Performance – Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child

We are so excited to be working again with the fabulous team at Raspberry Ripple Productions on their new work, Raspberry Ripple Reads: Love Child. Read more details here and make sure to visit Raspberry Ripple website for bookings!

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Press release from Raspberry Ripple Productions and Footscray Community Arts Centre.

Raspberry Ripple Reads is a play-reading event designed to add the dimension of difference to plays which are known within the theatre in Australia. It will also bring new work to the stage. The readings will see disabled and mainstream actors together on stage.

We are excited to announce our first Reading will be ‘Love Child’ by Australian playwright, Joanna Murray-Smith.

These readings will be a regular inclusion in the yearly schedule of Raspberry Ripple – one play per year to start with – and are a way of developing new work in an atmosphere of inclusion. We will try out new ideas with script in hand, and work out how disability can add new dimension in the context of established theatre practices.

We want to discover ways of finding new relationships within text – how new themes emerge between the characters.

At Raspberry Ripple this is gold to us. We are intrigued by the human condition, and for us, the addition of disability offers new provocation and possibility for interpretation that would not be in a reading where disability is absent.

Love Child is part of the Australian canon, by playwright Joanna Murray-Smith.

An adopted daughter comes to find her biological mother. In this reading of the work, the mother is a wheelchair user. Without altering the text, we will discover what is underneath the lines. What will happen?

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Performance Space
Cast: Alisha Eddy, Kate Hood – Director: Alice Darling
October 8th 2pm
Tickets: Full, $15 Concession,$10

Join us for a LIVE Facebook workshop on the Gold Coast

We are excited to be attending the LIVE Facebook Workshop being hosted by Vitamin Media this Saturday 12 August on the Gold Coast. We’ve had the pleasure of working with Walt and his team and love what they are offering in the video space. This two hour workshop will kickstart your LIVE Facebook skills and have you creating videos in no time.


Full details and tickets can be found here!

10 Top tips and techniques to be your most successful at Live Streaming.

Give yourself the winning edge to build your audience and grow your following on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube with our intense 2-hour workshop.
Led by a video producer with over 25 years industry experience, you’ll get the best start and avoid the big mistakes and pitfalls that people and businesses make. It’s also interactive, so bring along your smartphone or tablet, a notepad and pen and be prepared to join in. We help you develop your on-camera skills as well as how to properly present yourself and encourage your viewers to engage.
We’ve made this workshop intentionally quick and affordable so you can easily cross that threshold and jump-start the next phase of your online marketing. 
Space is limited due to room restrictions so we encourage you to sign up early!  
12 August 2017, 1-3 PM at Bumbles Café, 21 River Dr Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Free local parking (winning!)

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Visit for more details and we hope to see you there!

Review: Hop on Brewery Tours, Gold Coast and Brisbane

We were invited by Hop on Brewery Tours to join theirThe Quickie on the Coast Tour . The opportunity to explore venues on the Gold Coast and sample a range of beers with expert guides was too good to pass up. Here’s a little more about our Director Emma Lovell’s experience on the tour.


Three venues, an afternoon of beers and touring around the Gold Coast in an air conditioned bus with excellent hosts.  Picked up by our hosts Jos and Matt, the tour operators and owners, at Broadbeach along with another couple, and then we were off.

First stop – The Bine Beer Bar

This cute little bar is tucked in amongst other restaurants and bars in this popular social area of Nobby’s Beach. It has a great atmosphere and a chilled vibe. There’s a wide range of craft beers on tap and this stop provided a great intro for the tour. Jos and Matt explain some of the ways beer is made, key ingredients and tested our knowledge.

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My favourite beer here was the sour. I like “light beers”. Not light in alcohol, but light in flavour and colour. This one resembled a cider/ beer and is a great entry to the beer realm for those who are not “beer drinkers”. It’s actually called a sour and having tried a similar variety before, it was right up my alley.

Back on the bus and we were provided with the perfect snacks for thirsty tourists, pretzels and popcorn. And being the responsible tourism company that they are, water! It was nice to chat along the way and Jos provided more of her extensive knowledge of the beer industry telling us about the first brewers, women! I’m not going to go into it at length here – so google it – or go on the tour, it’s very interesting! Hearing how the predominantly women founded industry has now become so male dominated.

Second stop – Burleigh Brewing Co.

