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September 21, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 4 August, 2021

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10pm Monday – update of COVID venues of concern

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Retro-pop and epic rock classics with Jon J

Retro-pop and Epic Rock Classic

Popular Byron Bay entertainer, Jon J Bradley can deliver anything, from middle-of-the-road easy listening to live energetic party music in the form of retro-pop and epic rock classics.

Jon’s earthy acoustic renditions exhibit strong, versatile vocals with warm harmonica and rhythmic guitar. His spontaneity sets him aside as Jon often likes to encourage audience participation in his shows. His solo act has him playing pubs, clubs, parties and functions of all descriptions. Jon is located in Byron Bay and playing regular gigs all over the far north coast of NSW and southern Gold Coast.

You can see Jon J Bradley at The Rails on Thursday.


A new conception of Inception: Three Lords at the Byron Theatre

Inception + A/V Show 

Three Lords are back with another spectacular A/V show to celebrate Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece:  Inception, in which a thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.

Three Lords have collaborated with local artists for this mind-bending A/V show. Guided by an immense appreciation for Christopher Nolan’s groundbreaking vision and storytelling, Three Lords ‘couldn’t resist’ bringing this sci-fi thriller adventure film back to the big screen, as well as creating a unique audio visual installation for your senses to experience.

August 14, 2021, 7.30pm. Byron Theatre https://byroncentre.com.au

Full $35 | Group of 4+ $30 | Student/Concession $25


SAE open day

SAE Open Day

If you’re considering a career in the creative media industry including animation, audio, design, film, games, web and mobile and virtual reality, then the SAE Open Day is your best bet this Sunday.

At the Open Day, you will discover how SAE structure their fast-track courses ensuring you graduate sooner; how their small class sizes and collaborative workspaces encourage creative ideas and development – with no exams!

Discover how SAE’s unique work placement program provides Bachelor students the opportunity to hone their skills in the real-world; and how theirexperienced lecturers will help guide your development through practical learning using industry-standard equipment and remote learning options.

Visit the SAE campus or the virtual event this Sunday – resister at sae.edu.au/open-day.


Jason Delphin’s quest for music at The Rails

Delphin Quest

Jason Delphin believes people will never be deprived of their right to listen to music. ‘Music will always be a part of everyone’s psychology. It links in ways that science will never understand and ways that the “powers that be” will never be able to regulate. It’s our only freedom; taking it away would mean dismantling the enchantment that makes us unique, as well as robbing us of what little happiness we have in these difficult times. I will continue my quest for the people indefinitely!’

Join Delphin on his quest. Monday at the Rails.


Tweed Theatre delivering nostalgia is spades

A Little Nostalgia on the Tweed

Hot on the heels of the Tweed Theatre Company’s highly successful comedy, A Red Plaid Shirt, comes The Fabulous ‘40s and ‘50s – an evening for the entire family, packed with thirty-nine tunes to sing and dance to.

The production is seen through the eyes of an elderly couple ‘watching’ the show on television, providing comic relief as they follow twenty years of some of the best melodies ever written. 

The team responsible is largely the same as the one which brought A Brown Slouch Hat to life two years ago. Written by Tweed Theatre’s president, Doug Williams, The Fabulous ‘40s and ‘50s features musical direction by Julie Burnett and choreography by Cherie Goosey. The only difference this time around is that Gary Johns will be directing, assisted by Doug and the energy of fifteen talented performers committed to providing patrons with one of the most enjoyable nights out they’ve had in a long, long time.

For many months COVID-19 has been a blight on the entire entertainment industry and if patronage at TTC’s Plaid Shirt is anything to go by, members of the public are definitely ready to come back to live theatre. To that end, you can rest assured that TTC is committed to providing a COVID Safe environment, strictly observing all public health regulations.

Group bookings are encouraged, with excellent discounts for large parties available. Check out the web site at www.tweedtheatre.com.au or email [email protected] for details. You won’t be disappointed.


Women’s Theatre Project send cash S.H.I.F.T.’s way

Til Our Dying Day

The Women’s Theatre Project explores the archetypes of Mother, Lover, Priestess, Warrior, Crone and Seeker in their new production ’Til Our Dying Day ; looking at how these characters appear in our own lives and psyche makes for rich material. 

The play was devised and written by the group using process work, improvisation and creative writing and is directed by Philippa Williams.

