Akmal returns to Ballina because he owes a lot of money and the debt collectors have promised that if payment isn’t made they will break his legs, which he needs to perform standup comedy successfully. His return coincides with the unprecedented popularity of small men of Middle Eastern appearance that’s sweeping the country.
Remember, if you go and see any other comedian, then the terrorists have won. Known for his incredible ability to deal with hot topics in an hilarious and slightly offensive way, Akmal promises this year to deliver a show that is punctual and jam-packed with words…some of which he will be using for the first time.
Paint yourself into a corner with Byron School of the Arts
In 2017 the Byron School of Art will have three year-long courses on offer for those interested in broadening their skills, with options for all levels of experience with the Visual Arts Foundation, Visual Arts Practice, and Visual Arts Research and Project courses. These courses allow students to immerse themselves in a studio-based learning program developing the skills, knowledge and experience required to build and sustain an informed visual-arts practice.
You can find out more at the Open Day and 2017 Information Session on Saturday 10am–2pm. Come to the Bangalow studio for a cuppa and meet the teachers and current students from our 2016 courses. The closing date for the first round of applications is 21 October.
Dad. Joke. had a full house for its test flight at Club Mullum just a month ago. After a scrub and polish Dad. Joke. is on again soon before it heads to Sydney for the Seymour Centre Sound Lounge on 7 and 8 October.
Mark’s last show How Deep Is Your Love? took him onto LNL with Philip Adams and the Solomon Islands on an aid project (along with 30 shows from Darwin to Melbourne) so god knows where this project will end up!
Mark Swivel is a writer and performer (and lawyer, bless him). His last show How Deep Is Your Love? played 30 times, touring to Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Darwin, Mullum and a former nudist colony in Gympie! His play Water Falling Down was on at QTC in Brisbane and B Street, Sacramento in 2011–12. Mark took Jeremy Boutsakis to Edinburgh in 2007. He moved to Mullum in 2013, is a director of Spaghetti Circus and very proud member of Mullum’s leading all-male Russian choir Dustyesky. In Dad. Joke. Swiv, as Mark is known, is writing a speech for his son’s 21st and needs help! Lots. Come on a free dive into the absurd heart of Swiv’s family, politics and banana muffins. It’s a middle-aged man’s hilarious howl of rage and joy. Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club (Club Mullum), Friday 7pm, Tix: $10 at door or online at www.mullumexservices.com.au/whats-on
Go for the Glitter
Glitter Festival, now in its second year, is becoming nationally recognised as an arts festival that embraces and celebrates diversity, and encourages freedom of expression. From Thursday 6 October through until Sunday 9 October, the 2016 festival offers an incredible program comprising events, music, theatre, film and visual arts. Glitter contains an equal mix of earthy, raw and thought-provoking content, juxtaposed by performances and events of total fabulousness! There truly is something for everyone in 2016.
Featuring performances by Anthony Callea, in Ladies & Gentlemen, The Songs of George Michael, I’m Every Woman by Trevor Ashleyand, eight actors playing 55 characters in 24 Ways to Say I’m Gay. Check the Gold Coast Arts Centre website for more information
Join in on international peace actions this week by fronting up at Byron’s Peace Pole east of the Byron Surf Club, this Wednesday 21 September for a WAR NO MORE vigil at 10am.
There will be a giant peace flag parachute drop (weather depending), dove release, peace flame, the Peace Day affirmation. Bring banner, a flag, and a caring heart to join in a powerful collective presence for no more war. And on the Thursday 22 September there is a feast and film night at 5 Carlyle Street Byron, (follow the peace flags). See an inspirational film of the power of one – one man’s desire for No More War and what he has achieved in only a few years. Changing the world one heart at a time.
Virgin Sacrifice heats up
The latest crop of standup comedians are busy writing their routines and preparing for their big first standup cherry-popping night.
Fifteen people from around the community have spent the last month pushing those comfort zones, delving into their deep subconscious, revealing their idiosyncrasies in what promises to be a crazy night of show and tell.
After twenty years of teaching standup comedy, teacher Mandy Nolan never tires of the thrill: ‘I love it,’ she says. ‘People never cease to amaze me. They have such courage. It’s terrifying, it’s risky, and they’re standing on the precipice shaking like a leaf.
I think that is what makes the end performance so exciting!’ Mandy Nolan hosts Virgin Sacrifice – the standup comedy graduation – at the Byron Services Club on Monday 26 September at 8pm. Tickets are $10/15 and are available at the door or by booking on 6619 0529.