Culture Roundup: Wednesday 17 February, 2016

fred-langFred Lang at the Big Gig

A comedian’s material is only ever as good as her or his insights.

Comedian Fred Lang has led an interesting life. Couple this with a strong sense of the ironic and you have comedy gold. Fred draws his material from those everyday experiences, whether it’s his interest in immigration (both his parents escaped from eastern Europe after WWII). Or his belief that youth gets its way too easily nowadays. (He has no children, automatically making him an authority!)

Fred’s comedy is, and always will be, pertinent, insightful, clever and funny.

His humour has been described as: ‘Forged in the furnace of current affairs and sharpened nightly against the steel of public opinion, Fred’s irreverence is razor sharp. Before your very eyes, Fred masterfully sews into the complacent and contented cloth of public life a thread of colour bright enough to light the way to the nearest psychiatric ward!’ Storyteller, comedian, raconteur, Fred Lang is in demand for sportsmen’s luncheons around the country and even old Kevin Rudd couldn’t resist his charms: ‘Your performance was the perfect way to end the speeches of what has been a successful evening’.

Fred Lang is the feature comedian at the monthly cult comedy event The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL.

With Paul McMahon as MC and Nick Penn as support this is sure to be a night of mirth and merriment!

(Mandy Nolan will be in Adelaide at the Fringe Festival with Ellen Briggs but promises to be back in March with a whole fresh swag of jokes in tow!)

Thursday 25 February at the Ballina RSL. 8pm. Free entry.

Launching Norpa’s 2016 Season

NORPA launches their 2016 with a free event with music, performances and a sneak peek into the world of theatre they are presenting this year. The bar will be open from 6pm and there will be food available. All the year’s shows will go on sale at the launch so this is your chance to grab the best seats in the house. You can purchase tickets to individual shows but if you want to become a NORPA subscriber and enjoy a 20 per cent saving as well as a swag of other benefits, you need only purchase tickets to three or more shows in our season.

NORPA event at Lismore City Hall on Friday 26 February at 6.30pm. Call 1300 066 772.

The acting drill

The Drill Hall Theatre Company offers free adult acting workshops to members of the company. Membership is only $15 per annum and anyone over 18 is welcome to join.

The two-hour workshops will recommence on Monday at 6.30pm. They are open to any level of experience and are aimed at imparting acting and performing skills and freeing up your imagination. If you would like to participate just turn up to the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby on Monday at 6.30.


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