Daryl Kirkness

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Daryl Kirness has been with GMS since he was a child, when his father was active as a member. His Father was a life member. Daryl has been a Life Member for more than 20 years.
Daryl has been in many productions while a junior with us and has continued his stage activities all through his life. Daryl has undertaken roles as Director, Set Designer, lighting consultant, catering assistant, costume assistant, costume design and costume design assistant, ensemble cast member, minor lead and principal. His resume will follow shortly.
Daryl has also served on the previous Committee over different years and in different roles – floor member and Vice President.
Daryl currently undertakes the role of Shed and Construction Co-ordinator. GMS is in the fortunate position of having our own set building facility. Daryl has been our resident Set Designer over the years but that position no longer exists. Every Tuesday and on most Thursdays, GMS operates
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what used to be known as the Mens’ Shed. It is now a “person” Shed due to the inclusion of all genders. The Shed operates as an area where we construct, build and paint sets in preparation for each of our productions. Daryl is the manager of this process.
During the pandemic last year in 2020 Daryl was very active in keeping all the Shed personnel in contact. He arranged gatherings within the appropriate Public Health Orders, where everyone could catch up once a week and stay connected. This is vital for those members who live alone and feel quite isolated without access to the Shed.
Daryl also conducted an online course in set design for those members of the society who wished to be involved. There was a group of about 8 of us who took part and found it also a great way to remain connected while learning a new skill for those of us who had no knowledge in that area.
During this lockdown Daryl has also ensured that we all remain in contact. This has happened with a catchup from time to time of each person and ensuring that Information Bulletins published by myself is disseminated to members of the Shed, particularly
Daryl Kirkness has also undertaken several roles within the theatrical community on the Central Coast and continues to be a reference point for all other groups on the Coast. He is an invaluable member of the community theatre population.

Darryl Davis

darrylDarryl Davis has been a member of Gosford Musical Society since the early 1980s and has undertaken most roles within the organisation during that time. Darryl has undertaken roles as Director, Productin Manager, Catering Assistant, Backstage, ensemble cast member, minor lead and principal. I am attaching his resume which includes everything he has done in our productions.
Darryl has been on the Committee (now known as GMS Board of Management) since 1998 in the capacity of floor member. In addition, he has been Vice President for the majority of that time and had one year as President (2013).
Darryl also acts as our historian and is currently working on digitising all our history, since 1947. During the pandemic in 2020 Darryl prepared and published on the GMS FaceBook page for 54 days and each day consisted of a historical account of one of our productions. These posts were seen by GMS members living overseas and provided a significant opportunity for all members, past present and future to remain connected during that difficult time. Darryl has again this year undertaken that role in an effort to keep us all connected.
The input and contribution of Darryl Davis to Gosford Musical Society has and continues to be of enormous value. Darryl has been a Life Member since 1998.

COVID-19 and Insurance Update

Sadly the recent outbreak on the northern beaches of Sydney has seen the re-opening of theatres in New South Wales restricted.

Read our latest newsletter here for the latest.

ACT and Marsh Insurance's community theatre public liability and volunteer accident cover is available for 2021.

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Wishing all our members and supports a happy and safe holiday.

COVID-19 Update

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Please stay safe and observe the current health orders in your state. Here is the latest details on the roadmap provided by Create NSW as it applies to performing arts in NSW. ACT warns all members to exercise caution about commencing rehearsals. All members of your cast will need to be vaccinated, as per guidelines for other indoor spaces, until December 1 in NSW. We are also waiting for published protocols on group singing prior to Dec 1.

Stage 1 – 70% double dose

As previously circulated, initial freedoms will come into place for fully vaccinated adults on the first Monday after NSW reaches 70% double dose vaccination (expected to be October 11 – TBC).

These include:

  • Indoor entertainment facilities, including theatres, cinemas and music halls, can reopen with one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity (venue must decide which number they use).
  • Create NSW has not received any advice as to whether ‘the greater of’ will be added to this clause at the 70% mark.
  • Up to 500 people attend ticketed and seated outdoor events
  • Masks remain mandatory for all indoor public venues, public transport, retail and business premises (ages 12 and up)
  • Non-vaccinated young people under 16 will be able to access all outdoor settings, but will only be able to visit indoor venues with members of their household. Create NSW has requested further clarification around this clause, particularly in relation to participation in cultural and extra-curricular activities.

Stage 2 – 80% double dose

On the Monday after NSW reaches 80% double dose vaccination (expected to be late October – TBC), additional freedoms will be introduced for fully vaccinated adults (16+).

These include:

  • Up to 200 people at COVID Safe events
  • Up to 500 people at controlled, ticketed and seated events
  • Entertainment facilities (including cinemas, theatres, music halls) can operate at one person per 4sqm or 75 per cent fixed seated capacity, whichever is larger
  • Masks will remain mandatory for all indoor premises and settings (except children under 12)
  • Only hospitality staff will be required to wear a mask while outdoors

Stage 3 – 1 December 2021

On Wednesday, 1 December 2021, settings will apply to all NSW citizens, regardless of their vaccination status.

These include:

  • One person per 2sqm for indoor and outdoor settings
  • No limit on number of people at informal outdoor gatherings
  • COVID Safe plan required for outdoor events of more than 1,000 people
  • Hospitality can operate at one person per 2sqm, no seating required for eating and drinking
  • Indoor recreation facilities, including indoor pools, can operate with one person per 2sqm uncapped
  • Entertainment facilities, including cinemas, theatres and music halls) can operate with one person per 2sqm
  • Working from home at employer’s discretion
  • Masks not required outdoors
  • Masks mandatory on public transport, on planes and at airports, and for front-of-house hospitality staff


The sudden lockdown has sadly led to many theatre companies having to postpone or cancel their productions in NSW.

Hardest hit are companies on stage or in the process of bumping into theatres.

The Notable Theatre Company was about to bump in for Miss Saigon and has postponed its season.

The Cumberland Gang Show is half-way through its bump in at the Riverside Theatre.

Hunters Hill Theatre has cancelled the rest of its season of 84 Charing Cross Road.

The Castle Hill Players has lost performances of The Cripple of Inishmaan.

Sydney Youth Theatre is unable to stage its July season of The Addams Family as planned.

ACT had just published our second half of the year What's On.  To order extra hard copies of What's On, to receive a PDF of the What's On, or a PDF of the What's On Update Form, email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The latest rules for COVID-in NSW can be found here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe


The Association of Community Theatre regrets to advise that all seasons of community theatre in New South Wales are suspended due to Government regulations arising out of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The latest advice from the NSW Department of Health is that “community singing groups meet virtually for now” because COVID-19 has been spread in choirs overseas. This means it is not yet safe for musical societies to meet face to face for rehearsals.

We wish the entire theatre community and our audience members well over this difficult time and look forward to seeing you all in a crowded foyer when the pandemic is over.

The Association of Community Theatre AGM will be held in late September where we will announce details of relief for member companies.

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