2021 Events


The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch) invites all members, their guests and friends to a number of events throughout the year in pursuit of our organisational objective to promote understanding and communication in and about the English language and culture especially in Australia through education, social events and scholarship.

Come and enjoy good fellowship, discussion and an entertaining social evening. Events listed below should be added to your diaries.


Friday 5 March – Shakespeare’s Women.

Two Brisbane actors and former specialists in speech communication and theatre, Patsy McCarthy and Dr Jillian Clare, entertained over 40 guests at our first event of 2021 for a performance of ‘Shakespeare’s Queens’. Jillian and Patsy led us through a fascinating exploration of some of the many faces of love and passion in the works of Shakespeare. Working with a beautifully constructed script created by Jillian, the always polished and professional Patsy and Jillian performed examples of many twists and turns in cameo scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. A wonderful evening!


Friday 26 March – Political Language

All members and guests are invited to join us for our next 2021 ESU Queensland social/cultural event at “Miegunyah” 35 Jordon Terrace Bowen Hills. Street parking is available.

You will enjoy canapes and a complimentary drink and experience a fascinating journey through the language of politics and the media with journalist and author Madonna King.


Each guest will receive 1 complimentary drink on arrival with a cash bar. Due to Qld Health Covid-19 guidelines it is essential that you immediately be seated at a table post arrival.

During the evening, enjoy a guided tour of the Evening Gown collection of the Queensland Women’s Historical Association.

Reservations are essential for catering purposes.



Cost: $38 (members)/$45 (non-members)
Payment: Please pay by direct deposit to the English-Speaking Union BSB 034 086 Account number 169442 and use the reference “yourname”. Because the event is catered by private caterers no refunds are possible post Friday 19 March 2021.

Program Details:

6:00pm               Arrive, collect complimentary drink and move to be seated at tables. (no milling due to COVID plan).
                           (Note: A bar will be available for purchase of drinks.)
6:15pm               Guests seated at tables
6:30 – 7:00pm    Welcome by ESU Chair & Small plate Canapes 1 served
7:15 – 7:45pm    Presentation Madonna King
7:45pm               Thank you & Small plate Canapes 2 served
8:30pm               Guests depart

For more details download the event brochure. To book your place please email secretary@esu.org.au.


Friday 30 April – How to write a funny play

More than thirty members and guests were educated and entertained by Hugh O’Brien as he shared his secrets on creating plays that make audiences laugh. A thoroughly informative and entertaining evening.

Hugh is an Award-winning Queensland playwright and screenwriter. He is twice winner of both the Dogwood National Playwriting Initiative and the Noosa National One Act Playwriting Award for his comedy plays and most recently winner of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers National Playwriting Competition.

Short videos from Hugh’s talk are provided below.

CCCP – Compelling Character with a Compelling Problem
View the video https://youtu.be/SARmfmb8oCo

Deciding the Title
View the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4H7XFeaxjNo

Should you only write on personal experiences:
View video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vC9jv4kw19o

What’s the best way to do research?
View video https://youtu.be/6EnX-c2jepM



Friday 30 July – “Cool Britannia?”

Forty ESU members and their guests attended the United Service Club where Lorigan, President, French-Australian Chamber of Commerce (Queensland) gave a spirited address on the topic “Cool Britannia?”.






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