Performers of the 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined get in the groove

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Meet our 2020 Festival reimagined peformers- many have a long association with the Festival. 

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Kutcha Edwards performer

Kutcha Edwards

For Aboriginal performer Kutcha Edwards, singing is more than entertainment or a means to pay the bills; it’s a way for him to share his culture.  

Meet Kutcha Edwards
Gram O Phonie Brothers performing

Gram O Phonie Brothers

What do you get when you cross an unhappy public servant with a disillusioned engineer? The Gram-O-Phonie Brothers! A musical comedy duo that continues to be a firm favourite at the Seniors Festival.

Meet the Gram o Phonie Brothers
Tania Kernaghan performer

Tania Kernaghan

Country music legend Tania Kernaghan first took to the stage as an eight-year-old, performing for senior citizens with her talented siblings.

Meet Tania Kernaghan
Jane Clifton and Paul Williamson performers

Jane Clifton and Paul Williamson

The coronavirus lockdown, combined with the Seniors Festival reimagined, has provided a perfect opportunity for singer Jane Clifton to perform with her partner, musician Paul Williamson.

Meet Jane Clifton and Paul Williamson
Jaya Bollywood dancing

Jaya and Joshinder Bollywood dancing

Joshinder Chaggar and Jaya Karan grew up watching Bollywood movies but say the Hindi film industry, and the exuberant dance style it features, was not well known at the time, outside of the Indian community.

Meet Jaya and Joshinder - Bollywood dancers
Katrina Gaskell and Enio Pozzebon The Hopefuls

The Hopefuls Katrina Gaskell and Enio Pozzebon

After decades of working together, and apart, on other people’s projects, Melbourne creatives Katrina Gaskell and Enio Pozzebon combined their respective puppetry and musical talents to form Bonkel Theatre.

Meet The Hopefuls - Katrina Gaskell and Enio Pozzebon
Barbara Cheetham AO performer

Deborah Cheetham AO

Professor Deborah Cheetham AO has been a pioneer of Australian opera for more than 25 years. The proud Yorta Yorta woman has not only entertained audiences with her own, powerful soprano voice, but has been a pioneer for the art form, creating an invaluable legacy of Indigenous performers.

Meet Deborah Cheetham AO
Mark Trevorrow performer

Mark Trevorrow

Mark Trevorrow introduced the cheesy, polyester-wearing, lounge singer character that became Bob Downe in 1984; and he found the experience was intoxicating. However he was 40 when he began performing as himself.

Meet Mark Trevrorrow
Catalina Gonzalez performer

Catalina Gonzalez

Colombian dance teacher Catalina Gonzalez says the purpose of her Zumba classes for seniors is to create joy and connection.

Meet Catalina Gonzalez
James Blundell and Briar Blundell playing guitars

James Blundell

Singer songwriter James Blundell had never considered turning his love of music into a career, until being stomped on by a bull.

Meet James Blundell
Liz Jones, theatre doyen

Liz Jones

Liz Jones AO has been heavily involved with La Mama Theatre for the past 48 years, helping to nurture the careers of a staggering number of Australian artists.

Meet Liz Jones
Lonnie Lee, rock and roll singer

Lonnie Lee

More than sixty years on, Australian rockabilly pioneer Lonnie Lee still performs with the same passion he brought to the stage as a 15-year-old, with his pedometer showing he travels up to eight kilometres across the stage during a 90 minute show.

Meet Lonnie Lee
Talgium Edwards

Talgium Edwards

Uncle Talgium Edwards uses music, dancing and yarning as a way to heal.

Meet Talgium Edwards
Wendy Stapleton


Wendy Stapleton got her career break at the tender age of nine.

Meet Wendy Stapleton
Monica Dullard

Monica Dullard

Making people laugh has been Monica Dullard’s goal since her teens.

Meet Monica Dullard
Deb and Sue from Batton and Broadway

Batton and Broadway

Sue Broadway of Batton and Broadway, says people from her generation love seeing people their own age on stage doing extraordinary things.

Meet Batton and Broadway
Sara and Jacob of Lemony S Puppet Theatre

Lemony S Puppet Theatre

Sarah and Jacob run their own company, the Lemony S Puppet Theatre, performing works that often combine real actors and puppets to create a ‘magical realism’.

Meet Lemony S Puppet Theatre
Vardos trio


‘It can be dance music that is played at weddings and parties, it’s comedy and it’s also about the slow, sad and boring things in life too. It’s got it all’ says Alana from Vardos.

Meet Vardos