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Culture Round Up – 16 June 2016

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Return to the Forbidden Planet

The Ballina Players Theatre stage will rock from 17 June as US Starship Albatross shoots through the sky, dodging a meteor shower and blasting forth with rock classics.

Thus begins the musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.  

All the rock favourites are there, woven cleverly into the plot and the dialogue, with Good Vibrations, Young Girl, Who’s Sorry Now and of course Great Balls of Fire as highlights.

The spaceship is drawn to the Forbidden Planet occupied by the mad scientist Prospero (Graeme Speed) and his beautiful daughter Miranda (Jamaika Smith). They come aboard the repaired Starship and it takes off.

Fourteen-year-old Jamaika Smith has recently been awarded a place in a prestigious two-week voice clinic in Los Angeles.

A love triangle develops between Miranda, the ship’s Captain Tempest (Brian Pamphilon) and the cook, Cookie (Trevor Stone). This leads into favourites Shakin’ All Over, Only the Lonely and She’s Not There.

The ship is under threat once again, this time from a fearsome space monster. Prospero saves the situation as the Forbidden Planet disintegrates. 

Gloria, Prospero’s devious wife, long ago left Miranda with him on the Forbidden Planet. It is discovered that the science officer on the Starship (Yvonne Lingua) is really Gloria and the crew exposes her in the song bearing her name. She attempts to take over the ship.

Return to the Forbidden Planet has fun, humour, romance, treachery and intrigue. But above all it is about the music!

Directed by Clem and Shelly Halpin, who were responsible for last year’s Oliver, Return to the Forbidden Planet will be staged at the Players Theatre from 17 June till 3 July.

Evening performances start at 8pm and matinees at 2pm. 

Book online at www.ballinaplayers.com or at Just Funkin Music, 6686 2440. 

David-Kas-David Kas – Wavering Radiance

The Lone Goat is delighted to bring you this solo exhibition by David Kas. David graduated from the National Art School in 1985 and has since gone on to have numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia.

David’s exhibition at the Lone Goat Gallery will show recent his paintings that celebrate the mysticism of the landscape. With elements of surrealism and abstraction, his textured artworks evoke the sublime and etheric nature of the landscape, the spirit concealed in matter.

‘Mystics of all ages have glimpsed a “spiritual spectrum” behind the physical spectrum, and even though we have a familiarity with the landscape, the natural environment can also be alien, mysterious and unfathomable,’ says David.

The show opens this Friday at 6pm and runs until 29 June.

Musical Portraits

Conducted by John Curro and featuring violin soloist Hugh Won, the latest program from the Northern Rivers Symphany Orchestra – Violin Concerto No 1 and Brahms – Symphony No 4.

Renowned conductor John Curro takes the orchestra to new heights with Brahms’ Symphony No 4 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto, featuring soloist Hugh Won. Mr Curro is the founder and director of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. He has inspired thousands of young musicians throughout his career as a conductor, teacher and performer and, under his leadership, the QYO is regarded as one of the world’s finest youth orchestras.

Back in 1992, under the baton of Mr Curro, the then-17-year-old violinist Hugh Won performed the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the QYO in the finals of the National Youth Concerto Competition and emerged as the winner. Hugh has since gone on to perform with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, tour internationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra, and appear as a soloist for the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra. In this special reunion, Hugh and John will perform together again after 24 years. They will bring another favourite, the beautifully romantic Bruch Violin Concerto No 1.

See this wonderful concert on Sunday 10 July at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre. Tickets: General $45, Concession $40, Students $20, children under 15 years free.


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