Byron Comedy Festival
17- 18 May
Each new generation of comedians seem to have their own particular style or feel. Often breaking with the conventions of the past, and always looking for new pathways, it’s always refreshing to see how funny people just seem to get even funnier.
The Byron Comedy Fest are excited to present The Comedy Collective, a triple bill that features Dave Thornton, Mel Buttle and Nikki Britton, three sharply insightful and irreverent voices on the Australian comedy scene.
Dave Thornton has an easy charisma that has seen him become a regular on The Project . He spent four years as a host on Fox FM’s breakfast show Fifi Box, before ditching the big bucks to follow his first love: stand up comedy. He can be seen on Hughesy We Have a Problem, Channel 9’s 20 to One , and he’s even tried his hand at acting…on House Husbands !
Nikki Britton also has a penchant for acting – in fact it’s where she started before she exploded onto the comedy scene in 2011. Warm, rapid fire and self deprecating, she’s appeared on ABC’s Comedy Up Late, and on The Comedy Channel as apart of the Just For Laughs festival. Her most recent solo show Romanticide was nominated for Best Comedy at Fringe World in Perth. You might know her from the popular web series Sheila and previously toured 51 Shades of Maggie Muff where she played an Irish woman – touring for two years to sold out crowds and critical acclaim.
And then there’s Mel. Not buts about Buttle, she’s bloody brilliant. She is an incredible storyteller, a dog lover, in fact she’s a dog walker. Her comedy show Dog Bitch had audiences rolling over begging for more. Mel’s observations and her ability to create on-the-spot characters that are both hysterical and spot on. She has a regular column for The Courier Mail, she appeared on Please Like Me and has written for ABC’s Ronny Chieng: International Student and Network Ten’s This Week Live. If you love cooking shows, then you’ll recognise her from Bake Off where she teams up with colleague and comedian Clair Hooper!
The Comedy Collective are all about keeping it real. Saturday 18 May at the Byron Surf Club – tix are $50 at byroncomedyfest.com
Innuendo at Pighouse Flicks
15 March | 5:45pm
The new independent filmmakers co-operative Cinegar Bar has assisted in creating its first ever cinema release: Innuendo by Saara Lamberg and is receiving a theatrical release in Byron Bay Pighouse Flicks in March. The cinema, run in Byron Bay, will kick off with a Q&A session with Saara Lamberg and the actor Andy Jans-Brown (Blue Heelers), who plays Lucky in Innuendo, on Friday.
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Njoh at Ninbella Gallery
Friday artist’s talk and Q&A at 5.30pm | show till 31 March
Njoh brings his fabulous new body of work to Ninbella this week. This arresting array of paintings, rich in colour and textured gloss, take us to the wonders of the natural world from the outback to seafaring and beyond. He says: ‘I began painting as a child, encouraged by my mother who was an artist, and so my crib was filled with crayons, pencils and whatever was at hand… this early encouragement and inspiration ignited my creativity which has never left me. For me, creativity is my life blood which dictates the way in which I approach life. I was sent to art school from the early age of 12, and I must say the live drawing classes were an everlasting experience! I admire the art of children, as their art is so pure and unadulterated.
‘My art is a reflection of both my imagination and emotion, influenced by feelings experienced by the environment in which I find myself. I don’t paint what I see, but what I feel.
‘My life’s journey has been extremely diverse, having spent time on multiple journeys into the Australian desert, New Mexico, high alpine regions of the world and the ocean. In summary, the extremes of nature. I lived on a farm for 25 years which provided me with insights into the changing seasons and landscape, which fuelled my love of nature. When I approach a blank canvas, I usually have a seed of a notion, but without exception the work evolves, allowing the mediums I work with to shape the image, which changes continually until such time I can stand back and allow a smile to expand. My work is largely humorous, often containing a subtle social message. Hopefully my work triggers an emotional reaction to the viewer, whatever that may be.”
Njoh’s On the Edge exhibition opens at Ninbella in Bangalow on Friday with an artist’s talk and Q&A at 5.30pm, and runs through to 31 March. www.ninbella.com
Lismore Young Songwriters Competition
Comp closes at midnight 25 March
Entrants in this year’s Lismore Young Songwriters Competition are in the running for more than $11,500 worth of prizes. The free songwriting competition is upping the ante this year to encourage young musicians and help them fire up their musical careers, according to organiser and Social Futures’ Manager of Child and Family Programs, Deb Hall.
The two top prizes are valued at almost $4,000 each and include professionally mastered track recordings courtesy of Rockinghorse Studios and SAE Byron Bay, double passes to Splendour in the Grass, and RØDE Microphone Professional Performers Kits. Five runners up also receive prizes including RØDE performance microphones and paid gigs at Crankfest. All finalists will have access to APRA AMCOS Songwriting Masterclasses throughout the year thanks to Southern Cross University.
This is open to young songwriters in the Northern Rivers and the comp closes at midnight on 25 March 2019.
For information on how to enter, go to socialfutures.org.au/youngsongwriters
Ballina Players ‘It Could Be Any One of Us’
Ballina Players | Friday 22nd March – Sunday 31st March
Have you ever struggled with writer’s block? Ever started 34 detective books without finishing one? That is the predicament that Jocelyn Polegate (Julieanne Basham) finds herself in, in Ballina Players’ latest production It Could Be Any One of Us.
In a remote country house lives the Chalke family, a family of unsuccessful artists. The family deals with the announcement from the eldest brother Mortimer (Carl Moore) that he intends to bequeath all the family property to his former piano student, Wendy (Mechelle Anderson).
When Wendy declares her intention of using the house and property as a breeding site for King Charles spaniels, tempers do not improve with the Chalke family, sister Jocelyn, brother Brinton (Peter Harding) and Jocelyn’s daughter Amy (Hillary Goodsell). So when a murder is committed at the height of a thunderstorm, no one is really surprised.
Enter Norris Honeywell (Mick Webb), a former insurance investigator, who makes Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes. Norris wants to emulate Martin Stonegate, the detective in Jocelyn’s unfinished novels, so when the murder falls in his lap, he grabs it with both hands. But all he manages to do by meddling is lead the family even further into trouble.
It Could Be Any One Of Us runs from Friday 22nd March through to Sunday 31st March.
Tickets at ballinaplayers.com.au/bookings (which will charge no booking fee) or at Just Funkin Music in 124 River St, Ballina. ($2 per ticket booking fee) in person or by phoning 02 6686 2440. Opening night special will include canapes and a free drink from 7.15pm.