Rhodo Revue

The material on this page is courtesy of Linda McLaughlin (a long time resident, actor, script writer and director), and locals Jenny Ross and Wayne Kelly.

The Rhodo Revue is unashamedly Blackheath-centric. A main event of the month-long Rhododendron Festival celebrations in November, it always has an underlying theme of “being pleased about who we are and where we live”, with original scripts and song lyrics, comedy and lots of local current affairs. It attracts audiences from all over the mountains, Sydney and even further afield. As one fan from Canberra remarked: “I love this kind of thing and yours are the best.”

To view the poster, program and/or photos click on a year below – the webpage opens in a new window:

A short history

The 30th Rhodo Revue, the first revue in 1982, was instigated by locals Jenny Ross and Wayne Kelly (and a few of their friends who have since moved away) and was centred around a reluctant Rhododendron Queen. Despite the title, it was actually the 29th Rhododendron Festival! The poster for the revue was painted by Kate Lohse:

Kate Lohse

The Revue was held in the Blackheath Masonic Lodge, this being the programme:

The local newspaper carried these items:

Rhododendronettes – the chorus girls from the first Rhodo Revue:
Arlene Andrews, Antoinette Krakowitzer, Carol Elliot, Linda McLaughlin, Jenny Ross, Lesley Wright