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April 21, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 31 March, 2021

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Limpinwood Ensemble play Tyalgum Hall on Sunday 11 April.

Limpinwood Ensemble

The Limpinwood Ensemble is the new ensemble in residence at the Tyalgum Festival celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (3–5 Sep). They will be performing at Tyalgum Hall on Sunday 11 April as a warm-up act to the festival. Come check out the uplifting program of ‘Harmoniemusic’ – with pieces written for wind ensemble as entertainment while the nobility dined. Join for music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Dvorak.

Tickets at www.trybooking.com/BOMBH


Byron Supper Club is so super

Leading Ladies

Following a sensational sell-out debut season in January 2021, Byron Supper Club returns to the Byron Theatre to seduce audiences with a brand-new show – Leading Ladies.

Hosted by legendary performer and Byron Supper Club’s artistic director Michael Cormick, the evening features some of the country’s foremost female musical theatre stars: Silvie Paladino (Les Miserables, Hair, Mamma Mia), Rachael Beck (Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Cabaret), Deone Zanotto (West Side Story, Dirty Dancing, Footloose), and Angelique Cassimatis (The Rocky Horror Show, A Chorus Line, Priscilla Queen of the Desert). With choreography by Kelley Abbey, Leading Ladies showcases these headline divas as definitive ‘triple threats’.

Leading Ladies is the ultimate immersive cabaret experience, with spectacular theatrical performances, gourmet supper platters, and drinks service at tables of two, four, six, and eight.

Tickets $165pp (limited balcony seats with no meals are available for $85). 7pm 5–8 May 5pm and May 9 (Mothers Day). Byron Theatre Community Centre.

Tix on www.byronsupperclub.com


Cheeky Cabaret – 4 great shows at the Brunswick Picture House from Wed 31 March till Saturday 3 April

Brunswick Picture House – Turning 5 and still ALIVE!

The Brunswick Picture House crew are celebrating five years in operation this Easter, and not without some duress! But they’re coming back from the global pandemic fighting fit!

Cheeky Cabaret is back with four big nights, smashing together circus, vaudeville, comedy, new burlesque, and everything in between. With a brand-new cast month after month featuring some of the most incredible international artists from around the world … and next door!

Sexy and dangerous, with tongue placed firmly in cheek, this is one party you will not want to miss! This genre-bending cabaret is cheeky, clever, and damn sexy, celebrating the weird, the wonderful, and the wildly entertaining, leaving audiences gasping for more!

Four shows – Wednesday 31 March till Saturday 3 April, 7pm

Tix on brunswickpicturehouse.com


It’s wierdy beardy

Bearded Bingo!

Want to see a new take on beloved classic bingo?

The tits may be fake but the titillation is real in this fabulous new take on a beloved ball-based classic! Satisfy your thinly veiled gambling addiction with this high-key low-stakes bingo spectacular hosted by Australia’s cheekiest cabaret mischief makers — Briefs Factory International!

These COVID-conscious queens have somehow assembled an action-packed extravaganza that’s a cross between your nan’s bingo hall, a drag do at your local gay bar, and a circus night under the biggest top in town. Illustrious drag queen host Shivannah thrills with countless costume changes and numerical-based puns sure to bring a smile to your intensely focused dial. Bingo bouts are intermissioned by her entourage of spritely spruikers including hula hoop extraordinaire ‘Captain Kidd’.

Grab your buddies, down a few chardies, and have your bingo blotter at the ready to score a coveted knick-knack from the impressively miscellaneous prize table. Outside in the garden, we’ll fire up the barbie and have your favourite grilled item for purchase, manned by one of the friendly Picture House team. It’s a day of kind-hearted, PG-ish entertainment guaranteed to leave you feeling light in your loafers.

Sunday at 1pm. Tix and team registration at brunswickpicturehouse.com


For a brief moment you can be bedazzled

Club Briefs

The exclusively inclusive, multi-award-winning, glitter bombing, internationally loved collective bring their club night to Bruns!

Cult cabaret hooligans and mischief-makers Briefs present a wild romp of disco dancing, circus, variety, and burlesque featuring a hand-picked selection of guests from across the world of queer cabaret. Expect a pumping soundtrack with your favourite dancefloor smashes and ridiculous performances from the Briefs boys plus a cavalcade of hand-selected guest cabaret and circus artists.

