Culture: July 11, 2018

Dr Hubbles Bubble Show

Dr Hubble

Brunswick Picture House | Sat 14 & Sun 15 July | 2pm | $15-$55 for a family of 4 |

Everybody loves bubbles and Dr Hubble is back to show you why! Dr Hubble (portrayed by world-renowned circus and sideshow performer Shep Huntly) will be on hand to take you on a magical journey behind the bubble as he shows you bubbles in all their glorious shapes and sizes, including the famous Exploda-bubble and possibly the biggest bubble you’ll have ever seen! Brunswick Picture House on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Tix at

Friends of Libraries Byron Shire

Byron Bay Surf Club | Sat 14 July, 9am-5pm | Sun 15 July, 10am-1pm

Friends of Libraries Byron Shire, a not-for-profit organisation will be holding their annual Book Fair this weekend.

This major annual fundraising event kicked off four years ago at the surf club selling a few secondhand books and has grown into an impressive book fair offering a range of genres, old and rare collections, children’s books, health, cooking, audio and even vinyl records! The Book Fair is Friends of Libraries’ major annual fundraiser assisting Byron Shire libraries – Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Brunswick – with new books, infrastructure etc, keeping these great community hubs so popular today.

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Biggest little magicians in Bruns

The Biggest Little Magicians

Brunswick Picture House | Thurs 12 July | 2pm | $8–12 with family tix $32 |

It’s pretty safe to say that you won’t find this in any ol’ neighbourhood! Hailing from right here in the Byron Shire, The Biggest Little Magicians are made up of three siblings – Yuvisin, Bob, and Diamond, ages 14, 12, and nine, and they’re performing their first show here at the Brunswick Picture House! I’ve seen them in action; they’re incredible and they’ve got the natural magician fast-talking charisma! Suitable for all ages.

Storytime with Martin Killips

Brunswick Picture House | Tuesday 17 July | 11am |Tix $6–10 with family of four for $25

Wondering what to do with the kids this holiday? Martin Killips will be reading from a selection of his books including The Big Back Stalking Tiger, Dances with Hippos and Flower Power. Martin was born in Malaysia. For the first two years of his life he shared his bed with a Lar Gibbon, an ape indigenous to Southeast Asia. The ape took an active role in Martin’s upbringing and would bottle-feed and later spoon-feed him. Martin’s various professional careers have included building estimator, farrier, portrait artist, marketer, inventor, and failed pilot fighter. Join us as he reads from some of his masterpieces!

Praise, Protest & Purpose: The Workshop

St Kevin’s Hall, Bangalow | Wed 18 July |

Eric Dozier is the former musical director for the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir and the co-founder and director of arts and education for One Human Family Music Workshops, Inc, an organisation devoted to eradicating discrimination by ‘Uniting the world one song at a time’.

He is also a cultural activist, musician and gospel-music educator committed to carrying forward the traditions of African American sacred song. His work stems from a deep belief that music is much more than entertainment, it is a social force, a means, and modality for social change.

Through his interactive workshops, lectures, and performances, Eric continues to embody his commitment to spirited, informed, and creative conversation around the divisive issues that threaten undermine the fellowship of the human family.

African American gospel composer, director, teacher, and activist Eric Dozier will deliver a one-night workshop at St Kevin’s Hall, Bangalow on Wednesday 18 July. Bookings: Jennifer Richardson –[email protected]

Rhonda Burchmore at Bangalow A&I Hall Saturday 4 August

Rhonda Burchmore

A&I Hall, Bangalow | Sat 4 August | 7pm | $69

With a smile that could light up the Sydney Opera house and a voice that’s as big, bold and colourful as Uluru, Rhonda Burchmore has endeared herself to the hearts of all Australians.

After 30 years in the business, this vivacious, flame-haired beauty continues to turn heads wherever she goes and draws thunderous applause wherever she performs. She has forged a lengthy career in one of the toughest and most unforgiving industries, show business, yet as critics attest, she just keeps going from strength to strength.

