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Didaktikon
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Date Posted:31/03/2008 8:31 AMCopy HTML

Hello, all.

Well, I visited the afternoon service at the Planet Theatre yesterday. I hadn't been inside the place in over 21 years, and to be honest, I was rather surprised at how small it actually was. I guess it seemed somehow "bigger" to me as an 18 year old.

Although it was the second service, and there weren't too many people there, I did see several of the "usual suspects" from my time there, one of whom came up to me and had a go at guessing my name. He couldn't remember it without quite a bit of prompting, even though I shared a house with him and a few others once! I'm guessing the chap isn't a frequent visitor to "PleaseConsider". Anyway, the fellow asked if I remembered him, I said, "of course. You're [name deleted]." He seemed a little "chuffed" by that.

I arrived just after the choruses started, and left immediately after the "talk" ended. Given the Brisbane RCI was my developmental matrix, the entire experience was a little surreal despite the fact I've visited many an assembly in the intervening years.

Blessings,

Ian
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Re:Brisbane RCI

Date Posted:31/03/2008 9:13 PMCopy HTML

 your a brave man didi, went past one night mid week meeting, it was hot so doors where opened down side street so had a peek, the talk was on and everyone looked so enthused and interested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT.

Its such a tired and old looking building now, you think they could give it a bit of a paint job you know so it can become the whitened scepleca (however you spell it) lol

enjoy brisy
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Date Posted:01/04/2008 11:46 AMCopy HTML

Brave Indeed !! Time to petition Her Majesty for a Victoria Cross !!

Question:- Are they still singing the same old choruses ??

 

Eric 

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Date Posted:03/04/2008 12:18 PMCopy HTML

Hey Ian! Long time no see. I, of course, remember you well - not to mention your fabulous eighties wardrobe! Have lost touch with Guy, which is a shame and something I keep reminding myself to remedy.

I find it amazing that you went in again. Good on you! I must admit I've had the odd dream over the last eleven years of finding myself back in that hall. Nightmares, mostly. Finding myself in there, but frowned on, seen as a sinner, exposed etc etc etc. Dark dreams. Uncomfotable dreams.

The thought of actually going back has never occurred to me - but man, it must be cathartic! I should put it on my to-do list. Did people recognise you? If so, were you hastled? I have vivid memories of "uncle Brian" forcibly ejecting some backslider who came in to a Sunday meeting once without permission - physically pushing him out the door. Horribly illegal, I should imagine, but the frightfully-polite middle class academic in me hates the thought of creating some kind of fuss.

Sitting in the back row, watching Darcy do his thing, knowing that the last time I saw him was front row at a lunchtime lingere show at Indooroopilly shoppingtown (really!) would be a bit of a hoot. Plus if they were to throw me out, I guess I could make a nice feature article out of it.

The website is lovely, by the way. You and Drew are doing good things.

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Date Posted:07/04/2008 4:47 AMCopy HTML

Mothandrust has just linked here from Facebook, so I thought I'd do the same in the opposite direction. It seems like there is a really good number of ex Brizzie RCI/RF folks floating around on facebook, so we've made a chat group there too, and a meetup for old Brizzie folks is being planned for the end of next month. If anyone reading this is a facebooker too, please friend me and I'll add you to the group. You can find my name at my website, for facebook friending purposes.

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Re:Brisbane RCI

Date Posted:08/08/2015 9:36 PMCopy HTML

 I completely understand the desire to set foot in the Planet Theatre once again, before it inevitably shuts down that is. For me it isn't about catharsis or healing. I don't think it would accomplish that for me. It's more about looking at something that was such a huge part of my formative years with adult eyes. I haven't set foot inside those doors since we left in 95, but I just want to have a sneaky peak once more before it becomes defunct.

Is it still the same? The world map with the little lights? The mezzanine and the kitchen area (kids don't get any supper!). The stairs up to the costume area, filled with the animal costumes from Don't Knock Noah. The caterpillar and the peacocks. Then beyond that to the attic area above the ceiling where you could peer through the little, round holes to the congregation below. Did anyone else ever sneak up there? I used to go there and and hide sometimes and even drop some of my lollies through the holes onto the people's heads below. Those lollies from the corner store down the road?!! Lypties! Yum! And the fish and chips during the break between meetings?

I can't say I miss it. By the end I hated the RCI with every fibre of my being. Growing up there damaged me in ways even I don't fully comprehend. It was like poison for my soul. But it was a big part of me growing up. Maybe I could wear a disguise and sneak in one day? Do they just let anyone in?


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