Experience the club night that spawned the international touring sensation. Briefs, paying homage to the traditions of circus, the extremities of physical theatre, the artistry of drag, the guts of burlesque, the imagery of theatre, the debauchery of speakeasies, and the showmanship of cabaret. The company uses the circus and variety format as a vehicle for engaging audiences, challenging stereotypes, and exploring notions of gender, sexual orientation, race, and politics.

Sunday at 7pm. Tix on brunswickpicturehouse.com


Byron Youth Theatre at the Brunswick Picture House

How On Earth?

How on Earth do we navigate our rapidly changing world? What are the solutions to the multitude of issues we are now facing? Will enough of us rise up to the challenges and provide the leadership we seek for the future?

Byron Youth Theatre’s original production How on Earth (Part 2) funded by NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Country Arts Support Program Regional Arts NSW and Northern Rivers Community Foundation, and supported by the Brunswick Picture House and The Joyality Project, is back after selling out last year!

This original, dynamic play takes the audience on an intriguing journey exploring those hard-to-face questions! Set in a possible, not-too-distant future, an inspired young person and her friends seek to learn new ways of being from a parallel world to help save themselves and their home planet, but will it work? Featuring a mesmerising music score, stunning projection compilation, and awesome set design by local artists!

Final community performance. Easter Monday, 7pm. brunswickpicturehouse.com


Funny Kids – a standup comedy training for kids that will have kids performing at the Byron Comedy Festival.

Funny Kids

Hey, you got a funny kid? Standup comedy is a brilliant way for kids to learn critical thinking. The basic fundamentals of comedy are about engaging with the world and asking questions – why do we do this? What do adults mean when they say this? It’s the way kids process hypocrisy and confusion as they navigate a world where the rules weren’t made by them. What would a kid-designed world look like? What rules would they make for us, the adults? What annoys them about us? As their teacher and comedy mentor Mandy Nolan allows your kid a voice to express and explore all this and more. With a Sunday workshop, a writing session, a rehearsal and a final performance at the Byron Comedy Festival.

Workshop is 2 May at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby, 9am–12pm. Ages are 10–14. Cost is $130. [email protected]


Stu Eadie heads up the Uke Night at the Mullumbimby Ex-services on Wednesday 14 April

When UKE lets it B

The next Uke Night at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services is happening on Wednesday 14 April at 7pm.

The theme is ‘B’. It’s about artists whose name begins with the letter B! Beatles, Barry Gibb, Barry Manilow, Barry White! Wow! All the Barrys! $20 entry!


Dr Freudelstien will see you shortly … at the Drill Hall in Mullumbimby 9, 10, 11 April

The Cabaret Doctor

Dr Freudelstien will see you shortly … is the hilarious new cabaret featuring a stellar cast of the finest Northern Rivers theatre and cabaret performers at three venues across the region.

Alan Raabe was inspired to create Dr Freudelstien will see you shortly … after a holiday visit to a sensational cabaret in Berlin that demonstrated how talented local artists could produce a truly exceptional show.

Dr Freudelstien will see you shortly … tells the story of Miss Claudia Smith, who arrives 10 minutes early to visit her nanna, a long-term resident of the Riverview Asylum. Forced to wait in the canteen, she meets the residents and staff of the asylum – the magician who desperately wants to appear on Penn & Teller’s Fool Us; the opera singer lost in her memories of glorious times past; the burlesque dancer still hoping to meet her sugar daddy. And of course, the good Doctor entrusted with their care. This motley group of isolated souls, each searching for acceptance in their own ways, pose the question – are their dreams and aspirations really any different from our own?

Brought to sparkling life by the cream of the Northern Rivers with seventeen actors, singers, cabaret performers, staff, and crew including Veronica Lovejoy, Carl Moore, Chris Kitchener, Carl Taylor, Junia Wulf, Krystle Manshanden, John McPherson, Lisa Walmsley, Elena Khaw, Sarah-Jane Loxton, Martina Schlink, Emily Finch, Andrew Neave, and Geoff Harrison.

Mullumbimby – Drill Hall Theatre, April 9, 10, at 8pm and April 11 at 3pm.

Tix www.trybooking.com/BNGSB


Dancing in the shadow of Mowtown

Dancing in the Shadows of Motown

Dancing in the Shadows of Motown features a 10-piece powerhouse band with internationally renowned singers and musicians who faithfully recreate the dynamic live performances of The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Martha and The Vandellas, The Four Tops, Fontella Bass, The Jackson Five, Junior Walker, and many more Motown legends.

This amazing show presents classic hits including: Reach Out, Stop In the Name of Love, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Heatwave, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Dancing in the Streets, Uptight, Signed Sealed Delivered, You Keep Me Hanging On, What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Standing on Shaky Ground, My Girl, and many more magical Motown classics.

