Learning to whistle
Mullumbimby Ex Services Club | Dec 20-21, 27-28, Jan 2-3 | 9am-12pm & 3pm | $40-75
Okay, so you don’t know what to do with the kids these holidays? Help is here! Your kid can become a pro tin whistler! Musician and tin-whistle tutor Áine Tyrrell is running workshops for kids…and adults! She says: ‘The interest in traditional Irish music around the world is ever growing and I have been amazed at the number of people in the local community who have been asking for tin-whistle lessons. Between touring full time it is hard to fit in weekly lessons, so I thought we would start with some intensive workshops over the school holidays, which I hope to continue until we get all of Mullum rocking the whistle.
‘I have both children’s and adults’ workshops where we will learn the basics of the whistle and then quickly move on to learning some tunes and then on to teaching you how to add some fancy moves that really make the tunes your own.’
The kids’ workshops are half day or full day, which includes an afternoon of storytelling and Irish dancing with morning tea included. It’s BYO lunch. Whistle is $20 or provided for use in the class. Classes run 20/21 Dec, 27/28 Dec, and 4/7 Jan. Half day is $40, full day $75. 9am–12pm or 3pm.
Standup comedy summer school
Mullumbimby Drill Hall | Jan 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 | $220
Do you have a funny kid? Do they always see the funny side of every situation? Been called the ‘class clown’? Then you don’t have a problem on your hands, you probably have a gift! Comedian Mandy Nolan believes that humour is one of the most misunderstood creative thinking processes and kids are natural-born comedians. ‘We have the humour literally beaten out of us by a system that doesn’t like to be laughed at! It’s too subversive!’ These summer holidays Mandy runs two comedy workshops for kids, one for tweens – that’s 9–12-year-olds – and one for teens – that’s 13–17. With five 2-hour workshops to run through the basics, to learn comedy techniques, a 1:1 writing session with a performance at the end! With Mandy Nolan and special guest teachers and numbers limited to 12 per class.
At the air-conditioned Drill Hall – 7/8/9 Jan and 14/15 Jan with a final performance on Wednesday 16 January! Cost is $220 – mandynolan.com.au.
Daily comedy & workshops at Falls
La Henge, Falls Festival | Daily, Dec 31- Jan 2
Join MC and standup comedian Mandy Nolan when she hosts comedy at La Henge for the daily hour of Funny Fuckers at Falls! Featuring special guest South African comedian Dusty Rich when he gives his daily comedy Download! Rich makes every show different, and has a knack of weaving his environment into his set! Also performing are Brisbane comedy duo Release the Bees and local up-and-comers Vanessa Mitchell and Alf Arber. This year for the first time ever Mandy Nolan will be running a standup comedy workshop on the last day so that Falls punters can be the stars of the show for the final comedy Download. If you’re onsite, come in and say hi! Or better still, do the workshop, jump up and be part of the show!
Shows daily with the workshop on 2 Jan.
Women Like Us hit Byron for summer!
Byron Services Club Jan 14, Pottsville Hall Jan 19 | 8pm | $35
It’s been a big year for the mouthy mamas of mirth, Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs, who performed in excess of 40 shows around the country this year with their touring hit Women Like Us. After a month of waiting on their families, cleaning up after visitors, and packing on a few extra kilos, the two resentful, unflinchingly cranky women get ready to bring the laughs back home by kicking off the year with two local shows: Byron Services Club and Pottsville Hall!
Women Like Us started out as an idea by two women comics to step away from the male-dominated comedy scene into venues where women’s stories and experiences are centre stage.
They call themselves ‘the bogan woman’s thinking woman and the thinking woman’s bogan’.
‘It’s not a show just for women,’ Briggs says. ‘In the same way a comedy show by two men would never be seen as a bloke’s-only show. Women Like Us is about making our experiences universal rather than ‘niche’. And as it turns out, there are a lot more Women Like Us out there then we ever realised. There’s even a growing tribe of men Like Us too!’
Briggs and Nolan performed at the Up Front showcase at Melbourne Comedy Festival at Melbourne Town Hall; these two were clearly the comedy picks of the night.
Tix online at womenlikeus.com.au for both or at the club in Byron or at Dune in Pottsville, or at the door if any left!
South In Self Exile presented by Jack Bailey
Byron Theatre | Friday Dec 21 | 7pm | $10
Produced and directed by landscape artist Jack Bailey, South in Self Exile is an abstract visual and sonic essay, recorded during a six-week journey traversing South America’s broken spine. From the southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia, to Northern Argentina’s vast desert plains, this cinematic meditation takes the participant through the wormhole into an alternative vantage point on the interface between man and his manifested milieu.
Disconnect from the demented devices that exist to exert ever-increasing increments of influence through the dis-ease of distraction… force-feeding mass-produced misinformation. Lift your head beyond your lap and witness the unfiltered wonder of the natural world.
‘The more time we spend removed from the mediocrity of society, the less we depend upon it.’ Turn on, tune in, drop out. Original synthematic score by Vinnie Laduce.
Starlight Festival shines
Bangalow A&I Hall | Jan 3-6 | $25-60
The 23rd Starlight Festival will feature four transformational days of keynote speakers, soundbaths, yoga, workshops, chant, breathwork and much more. Keynote speaker Brandon Bays is one of the most dynamic, inspirational and innovative teachers in the field of personal growth and cellular healing. Her radically transformative work has grown organically and exponentially over the last 20 years. Brandon is an authentic living example of her work. Her open, candid honesty combined with her genuine compassion for the human condition and her relaxed, warm-hearted humour, bring her teachings alive with insight, depth, humanity and grace.
Nurture your mind, body and soul at the Starlight Festival this January 3–6 at the A&I Hall in Bangalow. $25 one-day pass. 4-day pass $60. Locals 2-for-1 days on 3 and 4 January. Tickets at the door or online– starlightfestival.com.au.
Hot Shorts Comp heats up!
Drill Hall Theatre | Entries close June 30 2019 | $15
The Drill Hall Theatre Company (DHTC) is excited to announce that its biennial short-play competition HOT SHORTS is on again this year. Writers are now invited to submit their plays, which must be original, not previously performed, no longer than 10 minutes, and with minimal staging difficulties. Entries close on Sunday 30 June 2019.
The entry fee per writer is $15, which covers any number of plays submitted. This also makes writers associate members of the DHTC and entitles them to discount tickets to our shows.
The entry form outlines details of competition costs and rules.
Up to 10 plays will be selected for performance at The Drill Hall in November 2019 and will be eligible for prizes. DHTC can help playwrights with production of their plays should they be chosen for performance.