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Culture Roundup – April 13

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From Edinburgh to Mullum Ex Services The Kagools play the club on Saturday 22 April
From Edinburgh to Mullum Ex Services The Kagools play the club on Saturday 22 April

The Kagools at the Mullum Ex-Services on Saturday 22 April at 8pm. Doors at 7pm, tickets are $25/30 and available at the club or online at mandynolan.com.au. Enquiries and phone bookings to 6619 0529.

Men wanted for Calendar Girls!

The Drill Hall Theatre is auditioning for men to play roles in Calendar Girls. They need two men in their 20s–30s and two chaps aged 40–60. More fun than a night on Tinder.

There are also a couple of cameos for women in their 50s–60s and roles for stage manager, design and set creation. For auditions phone director Judy Boreham to discuss or leave message: 0431 087 078.

Young at Art

This school holidays get involved in a bit of art by taking the kids to check out LOUD in the Gallery.

Presented at Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), it is a dynamic exhibition celebrating National Youth Week and features final year works from Alstonville High School, Ballina Coast High School, Southern Cross School K- 12, Xavier Catholic College and Emmanuel Anglican College.

The LOUD in the Gallery exhibition will continue until Sunday 23 April at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Ballina.

All hands on deck

Design your own skateboard deck these school holidays with Jeremy Austin at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG). Jeremy is a local visual artist who works in a variety of media out of his studio in Lismore.

There will be a morning and afternoon workshop on Thursday 20 April starting at 10am for children ages 12+, and 1pm for children ages 8+.

The workshop is $30 per person with all materials included. Prepayment is essential to secure a place.

Bookings: www.nrcgballina.com.au or phone the Gallery on 6681 6167.

Akmal: Trial by comedy

How do comics work up new material? They book a show and use you as their comedy guinea pig.

Comedian Akmal is keen to work up new ides and needs you to help him with his new show. Experience the workings of one of Australia’s best comedy minds in a one-off and unique night out. Will any of it make it into his new show? We don’t know, but what we do know is that either way it will be entertaining…

Byron Community Centre on Friday 28 April.

Five-star mime

I know, it’s hard to believe. Mime cracking five stars. People saying it was ingenious. Edinburgh Festival reviewers saying ‘pure genius’ or ‘clever and entertaining’. ‘Side-splittingly hilarious.’ It’s clever, it’s endearing, and it’s gorgeously silly. As one reviewer said: ‘It’s genius. Winner of the Best Comedy at Adelaide Fringe, Best Comedy at Buston Fringe two years running, and it comes to Mullum!

Supported on the night by Guinness Book of Records holder of the World Record for the Longest Comedy show (over 36 hours!) Lindsay Webb and MC Mandy Nolan.

Money to Create

Now in its third year, Screenworks’ initiative Createability 2017 will this year increase its total funding to $40,000 to support regional filmmakers in NSW to produce eight short films. Successful applicants will be supported throughout the program by local ABC Regional producers, who will offer feedback at each stage. Each of the films will be made available on ABC Iview at the end of this year. Applications are now open and Screenworks is asking filmmakers from regional NSW areas to apply. All applicants must attend the Createability Facebook Live Video stream ABC Pre-Production Masterclass and/or watch it post the event as this will assist them to complete their application. During the masterclass, they will gain professional advice to assist them in producing a competitive storyline and outline budget to the standard required by the independent panel. Filmmakers with disability are strongly encouraged to apply for this program. All filmmakers selected for this program will be strongly encouraged to connect with and to include filmmakers with disability from regional NSW as part of their teams. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 23 April. For more info go to screenworks.com.au.

A night with Dick

Richard Arnot is a retired surgeon who has been the subject of an ABC Australian Story program and is the author of two exceptionally entertaining memoirs. The first, Arabian Nightmare, describes the years 1979–80, which were fraught with tragedy and drama and saw him imprisoned for four months in Saudi Arabia. In 1981 he arrived in Australia and went on to become a travelling rural surgeon based in Inverell. Gaining his pilot licence turned him into a sort of one-man flying doctor service.

The Virgin Chicken is his second memoir, and covers his time in Australia. Come and join the Friends of Libraries, Byron Shire, at Heritage House on Friday 21 April at 5.30pm.

Tickets $10 include wine and cheese on arrival and are available at Bangalow Newsagency (6687 1396) or via the link at www.byronbayfol.com.


Puppetry of the Penis at the Ballina RSL on Thursday
Puppetry of the Penis at the Ballina RSL on Thursday

Another night with more dick

Puppetry of the Penis continues to be one of Australia’s greatest theatrical exports, and has now played to most of the western world. It has been hosted in more than 35 countries and performed in six languages. Two near-naked men (they wear shoes) manipulate their nether regions using the ancient art of genital origami, providing the audience with an hilarious array of shapes and impersonations that will be projected onto a huge video screen.

This latest incarnation comes fresh from Sin City itself, where the show has been thrilling audiences for the last two years, and will feature the stellar cast direct from Las Vegas: Rich Binning and Barry Brisco.

It will feature all of your favourites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Loch Ness Monster, the Pelican and, of course, the iconic Hamburger, but will also include a host of new installations, such as Miley Cyrus, Yoda, and the Kardashian, that promise to rock you into hilarious fits of laughter.

This is a non-sexual show and does contain full-frontal male nudity.

Warning: This show contains traces of nuts. Ballina RSL on Thursday at 8pm. Tickets are $44 at the club.

Circus Oz workshops

This year Circus Oz artistic director, Rob Tannion, along with a new, diverse acrobatic ensemble, are fired up to launch the latest touring Circus Oz show Model Citizens.

In the leadup to the three performances of Model Citizens by Circus Oz at NORPA on 12 and 13 May, Circus Oz will also be conducting a series of workshops for schools and the public at Lismore City Hall from Thursday 27 April till Saturday 29 April.

For more information about the workshops email Valley Lipcer at [email protected].

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