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June 18, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 1 July, 2020

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Big donation and new poetry competition for BR4R

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Cartoon of the week – 16 June, 2021

We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of the online and print letters editors.

Some insights from Malcolm Turnbull

From the deceptive and underhanded conduct of our current Prime Minister ScMo, to the destructive impact of Tony Abbott and the far right of the Australian political and media scene, A Bigger Picture, by Malcolm Turnbull, provides an interesting insight into how he perceives the Australian political landscape.

Sketch Appeal

Classical, Contemporary, Theatrical!

Get in touch with your creative side as Sketch Appeal resumes their weekly Life Drawing sessions at Brunswick Heads Scout Hall. Thursday mornings from 9.30am–12pm, and Thursday evenings from 6–8.15pm. Either $20 for one, or $30 for both.

To register email [email protected] or call Kathy on 0401 181 959.

Always Austentayshus

Austen Tayshus

The Big Man of comedy is back. Social distancing has never been a problem at Tayshus’ gigs – no one ever wants to sit up the front! He’s a force of nature – his

comedic downloads are legendary – weaving politics and topical themes throughout his satirical discourse that drills down on Australian identity, race and religion. With Mandy Nolan at the helm, John Peacock as support – shows have limited tix owing to COVID regulations.

Friday 17 & Saturday 18 July, 8pm at the Byron Services Club. Tix $35 – mandynolan.com.au.

Sarah Grant, solo

Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel continues the good vibes with music every night. While there’s no dancing, you can still pull up a seat and enjoy the Bohemian Cowboys on Thursday at 7pm. Friday it’s Jock Barnes at 3pm, and Pink Zinc Trio at 8pm. Saturday sees the fabulous Sarah Grant solo at 1pm, Jon J Bradley at 4.30pm, and Cheese Rio at 8pm. Sunday welcomes Dan Clark at 1pm, Harry Nichols at 4.30pm and the Adam Brown Duo at 8pm. Monday kicks off a new week with Jack Eastwood at 7pm. Tuesday’s treat is Scott Day Vee at 7pm, and Jayme Galba performs on Wednesday at 7pm. It’s all peachy at The Beachy.

The Country Witches are back, stirring up dangerous dialogues with their first show since lockdown. It’s at the Byron Services Club on Saturday 11 July at 7.30pm.


Pre-lockdown things were looking bright for Àine Tyrrell and Mandy Nolan of the Country Witches Association, with shows booked in Sydney for Vivid Festival, a week long run at Melbourne’s iconic Butterfly Club, a season at the Gilded Balloon at Edinburgh Festival, followed by offers to perform at festivals in Ireland and Scotland. But Covid-19 changed all that.

In just one week the two performers, who had seen their CWA show hit a nerve across the globe, saw everything fall. While both felt crushed by the blow to their creative trajectory, they committed to keeping the spirit alive with regular Friday night online witching sessions.

For ten straight weeks the Country Witches performed and communed with their coven over Facebook, around fires, in loungerooms, in hair rollers, and finally, in the tub (cauldron)! With the ability to return to socially distanced ‘seated’ performances – the Country Witches are back on their brooms and preparing to sweep the place clean.

‘It feels like everything we were, and what we thought our future was, is gone’ says Mandy. ‘There’s an exciting feeling about what lies ahead. We laugh, we sing, we talk, but most of all, what we want to do is engage in a disruptive narrative, and right now it feels like things finally might be changing. Just got to keep up the pressure!’

Join the CWA – the unruly chapter of country witches at the Byron Services Club on Saturday 11 July. Show at 7.30pm. Tix are $35 and must be purchased online –

Bright Sparks Creative Kids Art programs at Ignite Studios

Creative Art Programs for Kids

After a three-month hiatus between delivering programs and switching to online learning, the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) is happy to announce the recommencement of the Bright Sparks Creative Kids Art programs at Ignite Studios.

The popular Art Station School Holiday Art program will be running in the second week of the upcoming school holidays from Wednesday 15 July–Thursday 16 July, delivering two exciting days of creative arts workshops. Learn how to paint with Narelle Bretherton, or delve into the world of mixed-media collage with Karma Barnes. Owing to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the normal holiday program has changed to one 3-hour art session, from 10am–1pm each day, with a maximum of ten participants allowed per session.

On Wednesday 29 July, in the second week of Term Three, the Bright Sparks After-School Art program will recommence, focusing on the art of nature with facilitator Cara MacLeod. Classes will be every Wednesday 4–5.30pm, starting 29 July–23 September.

All classes are held at Ignite Studios, located 60 Crane Street, Ballina. Book online via the Gallery website nrcgballina.com.au or phone 02 6681 0530.

Tune in at www.facebook.com/norpa.lismore. Thurs 2 July, 7pm, Fri 3 July, 7pm, Sunday 5 July, 5pm.

NORPA playwrights send postcards to Dear Australia

NORPA has contributed to Playwriting Australia’s groundbreaking project, Dear Australia, where 50 new short works from some of Australia’s best playwrights will be simultaneously live streamed, by more than 30 performing arts organisations from across Australia, Thursday–Saturday. 

Playwriting Australia (PWA), the national body for the development of Australian plays and playwrights, invited 25 Australian theatre organisations, including NORPA, to each nominate two playwrights. PWA then commissioned these 50 playwrights to write a short monologue. 50 extraordinary actors recorded these monologues; many in their own homes.

The 50 moving and sometimes provocative stories will be grouped over three nights and live streamed by the partner theatres, along with major performing arts centres, such as Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Canberra Theatre Centre and Darwin Entertainment Centre.

NORPA nominated playwrights Janis Balodis and Suzie Miller. Janis and Suzie’s monologues will be performed by actors Jacek Koman and Emma Jackson respectively.

Dear Australia panel discussion will be broadcast, from the Joan Sutherland Theatre, by the Sydney Opera House on Saturday at 7pm, as part of its Digital Season. 

Tune in at www.facebook.com/norpa.lismore. Thurs 2 July, 7pm, Fri 3 July, 7pm, Sunday 5 July, 5pm.

Dan Hannaford plays at Kingscliff Beach Hotel on Sunday.

Music in Kingy

Things are kicking off at Kingscliff Beach Hotel too – with the live line up starting to push ahead. Friday sees the virtuoso genius of Jon J Bradley at 7pm, the cool charm of Jamie Ashforth on Saturday at 7pm, and on Sunday the salty folk licks of Dan Hannaford at 3pm.

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