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NORPA presents Dreamland

Dreamland by NORPA

Bangalow A&I Hall  |  Wed 15 – Sat 25 May  |  7.30pm  |  $25–49

Listen to the stories of one our favourite local halls when NORPA re-imagine their site-specific piece Dreamland at this iconic beauty. The cast spoke with The Echo about the show.

KATIA MOLINO

What character or characters do you play in Dreamland?

Esther – a veteran hall committee member and undercover reservist; Sue – a local chatterbox; Delilah – a naturist hippie vegetarian; Louise – a tree changer, mother, wife, jam and chutney maker who wishes her husband were a plumber.

What is the significance of your character/s?

Esther and Delilah are from the past; Sue and Louise are from the present.

Your favourite song with dream in it from the show?

Dream a Little Dream of Me by The Mamas and Papas.

What can audiences expect from their Dreamland experience?

An all-singing, all-dancing, hand-clapping, axe-wielding extravaganza with live music.

DARCY GRANT

What character or characters do you play in Dreamland?

Jason, a tree-changer, who can’t find work that he likes or is trained for.

What is the significance of your character/s?

Jason’s journey is one that questions belonging and contentment.

Your favourite song with dream in it from the show?

A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong.

What can audiences expect from their Dreamland experience?

History, humanity, and the value of partner dancing…

PHIL BLACKMAN

What character or characters do you play in Dreamland?

Neville; he’s one of the committee members and a farmer during his younger years,  now retired.

What is the significance of your character/s?

Neville challenges the younger bloke (Jason), the newcomer. He’s lived a life when things were a little more straightforward.

Your favourite song with dream in it from the show?

Dreamer by Supertramp.

What can audiences expect from their Dreamland experience?

A fast-moving piece of theatre that doesn’t let you rest but won’t wear you out.

KIRK PAGE

What character or characters do you play in Dreamland?

Jimmy – a showman of days gone by. A wedding singer. Entertainer. Swooner. Trickster. And I play one of the blokes in the soccer club.

What is the significance of your character/s?

The Showman – a reminder that not everyone was welcome in these old halls.

Your favourite song with dream in it from the show?

Dream Girl by Ir-Sais and Dreams by Gabriel.

What can audiences expect from their Dreamland experience?

To be entertained and to be reminded of the strength and power of live performance.

TONI SCANLON

What character or characters do you play in

A very stoic woman who has been farming cattle on a big property for the last 25 years since her husband died. She is a devoted committee member but she has a fatalistic side to her.

What is the significance of your character/s?

She is one of three members who are and have been ‘guardians of the hall’ since as far back as anyone can remember. She is part of a team devoted to keeping the stories of the hall alive.

Your favourite song with dream in it from the show?

The spooky version of Meet Me In Dreamland.

What can audiences expect from their Dreamland experience?

To be charmed. To feel connected. To feel sweeter than when they first walked in. To feel music in their bodies as they leave.

Dreamland by NORPA, Bangalow A&I Hall. Wed 15 – Sat 25 May 7.30pm,

Tickets $25–49.

Bookings: www.norpa.org.au or 1300 066 772


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1 COMMENT

  1. I saw Dreamland twice at Eureka. Dreamland is a Wonderland!
    A warm, inclusive and top class show. Beautifully written and acted.

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