Described by the New York Times as ‘thrilling and engaging – universal, profound… and uplifting’ Joan Didion’s celebrated memoir The Year of Magical Thinking is brought to life by Green Room Award-winning actor Jillian Murray in a critically-acclaimed solo performance that reunites her with director Laurence Strangio.
The details will be different, but it will happen to you.
This highly personal account of loss through the lens of hope unpacks a surreal and overwhelming time in Didion’s life as she faces the sudden loss of her husband John, and later her daughter Quintana.
Deeply moving, sometimes funny, and ultimately joyful, this is one woman’s story of the journey to find acceptance, and the lessons learnt in letting go. ‘Joan writes of these experiences in a way most of us cannot,’ says Murray. ‘The generosity with which her writing is imbued comes from the honesty of her revelations, which she often shares with dry and unexpected humour.’
For director Strangio, capturing Didion’s ‘scrupulous honesty in dissecting her experience’ is the essential element for a successful production. ‘In staging the piece, my intention has always been to be as honest as the text,’ he says.
After a critically-acclaimed sell-out premiere season at Melbourne’s FortyFiveDownstairs this is a production that is a must-see for fans of great drama. There will be a Q&A with Jillian Murray following the performance.
The Year of Magical Thinking is presented by Byron Theatre and Critical Stages Touring by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc. and Concord Theatricals Company. This production was developed for the stage by FortyFiveDownstairs. Byron Writers Festival are proudly supporting this powerful theatre event and we are therefore pleased to offer BWF members a special discounted ticket price.
‘This is yet another fine – and, if you like, “magical” – performance from Jillian Murray, aided and guided by Mr Strangio, who here shows that he knows very well that less is more.’ – Stage Whispers.
‘A one person show par excellence’ – The Blurb.
One night only at Byron Theatre. Tuesday 28 June at 7pm. Use your Discover NSW Vouchers before they expire on 30 June! Book now at byroncentre.com.au.
Tourist radio is not dead yet
Brothers Matt and John White have a vision for radio in regional cities that mixes great music with local information that is relevant to both locals and visitors. They call it Local Sounds Lismore. ‘We want to bring together a local feel with professional-sounding radio, playing the music people love to local residents and tourists alike,’ says John.
John and Matt started their radio careers at community station YYY in Brisbane’s north in the early ’90s. ‘We love radio and live music and want to transform the old 88FM tourist radio service into the modern age, giving tourists a compelling reason to visit Lismore and the Northern Rivers,’ says Matt.
Local Sounds launched on 1 February 2022 and has had a fantastic response from people living in Lismore and beyond, they say. Listeners from outside the region are also tuning in for local artists, great music and news on the hour.
The station name, Local Sounds Lismore, says it all. The station plays a wide variety of hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s – they feature local artists and amp it up with a party mix every Friday and Saturday night.
The station can be accessed for free via their website localsounds.com.au via iHeartRadio, Apple CarPlay and smart speakers.
Archibald winner is Looking Blak
JEFA Gallery is featuring an exciting show by Blak Douglas, the winner of the 2022 Archibald Prize.
Blak Douglas’ work is significant and profoundly bold in its depiction and message. What we have here is an artist who is completely dedicated to delivering the truth as he has learnt it.
Blak particularly focuses on what it means in the 21st century to be an Aboriginal man with part Irish decent, with all the cultural clichés that haunt him and the ironies present within the ‘Australian Dream’.
Born somewhere in between here and there, then and now, Adam Hill aka Blak Douglas has a speakeasy, sometimes comical and slapstick, yet totally on point and uncensored attitude, towards the establishment and all the pawns in the game. His work is a thrilling and absolutely necessary experience for all Australians!
Artworks in this fantastic body of work cover the last 20 years of his career. They are available to purchase, or to just come and see. It is an exhibition not to be missed and we would love to see you enjoy it!
JEFA Gallery is open 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. Viewings on the weekend can be made by appointment.
Call Michael on 0490 470 211 or Julian on 0401 943 249 to arrange a time.
JEFA Gallery, 3/83 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay.
Perennially popular Bandaluzia
Led by ARIA nominated Flamenco guitarist, Damian Wright, Bandaluzia will present a spectacular new show presenting contemporary flamenco dance and music whilst displaying the essential characteristics of the flamenco tradition. Bandaluzia are celebrated for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity. Bandaluzia performed at The Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan and were awarded ‘The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe’ at The Sydney Fringe Festival. Bandaluzia performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney. Featuring Dance Australia Magazine’s ‘Most Outstanding Dancer’ and co-winner of ‘Best Dance Show’ at The Adelaide Fringe.
Flamenco dancers, Jessica Statham and Rosalie Cocchiaro, have lived in Madrid and performed in many of Madrid’s most premier Tablaos – flamenco venues – for ten years, as has outstanding percussionist James Hauptmann (James Morrison, Vince Jones, Bluejuice). Bandaluzia are also highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich harmonies of jazz, the exotic melodies of ‘the Orient’ or the infectious rhythms of South America. This is an experience that ignites the senses with the grace of Flamenco.
Bandaluzia Flamenco are at the Byron Theatre on Friday 22 July at 7.30pm. Tix available now through: www.byroncentre.com.au.
Solstice warming wiggle
There’s no better way to get warm and celebrate the solstice than the Winter Wiggle – a next level Crystal Grid production with six DJs over six hours.
