Banjo player shows plenty of pluck as playwright

Published: Comments:
Creative Arts Lifestyle Music Theatre University & TAFE

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.
Social:   
USC student Wendy Holman performing as Alistair’s wife in her own play, “Margarita Syndrome’, at Noosa Arts Theatre in May

A banjo teacher from Nambour is celebrating her decision to enrol in a USC Arts degree after her first public offering as a playwright received a special mention in a Noosa Arts Theatre competition.

USC Creative Writing major Wendy Holman, 62, also recently won a USC short story award.

“I have one semester to go before I finish my Arts degree at USC and it’s gone beyond my wildest dreams,” said Ms Holman, who owns a small business called Fingerstyle Productions.

“I’ve been a musician for 30 years, doing the festival circuit in the folk and bluegrass scene, and I needed shaking up.

“I’d always wanted to do drama and I did my own creative writing, so I thought it would be wonderful to go to University and stand on the shoulders of those who had gone before.

“I could never afford to go to uni before, but it was one of those things on the bucket list.”

A monologue called Margarita Syndrome written by Ms Holman during a semester break was selected for Noosa Arts Theatre’s recent Shorts on Stage competition.

The play was a one-sided phone conversation between a woman and her philandering husband.

“I was really pleased with the way it was received and got a special mention because out of the nine finalists, I was one of only two who’d written, acted and directed my own play,” she said.

“Inspired by what I’d learned at USC, I trialled the play in front of my uni peers before it was selected in the competition.”

Ms Holman said she was also thrilled to win the 2017 Gary Crew Short Story award for her gritty piece, Hitchhiker.

The theme set by USC Professor of Creative Writing Gary Crew, a multi-award winning author, was “I travelled to bring you home”.

Ms Holman, who gives private lessons in banjo and guitar, said the diversity of her USC degree was amazing and complemented her background and interests.

“As a mature-age student, I’ve been able to combine my experience with new learning and I’ve found all these cross-connections to build my confidence in practical ways,” she said.

“For example, I’ve now got a placement in social media marketing with a real client, a photographer, and I’ll be using tracks from my acoustic compositions as background music for two videos I’ve created to promote the client’s business.

“Doing university really gives you a springboard. It’s not just the knowledge and education, it’s the networking and confidence-building.”

USC’s Open Day will be held at its Sippy Downs campus on Sunday 23 July. For details go to http://www.usc.edu.au/open-day.

image: Wendy Holman playing on stage at a festival in Imbil in 2013
 

 
University Of The Sunshine Coast : View Full Profile
90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs
07 5430 1234
University Of The Sunshine Coast
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
USC study builds teacher’s confidence 23 April 2018 | One of the newest teachers in Wodonga, Victoria, says studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast helped her beat her shyness and pursue a career at the front of the classroom. More information...
USC hosts free jazz-packed lunch session 23 April 2018 | One of Australia’s most loved composers is tuning up for a free lunchtime concert in USC’s Art Gallery with a talented guitarist who has shared the stage with some music legends. More information...
Donation brightens walls of USC’s brain institute 20 April 2018 | Mental health researchers and staff at USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience —Thompson Institute have brighter surroundings thanks to a thoughtful gift. More information...
USC cancer expert to feature on kids’ TV show 18 April 2018 | A Sunshine Coast skin cancer expert will feature on TV for a kids’ science show next week. Professor Michael Kimlin from the University of the Sunshine Coast will discuss sun exposure with presenters on Channel... More information...
USC to host Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon on Sunday 22 April 19 April 2018 | Now in its 20th year, the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon is gearing up for its biggest year ever with renowned fitness expert Steve ‘Commando’ Willis encouraging kids all over the country to give the event... More information...
USC scholarship keeps basketballer in the game 19 April 2018 | One of Australia’s top wheelchair basketballers has received a prestigious USC scholarship that is assisting her to achieve her goals – both on court and in her study. More information...
Koalas’ chlamydia woes compounded by virus 19 April 2018 | Scientists from the University of the Sunshine Coast have discovered that a koala virus is putting the cuddly creatures at greater risk of chlamydia. More information...
USC academic joins Greenland research expedition 18 April 2018 | Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering Dr Adrian McCallum is gearing up for a four-week expedition to Greenland’s Store Glacier as part of a team led by scientists from the University of Cambridge in the United... More information...
Plenty of cheers, and tears of joy at USC’s graduation ceremonies 16 April 2018 | A total of 1,700 students graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast at 11 ceremonies from 11-13 April in what was the biggest round of graduation ceremonies ever held on the Sunshine Coast. More information...
USC athletes finish Games with 12 medals 16 April 2018 | After incredible performances at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, our USC athletes have come away with 12 medals altogether. Between them, they have won five gold, three silver and four bronze in the... More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service