Hobart, “Voilà” revue

March to July 1981

The “Voilà” revue is produced by Regmat Productions / Redge Priestman & Mathieu Beauregard.

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Cover of the program

The Wrest Point is the first established Casino in Australia. The structure of the hotel – casino is a round tower. It is how it got its nickname : the thermos bottle.

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Omar Pasha in the program

Redge is a former Australian lead dancer from the Lido of Paris. He likes to give French names to his shows. The stage is quite small, but he cleverly produces a maximum of effects. Tourists and local people love the show.

Tasmania is an island south-east of Australia and is sometimes forgotten overseas. It is one of the 6 states of the Australian Confederation and the last port of call for the sailors setting course for the South Pole.

Australians like holidaying there : they appreciate its vegetation reminding of Europe, like the fall’s changing colors of the trees. Nothing to compare with the continent where the huge forests with gum trees keep their green or grey-blue leaves all the year round. The copper of the ground gives blue tints to rivers.

Hobart, the Tasmanian capital city, is still in 1981 a small town on both sides of the Derwent River, which is like a wide and majestic estuary, with changing glints according to the weather, dazzling in sunshine; hidden under mist by bad weather.

The day off is so short for excursions and discovery of the island : vast forests with giant and multi-centennial trees, breathtaking waterfalls, sea shores with spectacular geological formations a few millions years old, the remains of the tragic convict camp of Port Arthur, where thousands of British people were deported about 150 years ago, including children for having stolen a loaf of bread. And also the disused open air copper mines, with their devastated, bare and sad hill landscapes.

Very fast, we make friends with Australians and people from the small French community. We take part in a lot of BBQ’s, the national occupation, a practice shared in the National Parks. When the weather is cool – or cold – everyone warms up next to the fireplace, with a beer or a glass of Australian champagne, waiting for the cooking of mountains of meat and sausages, accompanied by various salads. After such rich meals, a digestive walk with pleasant companions is welcome.