Chookas

Karen E Camilleri

Melbourne, Australia

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Digital photo retaken from my original film photo.
A little trip down memory lane. This is my 15 year old daughter 16 years ago when she was a member of the National Capital Dancers (Canberra) she was getting ready to go on stage in their production of Swan Lake. Her role was in the corps de ballet. This photo was taken on film, I have processed it in photoshop to make it a bit more dramatic and to take away some of the distracting background. By the way (“I have been told that the use of ‘chookas’ to wish a performer good luck is uniquely Australian. It seems to have come into use during the early days of J.C. Williamson’s dominance of the theatre scene in Australia. In the early 1900s chicken was regarded as a treat (even in my experience ‘chicken in the basket’ was the most expensive dish on a menu). As most shows paid fees depending on the box-office take, a full house meant that the performers would be able to afford a chicken meal. The cry ‘chook it is’ was shortened to ‘chookas’, and eventually used by performers to wish each other a successful show regardless of the number of people in the auditorium.”) Curtesy of Colin Peasley
This is the colour version below.

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