8.8 C
Byron Shire
July 16, 2024

About Rhoda’s cousin

Latest News

We need to reinvent urban spaces to live in harmony with the planet 

Travel is about visiting someplace exotic, we’re told. Somewhere that looks, feels and tastes different, in a way that stirs our heart and stimulates our senses. But sit in the central business district of any global city today, and chances are it will look basically the same.

Other News

Electricity lines clipped and lines come down in Lismore

Police have confirmed that a truck clipped powerlines today on Dawson Street, Lismore. 

NAIDOC WEEK: Bundjalung art on show

Coinciding with NAIDOC week celebrations, Longstanding will be at the Lone Goat Gallery, located at the Byron Library until August 17.

Elections

As a 65 year-old man, it should be illegal for me to vote. Start at 18 finish at 65,...

Policy ambition, age and conservatives 

The sad state of conservative politics has again dominated the world stage this week, with the Tory wipeout in the UK, and a chaotic result in the French elections, reducing President Macron’s Centralist Alliance to 168 seats in the 577-seat parliament. 

Remembering those who served, July 11 

The Byron Bay war memorial has witnessed its fair share of commemorations over the years – from ANZAC Day ceremonies to Vietnam Veterans Day services and many in between.

Power from the barrel of a gun

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's immediate reaction to the assassination attempt on US presidential candidate Donald Trump was that there was 'no place for violence in the democratic process', but this is the latest in a very long line of incidents which prove otherwise.

Photo by Kate Holmes

Rhoda Roberts in My Cousin Frank is powerful, enlightening and entertaining. My Cousin Frank is an unmissable experience with one of Australia’s greatest artistic and cultural leaders, Rhoda Roberts AO. Join Rhoda in a special evening of personal storytelling as she shares tales of her first cousin Frank, a boxing champion – who was the first Aboriginal Olympian – and the irrepressible Roberts family of Lismore.

‘These are important stories about the places we call home, our shared past, and aspirations for a better tomorrow,’ says Roberts. ‘The Roberts fighting family of Lismore story is set in a time where poverty and authoritarian control ruled, enforced by the government’s Aborigines Protection Board policies. Through the richness of love and the Roberts work ethic, Frank rose above this and was the pinnacle of athletic achievement entering the new world of the Olympic Games.

‘I am so proud to be telling an element of our family story.’

Directed by Kirk Page, Rhoda brings the fighting spirit of Frank and her mob to life on stage with My Cousin Frank as she recalls a family’s journey from the tumultuous era of dispersal and silence to navigating a world controlled by government policy.

Rhoda Roberts AO is a Widjabul Wia-bal woman of the Bundjalung nation. She is an award-winning producer, artistic director, journalist, broadcaster, actor and arts advisor. Amongst her many achievements Rhoda co-founded Australia’s first national Aboriginal theatre company, was the first Aboriginal presenter on prime-time TV, founded and directed the Festival of Dreaming and was Head of First Nations Programming for the Sydney Opera House. Roberts was awarded an Order of Australia in 2016 for distinguished service to the performing arts.

Rhoda is NORPA’s Creative Director of First Nations.

My Cousin Frank with Rhoda Roberts – Saturday, 24 August at Star Court Theatre Lismore. Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August at Byron Theatre. Tickets at www.norpa.org.au.

Previous articleA triumph over adversity
Next articleA Little Big Bang!

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Regen Ag program on offer

Farm entrepreneurs in agrifood, agtech or agriwaste who are in start-up, or scale-up mode, are encouraged to apply for a eight-week, fully funded accelerator program at the Byron Community College.

Editorial – Bloatcorp under review

Those familiar with the NSW Reconstruction Authority, the agency tasked with flood recovery for the north coast (and disaster recovery for NSW), may be heartened to know that a review is underway of the Act that governs the government-run corporation.

BayFM lands major grant 

Independent local radio station, BayFM 99.9, has received a major grant from the Community Broadcasting Foundation, enabling it to plan big for the future. 

Ballina mayor vies for second term ‘leading the rebuild’

Ballina Shire’s mayoral race this September looks to be a competition between two women, one progressive, the other conservative, after both candidates announced campaigns last week.