Friday 30 April at the Byron Theatre. Tickets on byroncentre.com.au


Do you have a thirst?

Thirst

Thirst is a two-act theatre performance original work with acoustic music – guitar, banjo, piano, stomp box, blues harp, and vocals as well as a bag full of stories and projections created by Debbie Bishop.

Thirst tells the true story of a man named Stan Adams. Stan was an officer in the Australian Merchant Navy in the 1950s and ’60s. He had a good life, great job, a lovely wife and two great kids in Sydney.

Stan walked away from everything he had to live rough on the streets. To drink rum and cough mixture with two of his navy mates, eating and surviving from garbage bins and the goodwill of those he met.

Set in the early 1980s, Thirst is both comic and tragic. Stan came and stayed with us for a weekend respite at ‘The Manor’, a broken-down old share house in Epping. Six young housemates became besotted with Stan’s character, charm and whimsical nature. Unlikely friendships were forged between the six young lads and this Drunken Sailor. The impact would last a lifetime.

Written and performed by one of the six housemates, Deebee Bishop, Thirst tells the story of what happened to them all.

Thirst is at the Drill Hall on Saturday 17 April at 6pm and Sunday 18 April at 3pm.Tickets $20 – drillhalltheatre.org.au


Dawn to Dusk

Dusk to Dawn

Dusk to Dawn tells the story of Penelope McManus journey over the past two years. From the home she left after experiencing the devastating bushfires close to Nattai National Park in the Southern Highlands of NSW on Gundungurra Land to her arrival in the Northern Rivers and becoming connected to the beauty of Bundjalung country. ‘I paint to find meaning and connection to the land,’ says Penny. ‘Painting grounds me’.

Penelope McManus exhibiton opens on Friday 2 April, at 5pm, at Gallery 3 at The Kollective – 3/1 Kendall Street Byron.


One day we will all dance again

CURIOUS – Cosmic Osmosis

The crew who bring you CURIOUS dance parties at Billinudgel are taking the party to Currumbin Soundlounge. Expect a melting pot of electronic stew, global grooves, dubby disco, and heart-opening house. A Saturday evening service – curated for dancers and conscious party people to unite, connect with community, and celebrate together consciously. At the Currumbin RSL’s Soundlounge on Saturday 17 April. cunningstunts.com.au/subscribe


Nobody

Nobody

Sometimes the man you don’t notice is the most dangerous of all.

Emmy winner Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, The Post, Nebraska) stars as Hutch Mansell, an underestimated and overlooked dad and husband, taking life’s indignities on the chin and never pushing back. A nobody.

When two thieves break into his suburban home one night, Hutch declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. His teenage son, Blake (Gage Munroe, The Shack), is disappointed in him and his wife, Becca (Connie Nielsen, Wonder Woman), seems to pull only farther away.

The aftermath of the incident strikes a match to Hutch’s long-simmering rage, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills. In a barrage of fists, gunfire, and squealing tyres, Hutch must save his family from a dangerous adversary (famed Russian actor Aleksey Serebryakov, Amazon’s McMafia) – and ensure that he will never be underestimated as a nobody again.

Nobody is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ilya Naishuller Hardcore Henry from a script by Derek Kolstad, the narrative architect of the John Wick franchise, and co-stars legendary Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd as Hutch’s father and multi-hyphenate musician actor RZA as Hutch’s brother, whose own hidden talents aid Hutch in his quest for vengeance. Nobody starts Thursday at the Palace in Byron and Ballina Fair Cinema.


The Courier

The Courier

The Courier is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director Dominic Cooke (On Chesil Beach) transforms the seemingly ordinary into restrained scenes of tension, with terrific performances from the whole cast, elevating the story at every twist and turn. The Courier starts Thursday at the Palace in Byron.


A cat, a mouse and some humans

Tom and Jerry The Movie

Jerry, a small mouse, lives within the walls of a large, New England country home where he’s befriended the longtime owners, a loving elderly couple. Their unique, comedic friendship comes to an end after the elderly couple passes on and their house is put up for sale. When a young family moves in, Jerry’s determined to scare them away from taking over his home. The family quickly adopts a stray cat, later named Tom, to help rid them of their pest problem. In an epic battle for the house, Tom & Jerry soon discover their growing adoration for the family and must work together to protect them from an outside threat. Through their teamwork, they both learn the ultimate value of family and friendship. Starts Thursday at Ballina Fair Cinemas.


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