WINNER -  Best New Australian Play Award (Redfest Dramafest 2013)


An entertaining one hour presentation available within SE Queensland and N New South Wales 

(but ask us about other locations!)



BRA-vo Art Exhibition, Bag End Studio, 190 Station Road, Yeerongpilly, Qld 

Presentation Timings:

a) 1.30 - 2.30pm


b) 6.30 - 7.30pm

Free Event. Please register below.


"Moved the audience effortlessly from laughter to tears"

University of the Third Age

"A gutsy solid performance"

Lions Member

"Engaging use of music, voice, highs and lows whilst laying down a message for all"

Womens Cancer Support Group Gold Coast

The story of two cancer patients, their innovative idea to help others and their fantastic community who believed in them.

Join the Composer Dee Handyside, as she takes you on a visual and musical trip which is funny, sad, uplifting and educational.  Learn how this unique cancer communication strategy product (which donates 50% of profits to Australian Cancer Research Foundation) can be used as a:


Host@Home Kit,

Cancer Patient Resource,

Hospital Shop product and

Theatre Production 


You'll be clapping along with the music as you learn of the efforts of Briohne and Dee to eventually get The Silk Rags Project to its National Launch!


Cancer is something that affects us all.  As a patient, as a family member, as a carer.  But there’s someone missing - FRIENDS!  Do friends really know what to say and do in this situation?  Research and experiences suggest that the answer is NO. 


Two Tamborine Mountain women created separate arts projects whilst undergoing their cancer treatments - and they are now tackling this universal issue in the form of an entertaining and educational product which can be undertaken at home or in community groups, as a cancer patient resource or even as a mini-musical.  50% of profits are donated to The Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Griffith University researched and co-developed a participant handout entitled ‘Not Sure What to Say and Do’. 


Briohne Sykes wrote a one-act play about how a group of friends respond when one receives a cancer diagnosis.  From the insensitive, to the funny, to the downright repetitive annoying comments, her play “Powerfully Fragile’ became a performance that was a conversation starter.


Dee Handyside composed, self- recorded and published a multi-genre album ‘Genetic’ which also covered this issue.  Far from a woman wailing on a guitar, it features songs in the style of Orchestral Rock, Motown, Alternative, Pop, R&B/Jazz and Country music.


When Briohne met Dee on Tamborine Mountain, they merged their award winning pieces and ’The Silk Rags Project’ was conceived.    

Struck down by a series of unfortunate events, the Tamborine Mountain community came to the rescue when Dee needed help to finally launch 'The Silk Rags Project' nationally.

  • Presentation Duration: 1 hour with Questions and Answers

  • Delivery Method:  Powerpoint Presentation, Narration, Live Music, Singing

  • Equipment Provided:  Small PA system, microphone (provided by Dee)

  • Equipment Required: Screen and projector or display TV with HDMI input

  • Cost:  FREE for community group within SE Qld and Northern NSW.  Price upon enquiry for corporate and conferences.

Please CONTACT HERE for more information and to book a presentation in 2023.

'The Silk Rags Project' is proudly supporting the Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF).
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