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Culture November 26

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Interview with Madeleine West

Madeleine West is a nationally acclaimed actress who is one of the many talents who lives in our region. Not just a soap star (some might know her as Dee Bliss from Neighbours), Madeleine has an extensive performance training background and she’s going to be sharing her Theatresports expertise with kids at the Byron Comedy Fest.


Sad Dark Opera

In October this year, renowned Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo gave a stunning performance in the opera I Due Foscari, Giuseppe Verdi’s sixth opera and one of his darkest and saddest.

In this production from the Royal Opera House, captured live at London’s Covent Garden for screening in cinemas worldwide, Domingo sings the role of Francesco Foscari, the Doge of Venice, a despairing father torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city.

Jacopo Foscari, son of the Doge, is convicted of murder and treason. His wife Lucrezia is sure of his innocence but the Doge, trapped by the machinations of a corrupt city, is forced to make a terrible decision.

Conducted by Antonio Pappano, music director of the Royal Opera, and starring Francesco Meli and Maria Agresta alongside Domingo, I Due Foscari screens at Palace Byron Bay Cinema on Sunday at 1pm and Wednesday December 3 at 11am.

Getting Your Goat

I’m Talking to You is the debut art exhibition of graduating Visual Art students from Murwillumbah TAFE. Using painting and sculptural techniques and recycled materials, the students have addressed issues such as animal rights, media bombardment of celebrities, relationships, and consumerism of the planet. ‘Through our artworks we have expressed various opinions in the hope of sparking discussion around topics that we are passionate about,’ says Emily Moxham, one of the exhibiting artists.This collaborative exhibition by four students, Georgie Wicks, Emily Moxham (Moxie), Tristan Griffin and Michele Bevis, opens on Thursday at 6pm at the Lone Goat Gallery in Byron Bay and runs until 10 December.

Shelley’s Monster at the Palace

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. This unique production addresses concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil, within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

The National Theatre’s production of Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelley’s novel, was a smash hit at the theatre in 2011, enjoying a sold-out season during which it was captured live for screening in cinemas around the world.

Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, alternating the two roles of Victor Frankenstein and his unforgettable creation. Owing to popular demand, Palace Byron Bay is holding encore screenings of this extraordinary cinema experience. Version 1, starring Jonny Lee Miller as Frankenstein and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature, screens at 1pm on Saturday, and Version 2, with Cumberbatch as Frankenstein and Miller as the Creature, screening at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 3 December.


Byron Community College

You’re invited to Byron Community College’s 21st Birthday Party and Art Exhibition on Friday 28 November at the Mullumbimby Campus from 5pm and the Laneway Studio from 6.30pm.

Christmas Art Exhibition

Christmas art exhibition and sale, one night only on Friday 28 November at 5pm at Ocean Shores Country Club. No entry fee.

Camera club

The Ballina Camera Club print and digital review Thursday 27 November at 6.30pm at the Kentwell Community Centre. Enquiries Mark 6686 6915.

Sunday Serenade

Sunday Serenade, a fundraiser concert for Our Kids, Sunday 30 November at 3pm at Gretel Farm Eureka, $45/$35/children free includes afternoon tea. Bookings essential to 0425 243 860.

Family movies

Byron Youth Service is hosting a free family movie night at the Suffolk Park Community Hall, Friday 5 December at 7pm – short movies made by local young people and family movie Son Of Rambo. Bring a pillow to sit on.

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