Hands down my favourite stop. I loved everything about this awesome location. Great beers, amazing beer hall, food trucks out front, live music and an awesome atmosphere. I can picture many more Sunday chill sessions at this place. We got to try six beers here and the best part was that based on our sampling at the first one, Jos carefully selected the beers for each of us. How cool is that. She did really well with mine. By far my favourite flavour was The Hef – I love a cloudy and rich beer, it actually tastes like banana. Plus, the label was super cute. I also loved “My Wife’s Bitter” because who doesn’t love a pun!

After enjoying our samples, we were invited to a tour of the brewery from the knowledgeable staff. Amazing how this little local brewery has grown. Great range of flavours and a company who seem to tailor the tastes to their customer’s needs. Definitely a venue that I’ll be visiting again and again.

Third and final stop – Balter Brewing Company

The outside of the building, and the interior, get a big mention here. Clearly labeled what their primary business is: BEER, and a smiley face. Inside there are murals, funky design of a warehouse and fun names for their products. This brand has grown exponentially since opening only a few years ago.


Another round of generous samples. It was definitely worth the value of the tour for all the great samples you get. This was a lovely stop where we able to reflect upon what we had tasted along the way and really just felt like chilling with mates. After a number of hours, the group has bonded and it felt like a regular Sunday session. Balter Beer is another cool venue with great beers that you can while away an afternoon at. We got another couple of souvenir takeaways from this stop – keep the good vibes going. Also, fun fact! Australian Pro Surfer Mick Fanning is one of the founders of the brewery!


Delivered back safely to our original pick up, I was so happy that I had joined this tour. It was my first ever beer tour and it really opened my eyes to the wide range of varieties of beer and breweries on The Coast. Jos and Matt were made for this job and offer such a friendly, relaxed and professional experience.


Note: The tours locations often change so depending on the day and the tour you choose, you could get a completely different variety of stops. Meaning you can do the tour a number of times and experience something new!

To learn more about Hop on Brewery tours and book your outing, click here.

Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours: Taste of Burleigh Heads tour

We were recently invited by Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours to experience one of their walking tours on the Gold Coast. Our Director Emma Lovell loves food, and wine, so it was an easy yes! Here is a review from Emma about her experience on the Taste of Burleigh Heads tour. Enjoy, and we hope your mouth doesn’t water too much while reading about all these delicious delicacies.

Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours: Taste of Burleigh Heads tour began in a lovely park on a bright Saturday afternoon. A great way to start a walking tour.

We met business owner and tour operator Karen near the bowling club and quickly I started chatting with the group. An important part of these tours is the group dynamic and Karen does a wonderful job of fostering a warm and friendly space for her guests. After a quick intro about what we would experience, a little get to know you and a brief history of the area, we set off!


Our first stop: Stones Throw Café.

This little café is new to the area but doing very well and quickly gaining a name for itself. Seemingly plain from the outside, the inside has a rustic styling which makes it feel more like it could be a friend’s house for a gathering rather than a café. We settled into the charming front room and were quickly offered a lovely glass of Amadio wine by Karen.


Lovelly Communications Director Emma Lovell with Tour Operator Karen Inglis-Turner.

The chef put together a great tasting plate of seasonal offerings and interesting flavours. Hummus, sweet potato chips and a salad. All the ingredients were super fresh and it seemed the café would cater to all dietary requirements. A great start to the tour.



Second stop: Golosi Food Emporium.

Whenever something has emporium in the title, you know you’re in for a treat. This was only a short walk to the well-known James Street. The beauty of this tour is that it’s all within comfortable walking distance and does it’s best to showcase a variety of cuisines in the area. We were greeted by the most spectacular cheese platter and our delightful host Selena, the shop’s passionate owner.



From 100-year-old Italian balsamic vinegars, to locally baked treats, this shop had it all. I’m meant to give an unbiased review of all stops but this was hands down my favourite. I can see myself visiting many times and especially taking guests back there. I did have a quick browse around the store but my focus was on the lush cheese’s, fruit pastes and caramel sauce available for tasting. Oh and of course, a glass of bubbly in hand!


Third stop: Dolce Follia Gelateria


After thoroughly indulging in the delicacies of Golosi, it was time to stretch our legs and walk to our next location. We stopped a number of times at different restaurants and shop fronts which Karen helpfully pointed out as new to the area or other great dining options. We then stopped in front of a tiny little hole in the wall gelato store that was bursting at the seams with customers.

