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Jane Turner’s highly individual dual acting-dancing career has a 40-year heritage. At 14, she was among the girls from Sacré Cœur in Glen Iris invited to perform in Romeo and Juliet, staged by Xavier College up the road in Kew. She was late for rehearsal, thus relegated to “dancer 12” and forced to wear the ugliest costume pattern.

She was given no lines, but the director saw potential. “You should have been in it,” he said, “You’ve got such a gravelly voice.” Four decades later, Turner mimes smoking a cigarette to explain why she sounded hoarse as a teenager. “I was a naughty girl,” she says.


Jesus "was a carpenter and he worked with a saw and hammer", the late country music singer Johnny Cash once sung, "and his hands could join a table true enough to stand forever." Coalition education cronies lamenting the lack of "Judeo-Christian" deference in state primary and secondary curriculums, who are now seeking to curb individual creativity by killing the ambitious arts component of Labor's proposed national curriculum, would love such lyrics of sustained and unquestioned faith. But they'd probably plump for the chart-busters of the large conservative voting bloc Hillsong over cool Cash.



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