Getting the kids to monkey around
Australia’s favourite little kids’ show is coming to the Byron Theatre on Wednesday with their interactive drumming show. The Amazing Drumming Monkeys have been wowing audiences around Australia and overseas for the past 12 years! The Monkeys combine a unique blend of puppetry, live music, comedy, and heartwarming themes to deliver a fun-filled interactive show for the whole family.
This is an adorable little variety show aimed at 1–8-year-olds, and is also great entertainment for all ages.
The two monkey puppets (Bongo and Congo) play African drums, lead audiences in songs and dances, and give everyone a chance to play a little drum during the show. The Monkey show also features beautiful messages, such as caring for the planet, and getting along with one another. 11am.
Cost: $15pp, $13 concession, family of 4: $50. Bookings: www.byroncentre.com.au.
Art for sale by Coastal Creatives
Tired of all the consumerist crap in the shops that Christmas brings? Then get off the new super-highway (before you forget how) and take a look at the wonderful and inspired works of art at the Coastal Creatives Art Sale on at the Newrybar Hall over the Xmas break. A group of 10 local artists have gotten their various artistic wares together in a collective and are having a festive season show. For sale are a plethora of pictures, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and prints for you and your friends to take away something unique and hand-crafted from the Byron Shire. Well-known names around town like Anne Leon, Sam Sosnowski, Potts and others have combined their prodigious talents to present something uniquely different from the usual commercial offerings available at Christmas. And although you may have already bought presents for your family and friends, now is the perfect opportunity to pamper YOURSELF! And, of course, why not show off the brilliant creativity of the local area to your guests at the same time by bringing them in for a look? You’re sure to pick up a post-Christmas bargain, and spread your own Christmas cheer by ‘keeping it local’!
Simply take the Bangalow/Byron exit then travel south down the Hinterland Way aka the old highway, and turn off to Newrybar.On show until Monday.
An Austen Tayshus download on the year that was
Austen Tayshus, the big man of comedy, returns to the Bay to spread his unique brand of comedy mayhem with a show at the Byron Services Club on Monday 11 January. Always topical, Tayshus cleverly downloads on the year that was, touching on the big themes from terrorism to popes to refugees to revolving prime ministers to sport and beyond. Obsessed with creating a comic narrative on what it means to be Australian, Tayshus puts in a power hour of laughs. With Mandy Nolan as the MC and opener, this will be a cracker of a show.
Tickets can be booked on 6619 0529 or bought at the club. $25. 8pm
Flickerfest comes to Mullum
Celebrating its landmark 25th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s leading Academy award-accredited and BAFTA-recognised short film festival, and the country’s largest Australian and international short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world for their 2016 festival.
Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2016, with selected highlights of the most entertaining and innovative short films from around the world touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour over Jan–May 2016, with Byron Shire being the first stop. The Flickerfest 2016 tour will take place at the new home of Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasboard of the world’s and Australia’s best shorts over one big weekend handpicked from a record 2,400 entries. Come celebrate amazing independent filmmaking in Mullumbimby over 22–24 January with a glam catered opening-night party followed by the Best of International Shorts on Friday night; Saturday kicks off with our Byron All Shorts local filmmaker finalists screening showcasing the best from our region and afterwards our Best of Australian Shorts light up the screen. On Sunday night sit back and enjoy our global Short Laughs Comedy program highlights handpicked from across the festival.
Local Mullumbimby residents Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd and tour manager Shane Rennie are thrilled to be bringing the festival home to their own town and look forward to sharing some incredible festival highlights with their local region. Among an amazing array of highlights this year is a delightful locally produced comedy film, Nan and a Whole Lot of Trouble shot at Tullera, Lismore, and Wardell and produced by local resident Lois Randall, directed by award-winning Indigenous director Dena Curtis, will have its world premiere at Flickerfest Sydney in the Academy-accredited Australian competition and its northern rivers premiere at Flickerfest on tour.
(Don’t miss this one-off chance to see this and other amazing shorts before they continue their journey around the world; curated from the Flickerfest competition screenings at Bondi; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia and the world have on offer. Watch the Flickerfest 2016 Tour Trailer: vimeo.com/flickerfest/flickerfest2016tourtrailer.
Visit: www.iQ.org.au for full program, info & tickets (also avail at door). Flickerfest Mullum is a fundraiser for the Island Quarry Arts and Eco Reserve.
Legally Blonde in Ballina
The madly popular movie Legally Blonde was the inspiration for the family-friendly version Legally Blonde Jr, this January’s Ballina Players youth musical.
It tells the story of Elle Woods (Jamaika Smith), blonde, beautiful and obsessed with the colour pink. Before her boyfriend Warner (Finley Black) heads off to Harvard and rejects her to find someone more ‘serious’. Elle is determined to gain entry to Harvard Law and prove him wrong about her. She can be both blonde and a ‘serious’ wiz at law! Much of the story is told in song, and numbers such as Omigod and So Much Better are already favourites. The musical’s sense of humour as well as catchy lyrics and its themes of self-empowerment and open-mindedness make Legally Blonde Jr fun for young performers as well as young audiences.
A cast of 27 young people aged from ten to eighteen bring it to the stage. Jaime Sheehan is responsible for the lively and colourful choreography. This the eighteenth show Jaime has choreographed for the Players, and she first performed with them at age fourteen. Jaime is an outstanding product of the Ballina Players’ policy of providing experience for young people and encouraging them to continue in all areas of theatre arts.
Legally Blonde Jr, directed by Mike and Jaime Sheehan, will be staged at the Players Theatre from January 15 to 24. Evening performances will commence at 7pm and matinees at 2pm.