Jan Wozitsky has performed in six theatre shows and at four music festivals.(Supplied: Jan Wozitsky)
Storyteller who loves the stage recognised
Castlemaine resident Frantisek Jan Wositzky has received an Order of Australia Medal for his service to the performing arts.
He has worked as a writer and performer on several theatre and radio shows and authored or co-authored eight books.
He said the highlight of his performing arts career and one of his favourite pieces of work was the 2014 show Bilarni, which he wrote, performed in and helped produce.
“It took 27 years to write… then when it came together, it came together in a month,” Wositzky said.
“It was set in the Northern Territory … the research spun off into lots of other projects that got done before the show finally got done.”
Jan Wositzky wrote a song called thanking Aboriginal people when he found out he was being honoured.(Supplied: Jan Wositzky)
He said his Czechoslovakian upbringing was instrumental in fostering his passion for telling stories through the arts.
“I understood stories from a very young age, because I had a whole family who used to sit me down and tell me stories of escaping Czechoslovakia and the Russian revolution and coming to Australia,” he said.
Monster Meeting of Diggers
This is a project about an 1851 meeting of 15,000 diggers on the Castlemaine goldfields. They were the first to stand up to the Victorian Government over the Gold License tax, and their actions were the first in what became the Eureka Stockade in 1854.
We’re working towards a double CD of songs, and a book of research, so watch this space.
Me & Phar Lap
My new book and triple CD set, Me & Phar Lap: The Remarkable Life of Tommy Woodcock is out. It’s Tommy’s life story – the tale of a boy who loved horses and became the symbiotic other half of the legendary racehorses Phar Lap (1928-32) and Reckless (1972-7). The book is now re-edited and updated, with the most comprehensive information to date on Phar Lap’s mysterious death. (And no, I haven’t solved it yet…but it wasn’t ‘the Yanks’.)
The book is based on recordings I made of Tommy in 1984, and now at last The Tommy Woodcock Tapes are available as a 3 CD set and downloads. Have a listen to Tommy talking. He’s a beautiful yarn-spinner, and a voice the likes of we’ll never hear again.
Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band
The recent gigs (July 2011) from the re-formed Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band were a hoot. We had a ball, the audience came primed for a good time, and all the old energy was here. So to anybody who came to Beechworth, the Lomond or Newport – thanks for coming and making it such a good time. Poster below if you want to drag on onto your desktop.
Bushwackers & Bullockies Bush Band posters