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Richmond candidates strut their stuff

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Knitting Nannas say ‘Vote 1 our Planet!’

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Stephen Williams helping the Brunswick Picture House get cheeky.

Welcome back to the Brunswick Picture House

Brett and Chris from the Brunswick Picture House, and their entire team, believe that there is nothing better for the soul than to laugh and celebrate and they can’t wait to welcome you back.

Over these last six years they have been proud to offer the community a place to gather and do just that at the much loved Brunswick Picture House.

The team has been working hard to give the old girl a facelift, while at the same time retaining the charm and character that makes the House unique – but this time around they have added a few new creature comforts. The crew are determined to continue delivering world class entertainment during these challenging times, and are grateful for the community’s support.

They cannot wait to welcome you back, or have you visit us for the first time to enjoy their jam-packed Mother of All Summers program.

The Brunswick Picture House is ready to roll with the biggest summer program yet, which includes the best comedians around, including: Wil Anderson, Judith Lucy, Denise Scott, Dave Thornton, Nikki Britton, Geraldine Hickey, Zoe Coombs, Akmal and Lloyd Langford – this stellar bunch of funny folk are all ready to remind us how good it feels to laugh.

The Picture House is excited to get many wonderful performers back to work as they present their Grand Opening Season of Cheeky Cabaret.

Back after six sold out seasons – nights out don’t get much better than this!

Brett and Chris want to assure patrons that their priority is the safety of all their friends, artists, guests, and community. Being COVID Safe is a shared responsibility.

They say we all have many reasons to celebrate, come together and stay safe – the spruced up Picture House being just one of them. They continue to operate under the NSW government mandates and are monitoring changes as they happen.

See the Brunswick Picture House website for details of their Mother of All Summers programs: brunswickpicturehouse.com.


All the way from ‘The Voice’ to here.

From The Voice Australia to Ballina RSL

If you watched The Voice Australia last year you have heard Mick Harrington sing – because he made the cut every week.

With a childhood growing up in the remote bushland of East Gippsland, Victoria, Mick Harrington played guitar and sang in the countryside from a very young age. Mick’s heartfelt lyrics and melodic voice are influenced heavily by artists such as Neil Finn, Nick Cave and Bob Seger and his honesty on stage is refreshing in an increasingly plastic world. 

Mick, who has his own lawnmowing business and works as a part-time boxer to support his family, was a very unlikely candidate for a national TV show, but he committed himself to the Channel 7 show The Voice Australia and resonated with judges and audiences so much that he made it to the grand final.

Fresh from his performances at that event in September last year, Mick has created a stage show that is a journey through the songs that mean the most to him, as well as a taste of his new original music.

Tuesday, 25 January.
Doors: 1.30pm, show: 2pm. All ages event.
Tickets $20 adults, $10 kids & $50 family ticket (2A + 2K saves $10).
ballinarsl.com.au/event/michael-harrington/


Tim is stoked for you to join him at The Rails

A pocket full of songs

Tim Stokes is a big-hearted man with a pocket full of songs, reminding us of who we are and what really matters. He is a combination of the swoon of Elvis and the party starter vibe of Paul Kelly. Tim Stokes is an artist who’s able to open your heart, expand your mind and get your body grooving with songs that branch the bridges between ages, generations and walks of life. He shares songs sewn with hope, love and light, reminding us that the cracks are there for the light to shine in. 

Stokes live is an experience entered into, a smooth, honest and comforting voice complemented with songs on acoustic guitar, which oscillate from upbeat celebrations to deep oceanic ballads. His songs can be poetic images from Tim’s own journey, some songs are journeys in themselves, and some of it is just plain fun.

Friday at The Rails from 7pm. 


The soulful tones of Kailey Pallas

The soulful, bluesy tones of Kailey Pallas

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist based in Coffs Harbour, Kailey Pallas has a sound that is a blend of soulful, bluesy tones with the ability, range and experience to go between a mix of genres, from pop, jazz, country, musical theatre, rock, soul and blues.

Since she was just six-years-old, Kailey has been performing to crowds of thousands and has been asked to share the stage with artists such as Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite, Dragon, Shannon Noll, Wendy Mathews, Mental As Anything, The Radiators, Russell Morris, Glenn Sharrock, Sir John Rowles, Dehn Ray, Sneaky Sound System, The Pot Belly’s, Diesel, Brooke McClymont, Adam Eckersley, Carter Edwards and more. 

By age 18, Kailey’s work ethic was nothing short of outstanding – having completed up to Grade Six in singing qualifications through The Australian Music Examination Board, along with completing a Diploma in Music Industry with a Major in Musical Performance and a Cert IV in Sound Production. Over the past few years Kailey has gained experience in TV performance, live radio performance, acting, modelling, theatre and more. Kailey has also recently released two singles; ‘Out of Tune’, which has reached 40K views on social media; and ‘What You Want’ for which both views and streams are growing on a daily basis – she’s definitely worth a listen!

Ballina RSL Boardwalk, 22 January from 6pm.


With Heads or Tails everyone is a winner at the Brunswick Picture House.

Heads or Tails – you win!

The Brunswick Picture House team are incredibly proud to be supporting home grown talent with the world premiere of the all new circus comedy smash hit, Heads or Tails – a cheeky twist on family game shows. This new show is created by dream team Joel Salom (Circus Oz) and Malia Walsh (Children are Stinky).  

Heads or Tails is a kids vs grown-ups game show where smarts, sass or agility could win you amazing prizes. Salom says the idea of a game show comes from his distant past. He has always dreamed of being a game show host – even when he was a little guy (you can sort of almost picture a little Joely practicing this).

‘Malia and I have both had more time on our hands lately with international touring being off the table – it was time to make some dreams come true. It’s really exciting to launch Heads or Tails at the Picture House.

Salom and Walsh started working together after meeting a few years ago at a circus festival when they performed together for the festival gala. ‘It was instant fantastic creative fireworks, so it’s great to finally get to work together.’

Salom says the Picture House refurb is like a dream come true. ‘Everything is wonderful. The new seats are comfortable, the stage is phenomenal, and the air con is unbelievable.’

‘The renovation has made such a difference, but the Picture House has not lost any of its unique charm. Everything is so well done, even down to the posh taps in the bathrooms!’.

Salom says Heads or Tails is so much fun to watch and even more fun to perform. ‘The whole rehearsal process has been non-stop laughter and that has just carried through to the stage. Because we ask the audience questions we always get the funniest answers too. Kids are so random and fun!’.

Though Heads or Tails is based on a game show model it’s not all about hard questions. ‘We spent a long time working on questions and games where everyone feels like a winner,’ says Salom. ‘It’s created in such a way that it’s super fun to compete or just watch, with kids and adults getting up on stage to perform random skills or answer funny questions. There is really something for everyone.’

The pair feel that in some ways they have been preparing for this their whole careers. ‘Once we got together to rehearse we actually made enough material for two shows! It was so much fun to create the games, graphics and jokes. We both have way too much energy, so we have made a ridiculously fabulous set with flashing lights and all the bells and whistles’.

Heads or Tails is on every Sunday at 4pm until 6 February at the Brunswick Picture House.


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