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PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT CHRIS MANFIELD; CATHY CHAN;
SHELLY SILBERMAN; MISTRESS J; AND GABY MASON
All proceeds will go towards raising money for clinical trials
to find a cure for ovarian cancer. Comedy For Cancer,
Paddington RSL, October 30, 7pm. Tickets $40, bookings
(02) 9266 4800.
Mistress J is a commercial dominatrix, author and Chief
Executive Bitch of the Domina Reform School, designed
to teach women how to take control in the bedroom (or any
other room that appeals to them). "Although the course was
designed with the idea of women controlling men I had a
lesbian student take the course and comment that it wouldn't be
all that different for women who play with other women,"
Mistress J told LOTL.
The course includes a Mistress of the Boudoir certificate, a
take-away-and-practice bag, bubbly and nibbles all for $185.
The curriculum can go in whatever direction reflects the
interests of the participants. As the brochure says, the Domina
Reform School is "for good girls who'd rather be bad. Our
graduates are willing and able to drive their partners to
distraction." To express your interest in the next class call (02)
8300 0631. Mistress J is giving away four 2 for 1 passes
to her next class. Visit www.mistressj.com
"H e is always there before me. He eats Weet-bix with
hot milk and sugar. If there is a boiled egg as well,
he slices the top neatly off and dips in his toast. Then he turns
the empty eggshell in the eggcup and puts it in my place. He
sits at the end of the table, reads the paper, and sips his sweet
black tea. Waiting. Waiting to catch me out. We all eventually
gather at the breakfast table. There is some discussion of events
of the day, politics, what's in the news. Always a few jokes. My
excitement at the boiled egg. Then my anger and dismay. How
could I fall for that one, again and again and again? Each time
dad and Belinda find it funnier than the last."
The girl without the egg is Gaby Mason. Gaby's passion for
storytelling launched her into film making as a teenager in
Manly, led her to study acting at the London Academy of Music
and Dramatic Art and to travel with Gardzienice, a Polish
community theatre company.
Gaby returned to Australia in 1990 with a deep
appreciation that no story is ordinary. She continued to work
with community stories in theatre projects including a homeless
persons' theatre project where the whole cast made it for
opening night -- no mean feat.
Whilst working as a documentary film producer in Sydney,
the shock suicide of a close friend and the death of Gaby's father
from Parkinson's disease caused her to stop, slow down and to
write. She enrolled in a course with the creator of Storyworks,
Bridget Brandon and found the unique joy of life-story writing.
Don't miss this opportunity to work with Gaby and to celebrate
the ordinary magic of your own story. Introduction to
Storyworks, November 3--December 8, Wednesdays 7--9pm,
The Women's Library 8--10 Brown Street, Newtown.
Bookings (02) 9389 9475. Visit www.storyworks.com.au
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