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Recent News

Elva Julien,  the Belle of the Drill Hall for the Centenary Celebrations has passed away at age 102. Elva gave a wonderful speech about her love of the arts after a matinee performance of The Ballad Of Edgar and Mary in 2015, She is already missed by her friends including Drill Hall stalwarts Coral Crogan and Norma McCabe. Elva lived at Wilsons Creek with her son and loved her scrabble. Vale Elva.

In other news, Leone Mills founder of Spaghetti Circus has received an OAM in the Queens Birthday Awards. Leone was awarded the gong because of her work with young people in developing their circus and life skills. Many of her young performers have gone on to international careers in the circus. Congratulations to Leonie for the acknowledgement of decades of great work for the arts in the Byron Shire.

Jenny Dowell, Lismore Theatre Company actor and former Mayor of Lismore also received a gong – possibly for her performance in Hedda Gabler but more likely her great community work.



Calendar Girls

25, 26, 27 August & 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 September

When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence. Based on the true story of eleven WI members, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2008 and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.



Do Not Go Gentle

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 October 2017

An International production between the Drill Hall Theatre Company and Everyman Theatre from Cardiff, Wales.

Do Not Go Gentle

Seemingly embarking upon their ill-fated expedition to the South Pole, Scott, Bowers, Wilson, Oates and Evans grapple with life’s big questions, pitting their wits against the ‘dying of the light’.  Or do they?  As they trudge across an ‘alien landscape’, questions emerge, not only about the nature of their ‘fragile world’ but also about who they really are.

The seeds for this ambitious production were sown in Mullumbimby in March 2015.
We are now seeing the culmination of this challenging but rewarding process of collaboration between two theatre companies located in very different communities on opposite sides of the globe. Together they remind us that the issues grappled with by Patricia Cornelius’ award-winning play are universal and ones that bind us all.

5-9 SEPTEMBER 2017


13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 OCTOBER 2017




Hot Short 2017

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 November 2017

The Drill Hall Theatre Company (DHTC) is excited to announce that its biennial short play competition HOT SHORTS is on again this year. Writers are now invited to submit their plays, which must be original, not previously performed, no longer than 10 minutes and with minimal staging difficulties.



Acting Workshops

Free Acting Workshops for Adult Actors of All levels of Experience

The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s Monday Acting Workshops will commence their 9th year on Monday 27th February. The workshop runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at The Drill Hall every Monday evening. All interested actors are welcome to come along on any Monday and no previous acting experience is necessary.

The aim of the workshops is to have fun while freeing up our imagination, imparting some performance skills and generating interest in the theatre. This year we will be holding our ten-minute play competition HOT SHORTS and workshop participants will get the opportunity to participate in those plays.

Workshops are free to members and membership ($15 per year) is open to anyone.

Workshop facilitator, Mike Russo, has a degree in Theatre Studies, studied acting at the Independent Theatre and The Drama Studio and has 40 years theatre experience.

For more information please call Mike on 6684 4886 or send an email to drillhalltheatre@gmail.com. Alternatively please just turn up on the 27th or any Monday after that.



If you are interested in being involved in any of the Drill Hall Theatre Productions, either as cast or crew please email your interest to drillhalltheatre@gmail.com and we will keep you informed.


Coming Up …..

Other events planned include:

The Drill Bits Show #2 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday 2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11 June.

Calendar Girls – late September

Do Not Go Gentle – 13th to 22nd October, a joint international production with Everyman Theatre Company from Cardiff, Wales.  For more information click here:  DO NOT GO GENTLE

Hot Shorts 2017 – 3rd to 12th November



Be Informed…….

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