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February 3, 2023

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Go Thistles!

Lismore Thistles Soccer Club has launched the Thistles Acceleration Program, in the process becoming the city’s only player development academy. 

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Oil spill on M1 near Byron, traffic backed up to Brunswick Heads exit

An accident on the M1 has brought southbound traffic to a standstill from the Brunswick Heads exit at Gulgan Road and Tweed Street.

It’s not the fossils, it’s the fools 

Humans have been muddling along in cities for around twelve thousand years, says Wikipedia, although if you count using an alphabet of some kind as the criterion of civilisation, the time span drops to a mere fifty centuries.

Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park reopens

Just off the road between Alstonville and Ballina, the spectacular Duck Creek Mountain Bike Park has re-opened, bigger and better, after an injection of funding and lots of hard work from dedicated volunteers.

A smorgasbord of flicks

This year’s smorgasbord of over 40 incredible short films are handpicked from a record 3,200 entries received for Flickerfest’s Academy® and BAFTA Qualifying short-film festival screened recently in Bondi, and Northern Rivers audiences are the first in Australia to experience the best of Flickerfest on tour. Highlights enjoying their Northern Rivers premiere include recent Academy® nominees and much-loved festival award winners alongside exciting, fresh, local talent.

Letters – 1 February 2023

The Echo loves your letters and is proud to provide a community forum on the issues that matter most to our readers and the people of the NSW north coast. So don’t be a passive reader, send us your epistles.

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Art imitates life in What’s Love Got to Do with It? a 2022 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Shekhar Kapur, from a screenplay by Jemima Khan.  The precis reads: ‘Set between London and Lahore, a filmmaker documents her childhood friend and neighbour’s arranged marriage to a bride from Pakistan.’

The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell offers north coast theatregoers the chance to see Australian icon, Max Gillies, and TV favourites Samuel Johnson and Michala Banas like they’ve never seen them before.

Straightjacket Production co-founders, AFI award-winning actor Samuel Johnson and director Lucy Freeman, fell in love with The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell the first time they read it, and they believe Australian theatre audiences will too. The 2013 tour is a remount of the company’s highly successful 2011 production in Melbourne, which featured John Wood in the title role.

A suburban hermit’s life unravels when confronted by his own dark secrets in this suspenseful, and often hilarious, drama.

Under an ochre sky something happened at Mt Ragged. Celebrated bush poet Daniel Gartrell’s most analysed poem is missing its final verse and the events that occurred at Mt Ragged are a mystery. Now an enigma, Gartrell lives as a recluse in the suburbs and his only contact is with his daughter.

Gartrell is at home, thinking very oblique thoughts when an emerging actor from Bondi knocks on his door. Ambitious and optimistic, he has been cast to play Gartrell in a biographical movie, and in his research for the role, is ready for anything… or so he thinks. Gartrell leads him on a merry chase, evading inquiries and playing unhinged mind games. The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is a humorous, thought-provoking and quintessentially Australian story that presents a different journey from the one you imagined.

Haunting of Daniel Gartrell is coming to NORPA at Lismore City Hall Friday August 23 & Saturday August 24, 7.30pm. Tickets: $20–$47.

For more information or to book go to http://norpa.org.au/events/the-haunting-of-daniel-gartrell/. 


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