DJs include Xenia Lagune, G-Force, Ziv, Halo, Pob and Matt Fleming.
The Solstice Tribe Connect takes place at Durrumbul Hall on Saturday 18 June, 6pm til midnight. Come for dinner, hang by the fire and wiggle with friends. Limited presale tickets only at Humanitix: events.humanitix.com/winter-wiggle.
Cost is $44 + bf.
Eyes on the Horizon
Calling all design artists, fashion innovators, culture initiators and wearable inventors. Shearwater is thrilled to announce the launch of WAVE 2022: Horizons — the 22nd year of the Mullumbimby Steiner School’s Wearable Arts performance event.
Amidst an ever-shifting landscape, students and staff pulled off two incredible events over the past two years, and in 2022, eyes firmly on the horizon, they look forward to welcoming audiences back on-site to experience WAVE in all its glory.
Whether you are an emerging artist, a student, an industry professional or a Wearable Arts savant, it’s time to unleash your creative design skills and begin to imagine your costume entry for WAVE 2022. Entries will be assessed by a panel of independent industry professionals and vie for a prize pool of up to $8,000.
With five exciting design sections to be inspired by, garments can be sewn, riveted, welded, glued, painted, collaged, knitted, woven, built and assembled from metal, leather, rubber, natural fibres, industrial waste and recycled objects. The entries will be incorporated into a highly professional choreographed production, which will take place in the Shearwater hall, in November.
WAVE Artistic Director, Joshua Rushton, says the the arrival of the competition garments in October provides the final inspiration for the show’s narrative. ‘Your competition design entry and your personal interpretation of a Wearable Arts section will play an intrinsic part in the show’s artistic and cultural expression’.
‘As the designers fire up their imaginations and begin to develop their unique creations, students, teachers and community artists will be engaged in developing the music, costume, choreography, set design, film and special effects.’
‘In this sense, Shearwater’s Wearable Arts event has built, over more than two decades, an incredible production dynamic – a true artistic interface between high school and world. A competition that goes out to the community; a high school production that builds an incredible show around an inspiring theme… and finally the integration of competition entries which brings the show to life.’
Shearwater invites you to join them. Check out the WAVE website (shearwaterperformingarts.com) for all the information you need to enter a garment in this year’s competition — section criteria, entry form, inspiration and FAQs, or phone Shearwater on 66 843 223.
The Beanies: EGG-Straordinary Day!
Are you already wondering what to do with the kids in the school holidays? Why not bring them to see The Beanies, live on stage at Byron Theatre in their hit show, The Beanies EGG-Straordinary Day! – as seen on ABC Kids TV. The Beanies are a three-piece band with over 70 original songs that have been released through ABC Commercial and streamed over three million times.
In 2019 The Beanies were nominated for an ARIA Award in the category of Best Children’s Album and an Australian Independent Music Award in 2022. The Beanies have been featured on Sunrise, The Project, TODAY Show and ABC News. As well as being entertaining and silly, The Beanies’ goal is to be every child’s best friend and help them feel free to play as themselves, for themselves.
In The Beanies EGG-Straordinary Day! the team take on parenting, because – how hard boiled can it be? Laura, Mim and Michael are ready to play and invite you to come sing, dance and laugh in their giant box fort. But little do they know they’re about to face their biggest challenge ever – babysitting… or should we say ‘egg-sitting’? Turns out it’s harder than it looks: the trio argue about nap time, get confused about baby proofing, and deal with crying fits, and then: disaster! The egg is poached. Bah Bah Baaaaa!
Now, The Beanies need your help to save EGGbert – together they will solve problems, unravel riddles and search for clues. Will they find EGGbert before the time is up? You’ll have to come along to find out… but beware of those Sneaky Robbers!
The Beanies EGG-Straordinary Day! is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for mini-Beanies and their big people.
This show is on Tuesday 5 July at 10.30am. Get a group together and use your Discover NSW Vouchers before they expire on 30 June!
Recommended for ages 3–8 years. Book now at byrontheatre.com.
Free Flickerfest film masterclass
Join Flickerfest director Bronwyn Kidd for a free film industry masterclass in partnership with SAE Australia at SAE campus Byron Bay. Gain insights into all the behind-the-scenes action of Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy®Qualifying short film festival, now in its 31st year, explore your own pathway to a career in the film industry and receive valuable first-hand insights into filmmaking from a personal perspective, as Bronwyn joins in conversation with acclaimed filmmaker Cloudy Rhodes, who grew up in the Northern Rivers and who will also present a screening of their award winning film Beautiful They.
Cloudy Rhodes is a young non-binary writer, DOP, photographer and award-winning director producing distinct and emotionally intuitive work. They have directed music videos, short films, and television commercials, worked with international brands such as Levis, Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein, and shot editorials for i-D, Vogue, and Russh. Rhodes’ work celebrates gender fluidity and expression, through positive and uplifting queer narratives. In 2021 their short film Beautiful They premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, going on to screen at multiple other festivals around the world, including Outfest Los Angeles and the Melbourne International Film Festival. Beautiful They had its NSW premiere at Flickerfest and was nominated for the 2021 AACTA award for Best Short Form Drama, won Best Film at the My Queer Career Mardi Gras Film Festival, and was awarded the Australian Director’s Guild Award for Best Short Film.
This event is on Thursday the 16 June 5–7pm.
You can register at sae.edu.au/event/sae-byron-bay-film-masterclass