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Alf Demasi takes on an alter ego of Fra Alfonso, a Renaissance monk, to unravel the mystery of the Devil in music. Photo supplied.
Alf Demasi takes on an alter ego of Fra Alfonso, a Renaissance monk, to unravel the mystery of the Devil in music. Photo supplied.

Music, drama and the imagination will be at the centre of the production, A Devilish Tale, that is being performed in Murwillumbah at the Regent Cinema on Saturday July 22 to raise money for the Uki refugee project.

This will be the third concert to raise funds for the project that has been running for the last five years. Each year over two seperate weekends around 35 refugees, mostly from the Brisbane area, are brought down to Uki for friendship visits.

‘It came about because everyone felt the same way about how refugees were being treated in Australia,’ said Tina Wilson who helps coordinate the project.

‘We asked ourselves what a small town could do to help and this is what we came up with.’

Each of the weekends there is a mix of refugees who have visited before and some that haven’t.

‘Some of the people who have been previously are now billeted out to families that they know in Uki while others are put up in the hotel. It has been an absolutely fantastic experience for everyone.’

A Devilish Tale combines a stage production, experimental musical improvisation and the delights of the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir to tell the story of the history of western harmony.

‘There’ll be lots of visuals, music and humour within the show,’ said author and illustrator and performer Matt Ottley.

Alf Demasi, a renowned keyboard player from Western Australia, takes on an alter ego of Fra Alfonso, a Renaissance monk, to unravel the mystery of the Devil in music.

‘Alf plays a rather irreverent monk whose preoccupation with the Devil illuminates the forces that have driven the development of western music,’ continued Matt.

The show brings together the talents of many local musicians and performers and brings you the three part experience that is A Devilish Tale.

Tickets include a light supper and are available from the Regent Cinema or online.

Proceeds go to the Uki Refugee Project.

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