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Spamalot to benefit Ballarat Hospice Care

Ballarat Hospice Care bereavement counsellor and Spamalot stage manager Paula Robinson and on the right is Maxine Montgomery who plays the Lady in the Lake in Spamalot

FOR Paula Robinson, it will be a case of her two worlds colliding come April.

By day, she is a Ballarat Hospice Care counsellor and by night she will be stage manager for the Ballarat Light Opera Company production of Monty Python’s Spamalot.

So, what’s the connection for Paula? The charity that will benefit from Spamalot’s opening night ticket sales is Ballarat Hospice Care.

Opening night will be Saturday, April 14 at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts in Howitt St, with $5 from each ticket sold donated to Ballarat Hospice Care.

There will also be preproduction drinks at 7pm, with the performance at 8pm.

BLOC is also partnered on Spamalot with charitable organisation, the Order of St John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller Ballarat, descended from the Knights Hospitaller who founded a Hospice in Jerusalem in 1048 to tend to Christians and Muslims alike.

Spamalot runs from Saturday, April 14 to Sunday, April 22 with weekend matinees.

“I am a counsellor with the supportive care team at Ballarat Hospice Care. We take a holistic approach to the care of a client recognising that a serious illness affects not only the client but the family, carers and the community to which they belong. Our care extends beyond the medical and recognises the emotional, spiritual, social and cultural needs of our clients and their communities. Ballarat Hospice Care is about enabling every individual to live to their fullest,” Paula said.

“The role of stage manager is often complex and very diverse. Involvement with the show starts many months before it gets to the theatre. One of the great privileges of the role is assisting in coordinating the various aspects of the production and working with so many multi-talented people helping to enable this incredible diversity of people to come together as a supportive, inclusive community to bring the show to life. In essence, we recognise the value in each individual and their contribution to the team.”