Few Australian entertainers have shared her status and immense popularity amongst her peers, who admire Rhonda for her big personality, big heart, and enormous capacity to give back to the industry that has shaped her career.

Highlights of Rhonda Burchmore’s illustrious career are performing on London’s West End in a number of musicals including Sugar Babies featuring Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller, Stop The World I Want To Get Off with Anthony Newly and starring opposite David Atkins in the original Hot Shoe Shuffle.

Other productions include lead roles in Annie Get Your Gun, Mame, Easter Parade, The Boyfriend, They’re Playing Our Song, Song & Dance, Guys & Dolls, Respect – A Musical, Journey of Women, Little Orphan Trashley, Eurobeat, Calender Girls, and as Tanya in the original Australian production of Mama Mia.

For The Melbourne Theatre Company, Rhonda starred in several productions including Into The Woods, Urinetown, Tom Foolery, and the highly acclaimed The Drowsy Chaperone co-starring Geoffrey Rush.

In 2014 Rhonda was awarded the OAM for her service to the performing arts and community.

In 2016 Rhonda headlined the Adelaide Cabaret Festival with Twins after a sell-out run at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Rhonda is excited to bring her specially produced show Big Brassy & Bold in Bangalow to the northern rivers for Beach Bum Productions. Tickets are on sale now at or in person at the Bangalow Newsagency.

last weekend of the call at the drill hall

The Call

The Drill Hall, Mulum | Fri 13 & Sat 14 July | 8pm and 2pm | $22-25

Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’s The Call is an inspired choice for Mullumbimby’s Drill Hall Theatre Company. The play is based on the youth/early adulthood of David Hicks, the Australian who was captured in Afghanistan and later released from Guantánamo Bay. Mathew Godwin stars as Jerry who, with his two mates, struggles with alienation and poor employment opportunities by taking drugs and working dangerous jobs in abattoirs.

Jerry falls for forceful, angry Denise (played by Stevie Shumack) who desperately wants to travel overseas but ends up feeling trapped raising their children in an impoverished neighbourhood. Meanwhile Jerry is distracted by their sexuality and thrill seeking with his mates, the cynical Chunk (Dean Mitchell) and dreamy Aldo (Tom Davies).

The laugh-out-loud black humour picks up as anguish becomes the new norm. The Call for each of the three men differs, but for Jerry an idealised version of Islam offers an escape. In all this Denise and the children are increasingly sidelined.

Patricia Cornelius uses humour to leaven her honest, harsh, no-holds-barred dialogue to make a truly exciting night at the Drill Hall. The highly professional young cast, many in debut performances are superbly directed by local legends Mike Russo and Georgia Martin. The ensemble builds a searing and insightful commentary about the meaning of life in our Lucky Country. Reviewed by Jim Beatson

The Drill Hall Theatre’s latest offering The Call is in its last week. This edgy piece of Australian theatre explores what life is like in small country towns in rural Australia. It’s been called: ‘funny’, ‘disturbing’, ‘moving’, ‘real’, ‘thought provoking’, ‘relevant’, and the cast was lauded with: ‘terrific young lead actors’.

Gary, the hero of the play, like David Hicks, grew up in a village, as we all do. In his case the village let him down. How many Garys and Davids might there be in your village? If you are concerned about your village you should see this play to see what effect indifference can have on young lives.

The Call runs this Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $22/25 at The Bookshop, Mullum or

Black Beauty screening at Byron Theatre on Friday

Black Beauty

Byron Theatre | Fri 13 July | 11am & 1.30pm | $10.50-15.50

Black Beauty is often described as best horse movie ever. It’s based on Anna Sewell’s 1877 novel, and though made into a movie seven times, this is the one to see. The book itself is in the top ten best-selling novels for children. Sewell’s ‘autobiography of a horse’ is estimated to have sold between 40 and 50 million copies – compared to 50 million for the entire works of Charles Dickens.

As in the book, the narrator is Black Beauty himself, voicing his thoughts and feelings as he experiences the highs and lows of life. The film stars Alan Cumming, Eleanor Bron, and Sean Bean.

