Calm logic and compassion triumph over angry, irrational prejudice in Ballina Players’ production of Twelve Angry Men. Juror Eight (Mike Sheehan) follows the principle of not guilty if there is reasonable doubt. At first he stands alone but slowly and methodically he examines the evidence and one by one the other jurors come over to his viewpoint. Juror Three (Clem Halpin) is the stubborn, hot-headed exception. His viewpoint is fuelled by prejudice against the accused’s slum background and most importantly against all young men. The reason for that is eventually revealed.
Director Jackie Reedy was moved to tackle Twelve Angry Men when she saw the movie and found it totally compelling.
For her the attraction of the play is the fact that twelve total strangers are brought together and gradually their personalities emerge as each deals with his own conflicts and issues.
Twelve Angry Men will be staged at the Players’ Theatre until Sunday until 12 April. Evening performances commence at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Bookings are available at Just Funkin Music – phone 6686 2440. Opening night is a gala evening with champagne and savouries served.
Poets w Goats
Local jumping bearded impro poet Christo Warner joins up with Jumping Goat Fish at the Byron Book Exchange on Saturday for some wild performance poetry. Expect something unexpected. From 1pm. And like Christo, it’s totally freeee…
Keeping a Liddell on it
Lismore-based Neil Liddell has been a portrait artist since 2000, with shows in major capitals, and is the recipient of the odd prize from time to time. He has been commissioned to paint politicians, pop stars, explorers, scientists, vice-chancellors, Aboriginal elders and prominent artists. His exhibition at the Serpentine Community Gallery, Face to Face / Back to Back, features lots of locals, models and muses with a few older studies. Opening Friday at 7pm.
Screenworks continue to foster the film industry with a composing for film and TV seminar with Guy Gross.
Guy Gross is a multi-award-winning screen composer, who will be presenting his experiences as a screen composer, talking about the highlights of his career and advising how to work as a composer in the Australian screen industry. This seminar is a must for anyone involved in the music and screen industries, including musicians, composers and technicians as well as film and television producers and directors, and is open to the general public as well as students.
Sponsored by APRA and venue sponsor SAE Creative Media Institute, it will be held 2–5pm Monday at SAE Creative Institute Byron Bay. More information and tickets are available from www.screenworks.com.au.