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The joy of giving

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02/06/2021

Angela and Jonathan Ramsay were so taken by their first experience of live theatre — over 30 years ago in Cambridge, England — they’ve been avid supporters of the arts ever since. At the time, their local repertory theatre company was The Footlights, a breeding ground for generations of successful British actors such as Emma Thompson, John Cleese, Peter Cooke and Stephen Fry to name but a few. They spent all of their ‘child-free’ time at the theatre which taught them the importance of vibrant cultural institutions in local communities. Upon returning to Australia, they decided to continue supporting such arts organisations, which is how they became patrons of Queensland Theatre.

After many years enjoying our mainstage seasons, they made the decision to become donors:

“We have always been made to feel so welcome at the theatre by all the staff. The new Bille Brown Theatre complex is a wonderful space to see a play and [the Company] is a very well-run operation… We were very impressed with the efforts made during Covid to reach out to the patrons with online productions and to give the artists a chance to practise their skills. We think Queensland Theatre has risen to the challenge of looking after both its patrons and its players under extremely difficult conditions, and it has inspired us to continue to support them in the future.”

We thank our Visionaries Angela and Jonathan Ramsay for their passionate support of the Company, and for sharing their giving story with the Queensland Theatre community.