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April 17, 2021

Interview with Laura Peck of Nudge Nudge Wink Wink

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Billinudgel Hotel | Sunday 2 June  | 2 – 9.30pm  |  $15-25

Laura Peck is part of a four-person team – two power couples! Sarah and Sut, and Dale and Laura!

‘The original idea was Sut’s,’ says Laura. ‘He had the concept to play music to raise money and raise awareness. So it started out as a free event and we had sponsors with prizes so we could raise money – it was a party with a conscience. I want to give credit to his idea; the four of us brought it to life; it is what it is because of our collective effort. We never imagined the success was as palpable and far reaching, and this Sunday will be our 37th nudge event!’

Nudge Nudge has had a few incarnations – starting free, and then becoming so popular it had to be ticketed. The audience numbers had tripled but donations hadn’t so charging became a way to control numbers and raise some serious coin for the community.

For Laura it’s all about the three C ’s!

‘Community, community, and community!’ she laughs.

When asked what the secret of the success of Nudge Nudge was, Laura is reflective.

‘It’s the perfect storm – all attitudes and everything is left at the door. It’s very egalitarian at Nudge; we refer to the audience as Nudgers, but the feedback we receive directly is everyone feels welcome and safe, and I think what unites everyone is a love of dance, whether you are 88 years old or eight months old bopping in the arms of your parents. There is a freedom of expression.’

This final NUDGE is going to be a really special send-off, featuring opening sets from the ladies of NUDGE – Sarah Sutton (Lady S) and Laura Peck (Miss L) with special guest beloved DJ Stephen Allkins, plus our residents Dale Stephen and Lord Sut. Mandy Nolan will be doing the comedy raffle, Creatrix Body Art + Dubse on Live Art and there will be a Silent Auction of a limited art print kindly donated by Craig Ruddy. This month’s charity is It Takes a Town. It takes a Town is built upon the premise that we all have a role to play in creating change – residents, services, clubs, businesses, schools, and government. With a focus on nurturing the qualities of collaboration, generosity, and responsiveness, It Takes a Town believes that if we get the culture of community ‘right’ and provide backbone support for the seeding of new collaborations and initiatives, then multiple outcomes can reverberate out for the benefit of all in our community. So don’t miss the final Nudge Nudge for some time.

‘We are putting Nudge Nudge on hiatus; there may or may not be a pop-up. But next season we are moving to a Saturday night residence – the first Saturday of the month CURIOUS – at Billinudgel. We will still be giving away some of the profits, but we are hoping now that we can pay everyone because everyone has been doing it free! We launch CURIOUS on Saturday 7 September!’

Nudge Nudge Wink Wink, a party with a conscience, at The Billinudgel Hotel on Sunday.

Tix: cunningstunts.com.au – are $25 if any left!

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