Although Sewell died five months after the book was first published, she did see its initial success in promoting the humane treatment of animals. She was passionate supporter of the new community organisation called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

This remastered version screens in high definition colour plus surround sound. Black Beauty ‘G’, one hour 30 mins.

Pop Goes the Comedian!

Club Lennox | Mon 23 July | 8pm |$10 

Get down to Club Lennox, 23 July to see local comedy legend Mandy Nolan kick off her latest comedy initiative, PopUp Comedy, where she features the newest and brightest comedy talent alongside one of her favourite feature acts.

The new comics are hand picked by Mandy and include Lisa Sharpe, the local girl who went on to become a Queensland finalist for the Melbourne International RAW comedy competition after just one gig! Lisa is joined by four other newbie talents.

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’joke, as Mandy knows only too well; that’s why she has spent many long hours hand picking the most promising, the very best of the new and talented comedians in the area. Watch them transform into the comedy super star they hope to be or into a broken wreck of a comedy fail that may well result from their leap into the blinding glare of the spotlight.

The feature act of the night will be the one and only Paul McMahon, full of wit and laidback charisma, never one to shy away from a wordplay or a playlist with a twist. Paul has been writing and performing his own comedy material for more than 10 years and spends most of his time running comedy rooms in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Fresh, funny and on for ONE NIGHT ONLY!


Screenworks and Feros Care are searching for 10 people aged 75 or older to be featured in a series of short documentary films as part of a new innovative project called FEARLESS.

Each of the selected seniors will have the chance to learn new skills and will receive a writer/director credit for a film. Screenworks and Feros Care have put a call out for applications – no experience is necessary, but a fearless and bold attitude is. Successful applicants will be chosen because they smash the traditional stereotypes that surround ageing.

FEARLESS is happening between early September and mid-November 2018. Applications close on 12 August 2018.

Detailed guidelines, application forms, and more information about how to apply are available online from Screenworks or you can contact the Screenworks office direct on 6681 1188 or [email protected] 

Circus Arts Peter Pan

Circus Arts, Byron Bay | Fri and Sat  20/21 July | 6.30pm and 2pm on Sat |  $16 adults, $8 children and $40 for a family.

These school holidays enjoy the wondrously inventive production of the family favourite Peter Pan Jr at Circus Arts in Byron Bay!

A spectacle of music, song, dance, and circus feats, the production promises to be a delight for adults and children alike.

Peter Pan is the leader of the Lost Boys and when he loses his shadow Wendy helps him to reattach it. Peter invites her to go flying to Neverland to visit the Lost Boys, where Tiger Lily and the Brave Girls, the vengeful Captain Hook and his comical pack of pirates await. A tale of magic and make-believe ensues.

Producer, director and choreographer Adrienne Megan Lester (Meg) of Platform Productions Australia said: ‘With a 27-strong cast of young people aged 6–16 from across the Byron Shire, this is the first time Circus Arts has staged a full-scale musical theatre production. The circus arena has provided a playground with seemingly limitless potential where other earthly boundaries of physicality usually exist. Its ability for creative exploration is a rare privilege for a director of theatre, and I’ve enjoyed the process very much.’

Audiences both young and old will enjoy surprises at Circus Arts.

Book online – circus or 6685 6566.

Johnny The Jester  Wild & Crazy Magic Show

Byron Theatre |Monday 16 July & Wednesday 18 July | 11am | $15


Johnny the Jester is one of Australia’s leading entertainers and children’s magicians. His Wild & Crazy Children’s Magic Show is incredibly interactive, and loads of fun. His shows always bring lots of smiles and laughter from the little ones as well as the older ones.

Children of all ages (‘that’s right, the 13-year-olds too’) will enjoy this action packed performance leaving everyone truly amazed!

At the end of the show you will also get a chance to meet and pat the real star of the show, Stewart the Bunny. Each child will also receive a free balloon animal to take home too!

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