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Culture Roundup: Wednesday 24 August, 2016

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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 24 February, 2021

Mt Warning ban

Chris Gee, Byron Bay Indigenous readers be advised that the following letter contains references to persons deceased. I read with some...

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The Cast of A Night of Letters onstage at the Lennox Community Centre Friday–Sunday
The Cast of A Night of Letters onstage at the Lennox Community Centre Friday–Sunday

Night Letters

Park Lane Theatre at Lennox Community Centre is hosting its first theatre production Night Letters this Friday till Sunday.

An Australian man, recently diagnosed with an incurable disease, leaves his home, his lover and their life, and travels through Europe in search of answers to unanswerable questions.

On his journey he encounters extraordinary people who share with him extraordinary tales. Reaching Venice, he then writes a letter home to his lover in Australia, every night for twenty nights.

Night Letters is a play that soars across time and space taking the audience on an intense personal and global journey,’ says director Nicole Sullivan.  

Directed and produced by Nicole Sullivan of Riding Hoods Entertainment, Night Letters is donating all raised funds for Heart Felt Homes, an inspiring local organisation that provides support for people during emergencies. 

Night Letters is supported by Lennox Head businesses including LJ Hooker Lennox Head, Stuart Garret Lawyers, Quattro, Lennox Head Gelato & Coffee Co, Jackson’s Technical Services, and Ballina Shire Council.

Night Letters runs from Friday till Sunday. Tickets are $30 adults / $25 concession. It contains adult themes. Food and beverages will be available at the bar. or more information and tickets visit www.communityspaces.com.au

Email: [email protected] or phone 6687 6291.

Still from Blind Date, one of the films being presented by Alliance Française for the French Film Festival at Ballina Fair – five Films over three days Friday–Sunday
Still from Blind Date, one of the films being presented by Alliance Française for the French Film Festival at Ballina Fair – five Films over three days Friday–Sunday

Because the French do it better

Just because you live regionally doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on culture! Alliance Française are presenting the annual French Film Festival at Ballina Festival with five fabulous films over three days. They are Un Peu, Beaucoup, Aveuglement or put simply, Blind Date… a comedy romance about a dedicated workaholic who prefers nothing more than silence. She is an accomplished pianist working on her big break concert. To her, music and sound are everything. Separated only by a wall, things get interesting!

Also screening is Rosalie Blum, a comedy drama about thirty-something Vincent Machgot, a hairdresser whose life rotates around work. His overbearing mother lives in an apartment upstairs and a womanising cousin is constantly trying to set him up. One day he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk Rosalie Blu. Intrigued, he begins to follow her… and that’s when things get interesting. The French are masters of filmmaking – funny, sensual, whimsical. It’s a blessed relief to see solid acting, interesting characters and human drama, played out simply and powerfully, as opposed to the American trend towards huge-budget special-effect blockbusters.

Ballina Fair, Friday till Sunday. For more information and ticketing contact Ballina Fair Cinema on 6686 9600.

Peter Hanson, setting up for the Ocean Shores Art Expo, with opening night on Friday and works on show at the Ocean Shores Primary School on Saturday and Sunday
Peter Hanson, setting up for the Ocean Shores Art Expo, with opening night on Friday and works on show at the Ocean Shores Primary School on Saturday and Sunday

Art about What Matters

If you want to see the most innovative art in the region, don’t miss the Ocean Shores Art Expo. This exciting show boasts a number of new and emerging artists with unusual imaginative flair. And many established artists use the event to try out new ideas.

President Ri Fraser has been on the committee since it began thirteen years ago. ‘I’ve noticed the artists’ experimentation gets more interesting every year. There is an increasingly good technical quality also. Now that the show itself is a teenager, we may see a break-out of inspiration!’ At the Launch Party on Friday visitors will get to see works on the theme ‘What Matters?’ while sipping a wine, snacking on delectables, hanging out with local artists and listening to talented musicians. The OSAE registrar Peter Hansen is busy cataloguing more than 230 art pieces for display in the Ocean Shores Public School auditorium from Friday till Sunday, with weekend showings from 10am till 4pm. Gallery owners and collectors seek out new and ‘old’ talent at this show, while business and home decorators love the wide range of original works with affordable prices.

Visit osartexpo.com for information. See the feature on page 42 of The Byron Echo this week.

The Ballina Players present Patrick Pearse Motel at Ballina Players Theatre 9–18 September
The Ballina Players present Patrick Pearse Motel at Ballina Players Theatre 9–18 September

Sketchy Comedy for the Big Gig

This month sees Troy Kinne headline at the Big Gig Comedy Club at the Ballina RSL.

