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Culture Roundup: Thursday November 2, 2017

Latest News

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Dangerously Poetic Ode to Joy

Dangerously Poetic Press presents Ode to Joy, Poetry and Music, on Friday, 7pm till 9 pm at Brunswick Heads Primary School Hall.

Featured readers include local actor Susan Hayward and the founder of VoiceJam, Julia Williamson with poetry to lift the spirits. The always-spirited singer Elena B Williams, daughter of poets, will offer her lyrical blend of soul, folk, jazz and blues.

Bring along a poem to share for the open section that makes you smile. Let’s co-create an evening of Joy! Join us in an end-of-year toast to community poetry. Entry: $15/ ($10 for DP members) includes light refreshments.

Byron Shorts

Byron’s very own biennial short-play competition that has now been running for 15 years is set to delight audiences once more. With nine short plays by local writers featuring a cast of local actors and a variety of styles and themes, HOT SHORTS 2017 is a nine-course theatrical feast. With a wide cross-section of subjects from the main courses of the universal and tragic to the desserts of the personal and comedic, the 10-minute plays to be presented each night will please all theatrical tastes.

HOT SHORTS 2017 runs over two weekends from Friday till Sunday 12 November. Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm and Sundays at 2pm. The audience gets to vote for their favourite plays and the playwrights get to share in $1,500 prizemoney.

Tickets are $20 full and $18 concession and are available online at drillhalltheatre.org.au or from The Bookshop, Burringbar St, Mullumbimby.

Mary Poppins!


How do you deal with the transition from appearing nude on stage to realising the very proper character of an Edwardian English nanny? That’s one way of looking at the recent acting career of award-winning Veronica Lovejoy, who plays the magical Mary Poppins in the forthcoming Ballina Players production.

Firstly the ‘nude’ scene, as Veronica explains. ‘It was Calendar Girls in 2013; there were six female characters and there was that scene where we each posed for a calendar – discreetly behind a variety of objects. Playing Mary Poppins is so different as she is a very proper and conservatively dressed English nanny.’

Ballina Players transforms the stage into 1910s London where, from the rooftops, the jack of all trades Bert introduces us to the Banks family children and their new nanny, Mary Poppins.

With a cast of around fifty onstage each show, with spectacular costumes and evocative scenery, the audience is transported to life on the streets and rooftops as well as within the Banks family home.

Opening night Friday 17 November is a special event with complimentary glass of champagne and canapes before the show. The season runs until Sunday 10 December. Tickets are available either online at www.ballinaplayers.com.au or from Just Funkin Music in River Street, Ballina, Tel: 6686 2440.

All Aboard for Chicago!

Based on the 1926 play of the same name, Chicago remains relevant today as a comment on justice, show-business and the concept of the celebrity criminal. Both acerbically satirical and highly entertaining, it glamorises a scandalous time when women were pursuing their dreams of enjoying the same freedoms afforded to men, only to find that this also meant equality at the hands of the executioner. A fresh new staging concept will encourage audience interaction and help create the frenzy of a media circus.

Presented by the Bangalow Theatre Company, Chicago will start at 7.30pm sharp. Doors open at 6.30pm. There will be pre-show dinner catering by The Italian Diner on offer and a speakeasy bar sponsored by Brookie’s Gin in the foyer to aid patrons get in the mood of the era.

Friday–Sunday this week and 9–11 Nov. Tickets on sale now from the website at www.bangalowtheatre.com.au.

Beautiful Things


This time it’s Lisa Black, Zimmi Forrest (aka Melissa Hirsch), Sabine Brosche and multi-award-winning ceramicist Megan Puls in Chandeliers and other ocean ornaments.

Together they reflect the beauty of the ocean and her many treasures. Working in precious stones and metals, in ceramic and stone, sticks and rocks and the jetsam and flotsam of the ocean, the work is as fragile as foam, as ephemeral as the ocean’s drag on sand and as ageless as the shells and barnacles she turns to sand. It’s also quirky, imaginative and fun!

Opens at Art Piece in Mullumbimby on Friday at 6pm.

Swiv makes PM

For a country town-based lawyer his life sure gets interesting. Last weekend he was a Russian working man singing in Bondi for the Russian ambassador, this week he’s running for PM.

Who is Mark Swivel? Mark Swivel presents Alternative Prime Minister, another slightly drunk FedTalk previewing at Federal Hall on x at 7pm. Tics $20 at the door raising money for Federal Loves Refugees and their work with Romero Centre in Brisbane supporting asylum-seeker and refugee families.


Local Stories with Universal Themes

NORPA’s latest work Djurra draws on local stories to explore universal themes of belonging and identity. The Lismore-based theatre company, NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), is located on Bundjalung country and the company’s dedication to cross-cultural creative work is reflected in its governance and programming. This approach is reflected as the company explores its creative and social terrain, creating new Australian works in a regional setting.

Directed by Kirk Page and inspired by a Bundjalung creation story from the northern rivers of NSW, Djurra explores contemporary Aboriginal experience in its generations-old context. Dance, song, storytelling and striking imagery combine to tell a raw and powerful story of family legacy and cultural identity. Djurra is Kirk Page’s first full-length work and will premiere at Artstate NSW, the inaugural regional arts conference to be held in Lismore.

Wednesday 29 November till Saturday 2 December, 7.30pm. NORPA at Lismore City Hall. $25–51. Bookings: www.norpa.org.au or 1300 066 772.

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