Akmal Acting Out
One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished comics, Akmal draws on his Arabic heritage, his experiences migrating to Australia at the age of 11, and his disillusionment with religion and the modern world to deliver a standup show that is fresh, honest and ridiculously funny. He is doing a test show to run new material at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Friday 28 April. Tickets at the venue.
She is known for her cuddles. Her big full-bodied embrace of unconditional love. No, not your mum: Amma. The Indian guru whom I recall seeing years ago and hearing some strange back-story from her interpreter about her knowing she was called to the work when she fell over in a field and a cow brought her biscuits. I may have misremembered that bit. But I do remember the line waiting for a hug went for hours. . The woman has hugged entire cities. If you need some love, then pop up to the Goldie to see Amma at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre on Sunday from 7pm. It’s free. She is also conducting a For more information go to ammaaustralia.org.au.
Women in theatre
Public Act Theatre is a social-arts theatre company based at the Community Centre and Theatre in Byron Bay. Public Act Theatre partners with community health and service organisations, forming theatre ensembles with community members, many who have never participated in theatre or performed onstage before, people facing challenging social, cultural, economic, health, and human-rights issues. Their upcoming workshops Empowering Women Through Theatre commence on Friday 28 April and are held every Friday at the Community Cabin, Carlyle Street, Byron Bay during school terms. 9.30am–12.30pm, $150 (subsidies available). 28 April–30 June, Contact Philippa Williams 0422 882 319 or email [email protected]
Join Sea Shepherd Byron Bay for the much-anticipated feature-length documentary A Plastic Ocean, described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the most important films of our time’. A Plastic Ocean features an international team of adventurers, researchers, and ocean ambassadors who go on a mission around the globe to uncover the shocking truth about what is truly lurking beneath the surface of our seemingly pristine ocean. A Plastic Ocean brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle and shows never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health.
Wednesday at the Byron Theatre at the Community Centre at 7pm.
Sassy Salsa presents Friday Fiesta, a monthly Latin night at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, on Friday. Daniella and the Sassy crew muster up a community vibe with help from local Latin dance teachers and dancers. There will be a FREE Latin dance class at 7.30pm for those who have never tried partner dancing. Local DJs and dancers sharing their favourite Latin tunes as they inspire you with the rhythms of salsa, bachata, kizomba and zouk.
Big 10 years
Ten years ago JK Rowling released the final book in her Harry Potter series, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and the Ballina RSL launched The Big Gig Comedy night. For 10 years now on the last Thursday of the month the Ballina RSL has been bringing laughter to the region with this free night of national headline comedy. This month to celebrate 10 years Big Gig lovers are in for a treat with not one but two headline comedians. International headline comedian Jonathan Atherton and one of Melbourne’s top up-and-coming comics Tom Siegert. With MC Mandy Nolan and cake! Thursday 27 April at 8pm. Free!