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Culture in the Byron Shire and Beyond for the Week Beginning October 10, 2019

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Fleabag presented by National Theatre Live                       

Byron Theatre, Community Centre  |  Saturday at 1pm / Tuesday 6.30pm

See the hilarious, award-winning, one-woman show that inspired the BBC’s hit TV series Fleabag, recorded live for the big screen from London’s West End.

Written and performed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Killing Eve) and directed by Vicky Jones, Fleabag is a rip-roaring look at some-sort-of-woman living her sort-of life.

Fleabag may seem oversexed, emotionally unfiltered and self-obsessed, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. With family and friendships under strain and a guinea pig café struggling to keep afloat, Fleabag suddenly finds herself with nothing to lose.

Playing to sold-out audiences in New York and London, don’t miss your chance to see this ‘legitimately hilarious show’ (New Yorker), filmed live.

At the Byron Theatre, at the Community Centre on Saturday 12 October at 1pm and Tuesday 15 October at 6.30pm. Tix at byroncentre.com.au

Hell is Light an award-winning film and Q&A with Andy Jans-Brown

Hell is Light and Q&A with Andy Jans-Brown

Pighouse Flicks, Byron Brewery  |  Thursday 17 October  |  7pm  |  $15/30

Hell is Light, the hard-hitting, award-winning film made in Byron by Andy Jans-Brown will be screening at Pighouse Flicks, Skinners Shoot Rd, Byron Bay on Thursday 17 October at 7pm.

For those wishing to take in the full experience, the evening will kick off at 6pm for dinner and live music by Andy Jans-Brown, in the restaurant of The Brewery beforehand.

Of the film, Andy says ‘It’s essentially an arthouse black-comedy that off-sets the natural beauty of our local “Eden” against the shadowy side of escapism and drugs (ice, pot and LSD), and petty – at times clown-like – criminality. I like to call it “psychedelic soap opera”, ‘coz it has an experimental film aspect, in the vein of Pink Floyd’s The Wall and because one of the young audience members at the first public-screening said, “I love it, it’s like Home and Away on acid’’. ’

Danny Salfield of Bay FM’s The SandPit will be running a discussion and Q&A afterwards. There will be give-aways on the evening and all proceeds will go to The Buttery.

Tickets for the screening are $15. Tickets for dinner, live music and the screening are $30. Tix on oztix.com.au

Check out some art and second-hand goods at Clem’s Cargo in Brunswick Heads

Sara Campbell Art Exhibition Opening

Clem’s Cargo Brunswick Heads  | Friday  |  6pm  |  Free

Local artist Sara Campbell unveils her latest body of work at Clem’s Cargo in Brunswick Heads this week, with everyone invited to the opening on Friday at 6pm. Come and check out some fabulous artwork in the incredible surrounds of some of the area’s best curios and collectables.

Friday 6pm, Free.

Mini British Film Festival

The Palace Cinema, Byron Bay  |  30 October–13 November

The Palace Cinema will be hosting a Mini British Film Festival October 30–13 November. One of the gems on the program is Official Secrets, screening Thursday October 31 at 6.20pm. Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood presents a superb true-life political thriller about an accused British whistle-blower who leaked information about the Iraqi invasion. The film sports a stellar cast lead by Kiera Knightly. It has garnered many international awards and The Guardian raved ‘Official Secrets is a well-intentioned retelling of a daunting act of courage’. Find out more here.

Bangalow Theatre Company’s musical comedy Calamity Jane

Bangalow Theatre Company present: Calamity Jane

Bangalow A&I Hall  |  October 17-26

Comedy is a powerful weapon that fires right to the heart of complex issues, and Bangalow Theatre Company’s latest musical comedy Calamity Jane will do just that with all-guns-blazing this October at the Bangalow A&I Hall.

According to the show’s award-winning director Kate Foster, this family-friendly musical cleverly handles the big contemporary themes around identity, gender, sexuality, and the masks we all wear, without banging anybody over the head.

‘Calamity fans won’t be disappointed, they’re going to laugh out loud, and they’ll love the larger-than-life quality of this musical, but these characters are complex, and their deep vulnerabilities will tug at your heart too.

‘For anyone who isn’t into musicals, this one’s for you, and for anyone who wishes life was a musical, Calamity Jane has it in spades,’ Kate said.

Calamity Jane is showing at the Bangalow A&I Hall from October 17-26, starring Joanne Connor as the tough-talking Calamity Jane, and a cast of twenty motley cowboys and cross dressers, including Mick Webb as Wild Bill Hickock, and Brian Pamphilon as the hilarious Francis Fryer.

Go to www.bangalowtheatre.com.au for tickets, dinner-and-show packages, and full session details. Enquiries 0420 986 570

Byron Latin Fiesta. It’s time to dance

Byron Latin Fiesta

October 31 – November 3

Latin dance parties, live bands, dance workshops and more will be once again hitting Byron Bay for the Byron Latin Fiesta from October 31 – November 3.

The Byron Latin Fiesta is Australia’s longest running Latin dance festival held in the heart of Byron and there is no shortage of fun and excitement for everyone.

The 2019 festival features International Artists Kim & Geo (Canada) teaching and performing Dominican Bachata and Mambo plus Chris Py (France) and Sara for Kizomba along with a huge line-up of Australia’s finest talent.

Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced dancers plus friends and spectators, to come and learn to dance and enjoy the rhythms of the Salsa, Samba, Bachata, Kizomba, Zouk, Reggaeton and other popular Latin styles.

This is a popular event so we recommend buying your tickets in advance. Tickets available online or at the event until sold out: byronlatinfiesta.com.au/tickets.

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