Comedian and creator of his own Sketch Comedy show Kinne, for 7MATE, Troy Kinne headlines The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL on Thursday
Comedian and creator of his own Sketch Comedy show Kinne, for 7MATE, Troy Kinne headlines The Big Gig at the Ballina RSL on Thursday

Troy is often recognised from his performance on The Search for Australia’s Funniest Man DVD featured with FHM magazine in Jan 2006, but more recently as star of his own sketch comedy TV show KINNE on 7Mate. After his standup comedy debut, Troy won almost every young comic competition in the country. Among which was the ‘You Gotta Be Joking’ competition at the Comics’ Lounge in Melbourne. This win saw Troy receive the prize of a trip to New York to attend the American Institute of Comedy. These days Troy is best known for his hit sketch comedy TV show KINNE. The second series is currently airing on 7Mate. On top of the hectic schedule of being writer/director/performer/editor of his own show, Troy also makes regular appearances on Working Dog’s Comedy Quiz Show Have You Been Paying Attention, and provides regular weekly segments on the Fifi and Dave Show on Fox FM, including the popular Celebs are my Friends interviews that can be found on YouTube. He is joined by support act, Melbourne’s ramshackle raconteur and rock-comedy Lothario, Ryan Coffey.

This musical comedy genius burst onto the scene as a national finalist in the 2008 Raw Comedy Competition. His unique style has quickly gained him notoriety around Australia and abroad as one of the most exciting and inventive comedians to come out of the Melbourne scene in recent years. 

MC is the wisecracking mum of twins, and one half of the very successful Women Like Us comedy machine, Ellen Briggs

Thursday at the Ballina RSL. 8pm. Free.

Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their smash hit two-woman two-hour standup comedy sensation Women Like Us to the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Friday 23 September
Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs bring their smash hit two-woman two-hour standup comedy sensation Women Like Us to the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre on Friday 23 September

Swinging for the Buttery

This Saturday sees a Swinging Soiree come to Newrybar Hall to raise funds for a much-needed free community service: The Buttery’s Family Counselling Program.

Many families with a child, parent or sibling affected by drug or alcohol issues feel isolated and unable to cope.

The program helps them safeguard their own wellbeing.

‘The shame, guilt and judgment family members often feel causes them to be guarded about whom they can trust to hear and support them.

This program is totally non-judgmental. It reassures people they are not alone while giving them techniques to safeguard their own health and the wellbeing of their family,’ said family counsellor, Lily Schmelzle. 

Demand for the service has increased and The Buttery would like to be able to help more families.

Newrybar residents Diana Miller, Wendy Wishart, Maggie Banks, Stephanie Cassidy  and their friends have rallied together to put on an event at Newrybar to raise funds for the program.

‘We want to bring our wonderfully diverse community together in support of a great local cause. Dress is suave and glamorous,’  said Wendy.

The Swinging Soiree features entertainment by a brilliant band, Burstin and Banks and their friends, and local comedian, Paul McMahon. The sumptuous catering is by Grapevine Catering. Tickets also include food, wine and beer.

Tickets are available online through Eventbrite: Newrybar’s Swinging Soiree for The Buttery.

Il Ritorno by Circa, presented by NORPA at Lismore City Hall on Wednesday, Thursday 1 Sep and Friday 2 Sep. Photo: Chris Herzfeld
Il Ritorno by Circa, presented by NORPA at Lismore City Hall on Wednesday, Thursday 1 Sep and Friday 2 Sep. Photo: Chris Herzfeld

Life of Pi  author in Byron conversation

Yann Martel is the author of  Life of Pi, the number one international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee.

Martel is also the award-winning author of  The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios  (which won the Journey Prize),  Self,  Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading:  101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Yann Martel will visit Byron as part of his Australian tour with the highly anticipated release of The High Mountains of Portugal. Yann Martel will be conversation with Matthew Condon on

Thursday 1 September, 6pm at Byron Theatre.  Tickets $30/$35: byronwritersfestival.com or 6685 5115. 

The Woman Who Could Fly

The Will To Fly is a compelling account of an extraordinary woman’s drive to chase her ambitions and fulfil her greatest dreams. It screens at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall on Friday.

Tickets $17/$15 are available at the Mullum Bookshop or email to [email protected] Doors open at 6.30pm for soup, chai and cakes; film screens at 7.30pm.


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