Williams has been running ten-week long ‘Empowering Women Through Theatre’ courses since 2015, firstly through the Byron Community Centre and more recently in Brunswick Heads through the Theatre of Life. The course started out being for women with a lived experience of domestic violence and abuse, but soon became open to all women who wanted to dive deep, find solidarity, and have fun at the same time.

Williams does alternating terms of play/ process/ improv work and production/ performance work, which formed the basis of the Women’s Theatre Project.

She says that creating something artistic together is an amazing thing to do and gives a strong sense of community. ‘When we devise a piece we use our own stories so it becomes an intimate process that is also full of play as we uncover and explore the different threads and themes of our lives. The group is new each time, although some women continue weekly for several years, and includes women with theatre training and women who have never done any theatre at all.’

’Til Our Dying Day  is the story is of a young woman in crisis searching for meaning in life and asking the age old question ‘Who am I?’ And wondering which of her internal archetype characters should she follow? And what to do about ‘The System’? 

She goes on a journey with a group of friends as they find their way towards acceptance, gratitude, surrender and freedom. The performance includes poetic text, original choreography, a fabulous soundtrack, and lots of singing.

Williams says the course has always run during the school term for three hours on a Friday morning, although the group have been working on this current production for 15 weeks. ‘I have been working with the theme of Feminine Archetypes on and off for many years as they provide rich dynamic material to explore, both within our own psyche and also as fantastic characters with extraordinary multicultural stories that span the ages. I offer ways to bring these characters to light within ourselves through movement, creative writing, improvisation and biographical work. We see how they interact with each other – sometimes jostling for position – and how they can both hold us back and empower us.’

Williams says this has been a tricky year. ‘The upheavals of life in various forms have meant that this project has lost some women along the way over the last weeks. One of these was the woman playing The Great Mother, the archetype who inspired the title of the play. In exploring the multidimensional aspects of Mother we named the very long list of fauna of Australia that have become extinct since European settlement. This list includes such wonderful creatures as the paradise parrot, the sharp-snouted torrent frog, the Victorian grassland earless dragon and the desert rat-kangaroo. The overwhelm that is present in many of us in regard to the state of our beautiful planet can feel disempowering but we can make a difference – ’Til our dying day.’ 

Any profits from this production will be donated to The SHIFT Project in Byron Bay that supports women moving from homelessness to independence. Find out more at www.shiftproject.org.au.

‘We hope the audience will be warmed and uplifted by our colourful show in these challenging times,’ says Williams. ‘And just so we’re clear, men are also warmly invited!’

There are three performances of ’Til Our Dying Day on August 7 and 8 at The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby. Tickets from https://fb.me/e/LyCjVkc0

The theatre will be at half capacity. Masks will need to be worn unless exempt. Everyone will need to sign in. 


Isabella Rossellini leads us through Pompeii

CINEMA

Pompeii: Sin City – Art On Screen presented by Byron Theatre

A cinematic journey through one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Discover the secrets, the stories, and the masterpieces between eros and myth.

Pompeii is a unique, enchanting place in the world, drawing over four million visitors a year from all over the globe. It was a city enlivened by violent passions and endowed with a flair that was in a class of its own. The power games, sexual appetites, unrestrained ambition and creative genius could be felt in the streets, breathed in the temples and admired in the frescoes that survived the tragic eruption of 79 AD.

Pompeii: Sin City is a journey back in time, to two thousand years ago, laying bare the myths and characters that helped make this site extraordinary, and rendered it timeless. From the love story between Dionysus and Ariadne, the ambiguous relationship between Leda and the Swan, the bloodlust satisfied by the gladiator fights, to Poppea Sabina’s desperate search for immortality, this documentary film stages and analyses the secret, rather insalubrious side of the city.

Leading us through its cobbled streets is the extraordinary narrator: Isabella Rossellini, directed by Pappi Corsicato with visionary talent. Her presence and voice accompany us on a journey, showing how the myths and works uncovered there have enchanted and influenced artists worldwide, including the likes of Pablo Picasso, Giorgio De Chirico and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Pompeii: Sin City performs a delicate balancing act across the thin invisible tightrope that separates legend from reality, crossing the centuries to inspire the contemporary world.

August 11, 2021, 3pm.

Byron Theatre https://byroncentre.com.au

Full $24 | Concession $22 | Student under 18 $18


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