Always…

Letter Writing Exhibition & Competition

Always Patsy Cline (1)

 

Inspired by Plenty Ranges Arts Centre’s tour of Always… Patsy Cline, Yarra Plenty Regional Library invited community members to compose a heartfelt letter to their hero, as part of a competition and exhibition program. Letters were exhibited in the theatre foyer and will be displayed at library branches throughout the year.

Many heartfelt recollections and stories were shared and Yarra Plenty Regional Library is pleased to announce the results.

Always… Competition Results

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jan A. Wilson
Always… a letter to my hero - Jane Austen
2016

Marion MacNally
I Fall to Pieces
2016

Kristen Schuck
Dear H
2016

Wendy Fleming
Letter to My Hero (Mum)
2016

WINNING ENTRY

Sue Gunningham
Beyond Silence
2016

Sue Gunningham as the winning entrant,  receives a dinner and theatre package for two, sponsored by Farm Vigano and Plenty Ranges Arts Centre.

You can read Sue’s letter Beyond Silence, dedicated to her late partner Barry, and other Always… letters below.

The project also received some media coverage in the Whittlesea Leader, which can be viewed online here, based on Kristen Schuck’s letter Dear H to her beautiful daughter Hannah.

 

About  Always… Patsy Cline

Always...Patsy Cline is based on the true story of Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having first heard Cline on the "Arthur Godfrey Show" in 1957, Seger became an immediate and avid fan of Cline's and she constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the radio.

In 1961 when Cline went to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was travelling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house - a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. The relationship, which began as fan worship evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes. Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common concerns. When Cline finally left for Dallas, her next job, the two women had exchanged addresses and telephone numbers. Seger never expected to hear from Cline again, but soon after she left, Seger received the first of many letters and phone calls from Cline. The pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the show.

The play focuses on the fateful evening at Houston's Esquire Ballroom when Seger hears of Cline's death in a plane crash. Seger supplies a narrative while Cline sings the songs that made her famous. Click on the links below to read each letter.   

Entries

Click on the links below to read each letter.

Kay Arthur
The Boy from Broadie
2016

Rebecca Bradford
For Dom
2016

Tracey Devine
Nick Cave
2016

Matt Dickinson
To You Mary, My Hero
2016

Wendy Fleming
Letter to My Hero (Mum)
2016

Sue Gunningham
Beyond Silence
2016

Marion MacNally
I Fall to Pieces
2016

Marion MacNally
Those Fabulous Northey Girls
2016

Lee McGill
Dear Dad
2016

Kristen Schuck
Dear H
2016

Christina Spry
Letter to Dame Margot Fonteyn
2016

Joan Vandenberg
Betty Munday - Always My Hero
2016

Jan A. Wilson
Always… a letter to my hero – Jane Austen
2016

Thank you to all the participants for their entries.