A few tastes of their gelato, including coconut and honeycomb crunch, and you can understand why! We were all invited to try as many as we pleased and then chose our favourite for an entire scoop. I went for the palate cleansing mint. I’m a big fan of having ice cream in the afternoon as opposed to after a meal. It was the perfect break up in the tour and got us ready for the next savoury treat!



Fourth stop: The Pocket 

The name is intriguing isn’t it! The Pocket. It could be many things, a corner bar, a clothes store, or microwave pizza pockets (maybe that’s just my weird mind.) but no! IT’s the middle eastern style cuisine of pita bread pockets stuffed with dips, pickled vegetables and the most incredible falafels. Our table was lavished with these gorgeous platters and it didn’t take us long to dive in. Coupled with a glass of wine and some home made rose water infused lemonade, perfection.



I must also point out the beautiful ambience at the back of the restaurant. These paintings were done by a staff member only a few weeks before our arrival. They perfectly reflect the Burleigh vibe and make for a relaxing meal setting. Exceptional!



Fifth and final stop: Finders Keepers Bar

Sadly, the tour must come to an end. But, it sure did end on a high. Drinks and a show as we were treated to a theatrical guide of how to make an espresso martini. As this is my absolute favourite drink, I was invited to assist in the mixing and shaking of the cocktail. I shook it like a polaroid picture! Shake, shake, shake!


Paired with our incredible martini was a decadent chocolate mousse dessert with a secret ingredient. I would tell you… but where’s the fun in that! It’s delicious and works perfectly, that’s all I’ll see. It was the perfect end to the tour as it allowed the group to relax and chat together and if desired, kick on and keep the good vibes going. It was a wonderful chance to not only learn about amazing venues in Burleigh, but also make some new friends.



In short, I highly recommend these tours. The value for money is exceptional. What you would pay for an indulgent meal at one restaurant, you get to sample five different eateries. The mix of the stores and restaurants was perfect and I feel much more comfortable in the Burleigh area when selecting a place to eat.


The best part is – the stops on the tour are always evolving and changing. You could do the tour three times and always get to try something new and different, whilst also going back to your favourites. It’s like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get! You can also try the Taste of Surfers Paradise and Taste of Broadbeach tours.


This is a great idea for tourists visiting the area and for locals who are looking to know their own backyard better. Thank you for having me Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours!

We can also offer friends of Lovelly Communications a special price on Gold Coast Food and Wine Tours which will give you a $30 discount off the tour price! Send us an email or post a comment below for more details!

Girls Night is back at MICF 2017

Expect witty. Expect wicked. Expect wonderful. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to giggle, Girls Night is back for Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) 2017! Shows will run from 29 March to 9 April 2017 at The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista in the center of Melbourne.

Producer and MC Cath Styles

Cath Styles is bringing together the cream of the festival’s funny ladies in a night to celebrate all things female and funny. This festival favourite is big on value and even bigger on laughs.

Girls Night features an exciting mixed bag of stand-up, storytelling, sketch and musical comedy. The line-up changes every night and features: Mandy Nolan, Bev Killick, Nikki Britton, Alice Fraser, Diana Nguyen, Tessa Waters, Lauren Bok, Sally Kimpton, Georgie Carroll, MC Cath Styles and many more.

Always hilarious, Girls Night is hands down the ideal start to any night out at The Festival.

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“Female skewed comedy with refreshing wit”
– Herald Sun

“This is a show you could easily see twice”
– Comedy Beast

“Some of the sharpest and best valued comedy around”
– Gagging for it

Venue: The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista, 240 Lt Collins St, Melbourne

When: 29 March – 9 April, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $20, Group (6 or more) and Tightarse Tuesday $20
Book here:


The Other Film Festival 2016 at Melbourne Fringe

We are excited to be working with The Other Film Festival (aka TOFF) in 2016.


The Other Film Festival is back in 2016 with an exciting new venue and festival partners. The festival is to be delivered under the umbrella of the Melbourne Fringe Festival and will take place in the Experimedia space at State Library Victoria from 28 – 30 September 2016.

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Proudly produced by Arts Access Victoria, The Other Film Festival (TOFF) is Australia’s leading international Deaf and disability film festival. For more than a decade TOFF has challenged and delighted audiences by delivering frank and thoughtful screenings, forums, presentations and workshops about the portrayal of Deaf people and people with disability in screen culture. These events are led by people who are Deaf or live with disability, speaking about their lived experiences of disability or being Deaf. They also reflect upon the challenges presented by the media and screen industry in Australia.

“Since the inaugural Festival in 2004, TOFF has been changing how the community thinks about Deafness and disability by programming provocative films from around the world about the lived experience of being Deaf or having a disability. We want audiences to be engaged and challenged, and leave screenings with a fresh perspective” said Veronica Pardo, Executive Director of Arts Access Victoria.

Actor Bethany Robinson – photo credit Pippa Samaya


“This year’s program will feature a highly respected Deaf US filmmaker, Jules Dameron, who will share her experience in advocating for pivotal issues in the screen industry, such as authentic casting” said Pardo.

Simon Abrahams, CEO of the Melbourne Fringe Festival says he is very excited to bring TOFF to audiences this year as part of the Fringe Festival program. “TOFF is a unique and fully accessible festival that bring together audiences to explore, question and celebrate the lived experience of Deafness and disability”, said Abrahams.

The TOFF 2016 program will run as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival during 28 – 30 September 2016 at Experimedia, State Library Victoria. To find out more about the festival visit


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The Other Film Festival is supported by the Australian Government.

Public Partners City of Melbourne, Film Victoria and Screen Australia

Festival Partners Melbourne Fringe Festival, Vicdeaf and State Library Victoria

Festival Supporters US Embassy, Ericsson Australia and Turquoise iAuslan

Arts Access Victoria gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Department of Human Services


Feature Image Actor Bethany Robinson – photo credit Pippa Samaya

Enunciations – The first show from Raspberry Ripple Productions

Raspberry Ripple Productions, a Disability led theatre company, presents their first show, Enunciations. Celebrating the deliciousness of diversity, Enunciations will run from         19 – 21 August, 2016, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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Raspberry Ripple operates around the Social Model of disability, which says that the barriers put in place by a world designed for ‘normal people’ disables us far more than our bodies ever will. We aim to be instrumental in creating a pathway into mainstream theatre for disabled performers.


The founder and Artistic Director of Raspberry Ripple is Kate Hood, a passionate advocate for disability in the arts. Hood had a full career as an able-bodied actor, writer and director, for more than twenty years. She has performed in classics, musicals, TV, film and radio. Some of her credits include Prisoner, Blue Heelers and she was a prominent voice-over artist for ABC Melbourne.

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Kate Hood, photo by Julie Millowick

After being diagnosed with a neurological disease, Hood became a full-time wheelchair user and struggled to find her place in the mainstream arts industry. Stories told on our screens and stages rarely include people with disability – and when those characters are seen, invariably they are played by an able-bodied actor.


“My experience of being disabled and an actor is that there is a blank space around me – I am largely invisible in my everyday life, and also, unfortunately, within my chosen profession.” Says Kate


In Raspberry Ripple‘s first show, ‘Enunciations’, eloquent words – and some not so eloquent! – will be spoken by disabled and able-bodied performers to tell the 21st century story of being in the soup together. Classic text will tug at your heart strings, new words discomfort you, both will make you fall off your seat with laughter and re-evaluate living in an able-ist world. A discombobulation of thought, mind and matter!

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Raspberry Ripple productions mission is to create theatre of a professional standard using disabled performers, writers, directors, designers and technical artists.

Learn more about Enunciations at the Raspberry Ripple Productions Facebook page.

You can see details for the event at Footscray Community Arts Centre’s  Facebook event. 

When: Friday 19 August – Sunday 21 August
Time: Friday and Saturday, 7pm. Sunday, 2pm
VenueFootscray Community Arts Centre Performance Space
Tickets: $25 full / $20 concession

Mediawhore at Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016

No we are not being derogatory about someone at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. This is the tittle of the show, Mediawhore, we are working on with the incredible Isabella Valette!

IMG_3168Do you hate reality television? Perhaps it’s your guilty pleasure?

Meet the most fame hungry narcissist in social media history. April Fools, a young aspiring actress who realises that all her dreams could be fulfilled via the launch pad of reality TV. April is determined to remain famous, whatever the cost!

Between interviews with her super-casual yet cutthroat agent, parasitic journalists and ruthless audition panels, April is forced to delve deeper into what an audience really wants to see.

Valette brings a reworked version of ‘Mediawhore’ (formerly ‘Media Release’) to probe the relentless rise of instant celebrity culture, its stars, the entertainment industry, social media and the effect that all this has on our psyches.

Venue: The Space, corner of Carlton and Little Chapel streets, Prahran
Dates: Wednesday 15 June – Friday 17 June, 2016
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $37 full, $33 concession & groups of 6+, $29 for a festival friend pass holder

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Valette debuted a sell out season at Melbourne Fringe and was mentioned by The Herald Sun in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as a ‘newcomer generating buzz’. Valette is also a member of prestigious Melbourne based improvisation troupes, ‘Impromptunes,’ and ‘The Big HOO-HAA!’ Valette will travel to Europe in July to perform her sassy brand of comedy and also join ‘Impromptunes’ for a run at Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

With the help of Director Fiona Scott-Norman and choreography by Jason Teasdale, Valette is able to present Melbourne audiences with a more interactive version of the show. Musical input by Isaac Heyward and Rainer Pollard makes this show right at home at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2016.

Whether it’s competing for the affections of men, or letting her body take centre stage over her talents, April must confront these barriers if she’s truly going to make it. With a gripping storyline, concise comic timing and cleverly reworked pop songs, ‘MediaWhore’ is both humorous and thought provoking.

★★★★ “Powerhouse…a must-watch” – The Advertiser (Adelaide)

★★★★ “A smart, funny exposé of the reality of reality TV” – The Music (Melbourne)

★★★★ Quirky and entertaining” – Rip it Up (Adelaide)

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Sydney social media workshop – Promoting your business with social media – April 28th

Our first Social Media Workshop in Sydney for 2016 is booked! Thursday 28th April from 6-8pm at a brand new location! The kind people from The Fundraising People are letting us use their amazing training room, which overlooks Darling Harbour! It’s a great space for creativity and very central for Sydney city.

Want to learn more, check out the event on Eventbrite and reserve your place.


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Shameless self promotion you might say? Why yes! We believe that if you’re not talking about yourself, who will?

Emma Lovell, social media professional and owner of Lovelly Communications, wants to help you by giving you the skills to promote yourself in the best way possible using social media.

In the two hour workshop with Emma, you’ll gain valuable skills and tips on how to enhance your social media. It’s not hard… it’s about being consistent, relevant and engaging. Some of the things we will cover include:

  • What to include in your posts
  • How to speak to your audience
  • When to post
  • How to increase the reach to your audience
  • Choosing the right social media platforms
  • Systemising your posts and managing your accounts
  • and more!

What: 2 hour social media workshop
When: 6pm- 8pm 28th April 2016
Where: Training Room, Office of The Fundraising People
1/43 Murray Street, Pyrmont, NSW 2009



$87 – Early bird special (Book by 5pm on Wednesday April 20th, 2016)

$98 – Full ticket price

$87 – BFW special with promotional code


Included: Tea and coffee. Workbook. Question time with social media professional Emma Lovell.
Special offers will also be available for attendees for Lovelly Communications services after the course.

There is strictly limited places for this exclusive workshop in social media.

To learn more about Lovelly Communications and services on offer, visit:

A few endorsements from people Emma has helped grow their profile using social media:

“Emma, through Lovelly Communications, has supported my business (The Fundraising People) with our social media and online community building. She is someone bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm. Her understanding of social media is unquestionable and we have seen a huge increase in our Facebook group activity and fan base as a result of her help and support. I would strongly recommend Lovelly Communications to anyone who needs support in the digital/online space. She is a joy to work with!”

– Matthew Brine – The Fundraising People
Facebook: The Fundraising People Twitter: @Fund_Raisers

“Working with Lovelly communications ensured that we were able to engage with the greatest possible audience across a range of demographics and social mediums. Emma’s professionalism and bright personality made for a wonderful working environment, which we will happily employ again in the future.”

– Charlie Ranger – Performer in “A Sunburnt History” Comedy Series

Facebook: A Sunburnt History Twitter: @wegotburnt

Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST) Add to Calendar
1/43 Murray St – 43 Murray Street #1, Pyrmont, NSW 2009, Australia – View Map


Head to Eventbrite and book your tickets today!

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