Pat,

Carol and I were privileged to be present this afternoon at the “Broadway Spectacular” concert this afternoon. Carol was moved to tears at the sheer brilliance and enjoyment of the choir members and soloists. I have to admit to being rather moist-eyed myself at times, especially when Annika sang “People”. And let’s not forget the wonderful efforts of the Unley Concert Band. They were very professional and I am sure the occasion was a great experience for them too.

Pat it was the first time that I have attended a Tutti concert since doing the Planning Strategy project (I am a little sheepish to admit). The occasion brought back to me all the wonderful memories of my years in the recreation profession, in which I had something to do with recreation for people with disabilities. While the singing etc was wonderful, the part that I really loved was witnessing the high sense of self esteem, self confidence and sense of self worth that the occasion generated among everybody on stage. I know the feeling well myself as choir singing (Brougham Place Uniting Church Choir of about 20 people) did so much for me some years ago – and still does to this day.

It was lovely to see your personal involvement acknowledged today too. You deserve every word of it. Though I also understand how passionate you are about what you do.

Oh and we are ‘definites’ to be at the combined concert with Jonathon Welch and the Choir of Hard Knocks on September 18th at the Adelaide Town Hall. What a wonderful coup! Well done.

Also I support wholeheartedly your plea for a fully accessible venue for Tutti presentations.”

Best regards

Peter Nicholls
Australia’s People Gardener – Growing better people

“Thank you to all of our friends, colleagues and associates who shared in the launch of our Arts in Health Program on the 28 January, through attendance and good wishes.

We were thrilled that you could celebrate in the “birth” of our program, share in the unveiling of our logo developed by Clare Andrew through Uni SA, and the announcement of the development of the WCH Foundation Galleries 1, 2 and 3.

The inspiring performance by Tutti – Aimee, Annika, Emma, Michele and Cliff on guitar with “I Got Health”, “My Song About Colour”, “Punk Rocker” and the special tribute to Minister Hill – “Hey Big Spender” will stay with us for some time, as will the amazing “Arts in Health Ward” created by Annalise Rees (attached) with the objects you all contributed on the day, the sketches by Fran Callen and the privilege of borrowing the beautiful umbrella’s from the Somersault project and being able to display children’s artwork from Ruth Tuck Art school.

Photographs and stories of the launch will soon be available on the Arts in Health link via the WCH Foundation website and you can also follow our progress on twitter and facebook.”

Kind regards and best wishes from Trish Hansen, Jill Newman and the WCH Foundation team.

Arts in Health
Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation