CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS MEANS SONGS OF THE SOUL
HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Songs for the Soul – Alice Night and Sophia Tuv
We invite you to a special evening
SONGS FOR THE SOUL
an evening with Alice Night, Sophia Tuv & Special Artist Guests.
Friday 20/8 at Drill Hall Mullumbimby.
Please note, this is an adults-only event.
The audience is limited to 50 people so get in quick..
We have a sliding scale ticketing option for you. The ‘gift of love’ options will help us to make the night even more wonderful with guest artists and nice lights etc, and also create more sustainable music careers for Alice and Sophia.
Alice Night is an Australian, English singer-songwriter who shares original folk songs rich in narrative, lyricism, and honesty. She is most noted for the stirring tone of her voice. She is equal parts mysterious and straight-up. She has released five collections of recorded music.
‘Alice Night’ concocts an elegant sonic world of the strangely familiar. She charts a wavering journey through densely beautiful and effortless personal song worlds that ask us to fall deeper into them.’ – Lawrence English – ROOM40
‘Her voice makes me feel like I am walking through an ancient Nordic forest in a time I can’t understand.’ – audience member.
A Jerusalem-born singer and songwriter. Her music is embedded with modern-day prayers that speak of the journey from darkness to light, peace, healing, and deep connection with nature. Ancient mystical traditions and her extensive travels colour her musical canvas. Sophia is classically and jazz trained. Drawing on her professional knowledge, her path is one of the spiritual connections. Her ethereal voice has been known to awaken the souls of her listeners.
Sophia writes and sings in both Hebrew and English. She collects songs, prayers, and chants from around the world. She currently also offering workshops and private voice sessions to awaken the birth rite gift of all the voice.
We believe that now more than ever is a time where music and song are greatly needed. We are incredibly grateful and humbled to be of service through song, sound, and music. Because of this, we are passionate about finding ways to make this happen.
In an event where unforeseeable restrictions prevent the audience from attending (something that hopefully does not happen), we will either move the evening to an online platform with beautiful sound and lighting or postpone the evening to another date.
Tickets purchased can be passed on to someone else but there will be no refunds. We will be investing to make this evening beautiful and share the music.
Dear community: It’s important for us to express that As musicians holding the space we are legally asked to uphold the Current regulations. We ask you to not put the event in a compromising position and respect+uphold the current regulations.
If You do not feel well or have been in a hotspot up to 14 days prior to the event please stay at home
please register your attendance at entry with a QR code or written attendance registration.
Please wear a mask
please be aware of keeping 1.5 meters distance from others
please avoid gatherings after the concert outside.
We are excited and honoured to share this space with you.
‘We Have a Chance to Make a Difference Til Our Dying Day’
Saturday 7th August, 7:30pm and Sunday 8th August, 3:30 and 7:30pm.
‘Women’s Theatre Project’ is an ’empowering women through theatre’ course facilitated by Philippa Williams. These 10 week courses have run termly since 2015 and alternate between performance/production and improv/process work. This is a performance term and we have explored the archetypes of Mother, Lover, Priestess, Warrior, Crone and Seeker. This made for rich material as we looked at how these characters appeared in our own lives and psyche. The play was devised and written by the group using process work, improvisation and creative writing.
The story is of a young woman in crisis searching for meaning in life and asking the age old question ‘Who am I?’
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!
Any profits from this production will be donated to The SHIFT Project in Byron Bay which supports women moving from homelessness to independence.
Peter Hunt and Friends at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall
POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Peter Hunt, with Bobby Alu and Linden Lester, invite you into the warmth of the Drill Hall Theatre to journey with them in a vessel of music.
This special concert is in celebration of Peter Hunt’s album, Vessel.
This album is the first Peter Hunt has released under his own name, after several albums with the groove supergroup Kooii. It draws from his love for African music and jazz and is threaded with the sense of something Celtic too. It is the culmination of decades devoted to songcraft; the binding of words with voice in it’s expression of feeling, melody and dance.
With generosity and rhythmical vitality in the nature of his music, songman and percussionist Bobby Alu, shall weave the rhythm baskets of the songs, having recorded the percussion on the Vessel album.
Local musical treasure and one half of the group, the Imprints, Linden Lester will be on bass, bringing his foundational feel to the songs.
The creativity of the evening shall also involve the inspiration of other special guests, to be announced.
For further information ring Peter on 0421 519 030
In 2020 the restrictions associated with the Covid pandemic meant that the Drill Hall Theatre Co were unable to produce plays to be performed for the public.
After coming across a collection of Monologues titled ‘Dear Australia’ it was decided, as a project, the Theatre Company would record 10 of the monologues for broadcast on the Bay FM program Bohemian Beat.
The broadcast went to air on Thursday 10th of June.
As the Covid restrictions eased the monologues were also presented to a limited audience for the Drill Hall membership as a rehearsed play reading.
The monologues express a moment in history when a pandemic changed everything. They tell of the cracks opening up and of the darkness and light revealed. They are in turn both confronting and comforting.
They are a snapshot giving a glimpse of what playwrights around Australia were observing and thinking, not only about the present but also about the future.
Together they are a revelation and celebration of Australian voices.
Michael Borenstein (Director}
Hello Australia by Willow Weiland – read by Greg Aitken
The Stretching Cloth of Silence by Finegan Kruckemeyer – read by Peter Gough
Limbo by Stephen Carleton – read by Jill Benham
Distance by Mark Rodgers – read by Tin Winton-Brown
Woman at the Bottle-o by Catherine McKinnon – read by Sonia Borenstein
Delivery by Tasnim Hossain – read by Geoffrey Moon
Ladies Against Lockdown by Sam Nerida – read by Shelagh Pepper
Long-Gone Distant Future by Kathryn Ash – read by Mike Russo
Our Lot 44 by Anchuli Felicia King – read by Chis Benaud
Baby, I’m Home by Ellen van Neerva – read by Alex Benham
This week join Riddhi and special guest Michael Borenstein as they present Covid Monologues from the 2020 collection – Dear Australia – 50 playwrights send postcards to the nation, a project from Playwriting Australia, featuring pieces that capture a moment in history where a pandemic changed everything.
In conjunction with the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre Company with production assistance from SAE Creative Media Institute in Byron Bay we present 10 of these stories.
Time has beaten us for a return of Switzerland this month. Charlie is still in lockdown in Melbourne so opening on September 17 just isn’t going to happen.
Looking to the future we are still hopeful that we could be back in November/December. It just depends on how things go over the next few weeks and that there are no cases in the local area. Hang on to your tickets and we will arrange their transfer to new dates once things become clearer. At the moment we will be restricted to audiences of 75 and mask-wearing will be mandatory.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
Joanna Murray-Smith’s brilliant play Switzerland is the second production in the Drill Hall Theatre Company’s all-Australian 2021 season. Arguably the nation’s most successful playwright, Murray-Smith has written a play about the grande dame of best-selling crime literature, Patricia Highsmith.
Highsmith lives with an impressive collection of books and a somewhat sinister collection of guns and knives. The novelist finds solace in her seclusion, her whisky and cigarettes until the hapless Mr Edward Ridgeway appears sent as an emissary by her publishing company in New York.
Murray-Smith makes no bones about Highsmith’s tendency to abuse. She is seen, towards the end of her life, as a rancorous loner railing at the New York literary establishment. She is prone to racist rants and has a vicious smackdown for every occasion which challenges her visitor who has come to beg her to write one more book in The Ripley Series.
The director, Toni Scanlan says that “this Drill Hall production is a perfect platform for Liz Chance’s amazing skill as an actor while we will witness the rise of an emerging talent in Charlie Burton.”
A noted actor herself, the director informs us that “Liz plays the famous writer, Highsmith as an eccentric lesbian, homophobic, racist, hard-drinking, a brilliant would-be psychopath with excellent taste in soft furnishings. While Charlie who shows enormous promise, plays the mysterious and ambiguous intruder Edward Ridgeway”.
‘Dark and funny in the great tradition of psychological thrillers. The Drill Hall’s Switzerland excels on all levels!…’
‘Intelligently directed by Toni Scanlan with unforgettable performances by Liz Chance and rising star Charlie Burton…’
‘Engrossing, intelligent, and original. Switzerland keeps the audience on its toes to the very end.’
‘Beautifully realised with energy and freshness by Liz Chance and Charlie Burton.’
‘The plot twists and energy between Chance and Burton make Switzerland a sizzling production not-to-be missed!’
‘This is the kind of production that showcases the very best of community theatre. Well done, Drill Hall, you’ve done it again!’
‘I was left speechless by the marvellous acting and wonderful plot twists that surprise like a curveball.’
‘SWITZERLAND, is a riveting and classy production.’
‘This production excels on all levels. Murray-Smith’s script is dark and funny in the psychological thriller tradition. Charlie Burton takes the stage by storm.’
‘Switzerland is an engrossing, intelligent, original play which keeps the audience on its toes to the very end. It is beautifully realised with energy and freshness by Liz Chance and Charlie Burton. This is the kind of production that showcases the best of community theatre. Well done, Drill Hall, you’ve done it again.’
‘The energy between the two actors and the twists and turns of the story make Switzerland a sizzling event not to be missed.’
‘There’s a wonderful twist in Switzerland. What I saw on stage left me speechless. The acting is marvellous too, in the perfect match between roles and players – Liz Chance as the accomplished yet spent writer and Charlie Burton as the colt who won’t take no for an answer.’
‘Forget a dash to Sydney or Melbourne to see some top-rated live theatre; something much better is now showing in Byron Shire. Switzerland at the Drill Hall Theatre is an outstanding production. It is a psychological thriller propelled by stellar performances from Liz Chance and Charlie Burton. The set is atmospheric (lots of ornamental weapons of death) yet functional, and the lighting and music are so effective you swing to the belief that anything is possible. Plus a script by Joanna Murray-Smith that positively fizzes with wit and menace.’
‘A very clever play about writing. This Drill Hall production is intelligently directed by Toni Scanlan with unforgettable performances by Liz Chance and rising star Charlie Burton. Surprisingly very funny with a twist as you would expect from a play about Patricia Highsmith. Toni Appleton’s set is a marvel.’
Joanna Murray-Smith is one of our outstanding Australian playwrights and hashad her plays and novels translated and performed widely around the world. According to the Australia Council, Joanna Murray-Smith, along with Daniel Keene, account for half of all foreign productions of Australian plays.
Switzerland was first performed by the Sydney Theatre Company in 2014 and in its review, the Sydney Morning Herald, had this to say about the play:
“Switzerland is arguably Murray-Smith’s best play yet, and certainly one of her most entertaining. The playwright’s familiar strong suits – her barbed wit and effortless gift for verbal sparring, her feminist lens (which in this production burns a hole into sexism in literary publishing) – are totally in service to the dramatic whole in Switzerland, and they combine to form an unbeatable hand.
Whether you’re a mad Highsmith fan, or you’ve never heard of her, you’ll be chilled and gripped, amused and seduced by this pitch-perfect psychological thriller.”
Angry Young Penguins (1987); Atlanta (1990); Love Child (1993); Ridge’s Lovers (1993); Flame (1994); Honour (1995); Redemption (1997); Nightfall (1999); Rapture (2002); Bombshells (2004, written for Caroline O’Connor); The Female of the Species (2006); Ninety (2008), Scenes from a Marriage (2008); Rockabye (2009); Songs for Nobodies (2010); The Gift (2011); Day One, a Hotel, Evening (2011); True Minds (2013), Fury (2013); Switzerland, (2014); Pennsylvania Avenue (2014)
Truce (1994) Judgement Rock (2002) Sunnyside (2005)
The poems of Ern Malley (ed) (1988); Georgia, (film, 1988); Cassidy (1989, for ABC Television); “Mimi Goes to the Analyst” in Six Pack (1992, for SBS TV); “Greed” in Seven Deadly Sins (1993, for ABC Television); Lyrics to a song cycle about Harold Holt, music by Paul Grabowsky; Janus: episodes “Fit to Plead”, “An Unnatural Act”, “A Prima Facie Case” (1995, for ABC Television); Libretto to the opera Love in the Age of Therapy (2002) by Paul Grabowsky for Opera Australia, Melbourne Festival and Sydney Festival; Libretto to The Divorce (2015, for ABC Television)
Australian Film Institute Award nomination in 1989 for the screenplay to Georgia (shared with Ben Lewin, Bob Weis).
Braille Book of the Year for Judgement Rock
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award: Southbank Pacific Prize for Drama for Honour in 1996
Victorian Premier’s Literary Award: Louis Esson Prize for Drama for Rapture in 2003
Winner 2004 Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Festival Fringe for Bombshells
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nomination in 2004 for Judgement Rock
Winner 2005 London Theatregoers Choice Award for Bombshells
Final list of twelve of the Miles Franklin Award in 2006 for Sunnyside
Co-winner New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards (Play Award) 2012 for The Gift
Toni trained at the Drama Centre, London. Her theatre credits include:
For Belvoir: Stop Girl & Ruben Guthrie. Sydney Theatre Company: Blood Wedding, Our Town, Troupers, King Lear, Cuckoo’s Country and Madras House. For Black Swan Theatre: Hir and Angels in America – Part One For Ensemble: Richard 111, Let the Sun Shine, A View From the Bridge, I’m Not Rappaport, All My Sons, The Price. For Riverside: Hamlet, King Lear. For The Darlinghurst Theatre, Good Works, Eternity Playhouse Grand opening show: All My Sons.. For QTC: Once in Royal David’s City, The Children, The Family, Too Young for Ghosts. For Q Theatre: Daylight Saving, Kid Stakes. For TN Theatre Co: Private Lives, Boy’s Own Macbeth, Cloud 9, The Conquests of Carmen Miranda. For Griffin Theatre: King Tide, Back Beat, White Nancy. For Playhouse Theatre: Fields of Heaven. For Her Majesty’s, Perth: Annie. For Hole in the Wall Theatre: In His Own Right, Under Milkwood. Film: The Forest, Vacant Possession, Loveless, Homebrew, Breakaway, Tenderhooks, Contact, High Tide.
TV & Film includesHearts & Bones, The Hiding, Crownies, Answered by Fire, MDA, Backberner, Crash Palace, Water Rats (Series Regular 6 years), Bordertown, Blue Heelers, GP.
Awards: 2014 Sydney Theatre Awards winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role in an Independent Production, All My Sons.
2008 Sydney Theatre Awards winner for King Tide, by Kath Thomson.
Toni’s Directing credits include, The Seagull, Cherry Orchard and Three Sisters for QUT. A Cheery Soul for Waapa.
Liz Chance is a veteran of stage and screen and recalls her first big break into theatre when she was discovered in an acting class with the great Stella Adler.
With more than 30 years’ experience as an actor, Liz has appeared on just about every Australian stage and in more television than she can remember, including A Country Practice, Home & Away, Water Rats, Blue Heelers, Rafferty’s Rules, G.P, and admits her first stage kiss was with Mel Gibson with the Sydney Theatre Company. For more than a decade, Liz also directed and taught at NIDA, teaching Australian luminaries including Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Jeremy Simms, and Damon Gameau.
Liz first performed for the Drill Hall Theatre Company in 2015 in the title role of Joanna Murray-Smith’s Honour, and Mark Colvin’s Kidneyby Tommy Murphy (2018). In 2020 she was appointed as the theatre’s Artistic Director, and most recently directed the return (sold-out) season of SHITby Patricia Cornelius,marking the return of live theatre after Covid.
Liz is delighted to play Patricia Highsmith in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland.
Hello! I’m Charlie Burton and I play the role of Edward Ridgeway. I’ve loved the process of finding and developing this character so far.
I grew up in Mullum but am currently living in Melbourne, having come home at the start of May to begin rehearsal for this play. Acting is something I’m exceptionally passionate about and I am always enthralled at the prospect of getting to engage in theatre or other forms of acting.
I am currently studying at Melbourne Uni though hope to move my studies into the acting sphere next year.
Though difficult at times, working on Switzerland has been a thoroughly rewarding and exciting process and I am excited for everyone to see the finished product!
CREW & CREATIVES
Props and Set Decoration
Toni Appleton, Alex Benham, Geoffrey Moon
Publicity, Promotion & Marketing
Chris Benaud, Michael Borenstein, Mandy Nolan, Alex Benham
Toni Scanlan, Syd Geary
Front of House Manager
BRIONY DALTON – STAGE MANAGER
Briony has been dabbling in acting for the past few years. An aspiring actress and scriptwriter, she is loving exploring the world of theatre and has already thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this fantastic production. She is consistently inspired and impressed by the level of talent coming out of the Northern Rivers, no less those involved in ‘Switzerland’, and she’s grateful for the opportunity to learn from this experience and all of these excellent humans.
GEOFFREY MOON – LIGHTING
After first being involved with the Drill Hall almost 40 years ago as an actor, Geoffrey has worked in a broad range of areas including clowning in Hyde Park for the festival of Sydney, touring schools with Theatre In Education productions for 20 years, NBN’s Big Dog, cabaret and more. “I have always maintained a keen interest in community theatre as an avenue for social benefit. A forum where the community can come together and share, with the community, skills, energy, and time. It is an honour and a joy to play my part ”
DAVID STEWARD – SOUND
David has been a sound technician for ten years. Before joining the Drill Hall Theatre Company this year he worked with the team at Byron Theatre.
Audio production has always been a keen interest of David’s, which began with his father’s role as a radio engineer for the ABC.
Born and raised on a family farm in Bina Burra, David is a true country boy at heart with an undeniable passion for the arts.
TONI APPLETON – SET DESIGN
Toni is returning to design for the stage after four decades of life and work designing buildings and landscapes in the Northern Rivers.
After leaving a UNSW architecture degree behind in 1968, she worked in set design for the ABC, Hong Kong TVB and the BBC. Always willing to volunteer for community theatre, she designed university revues, early Jane Street productions, charity shows in London and Federal Theatre Company plays in the 80’s.
She is delighted to be working with the Drill Hall Theatre Company.
ALEX BENHAM – LIGHTING DESIGN
Alex has been a part of the Drill Hall Theatre Company since 1985 and has been involved with most Drill Hall Theatre productions in one capacity or another ever since: Stage Management; Acting and even a little Directing. These days he usually confines his involvement to light and sound where he no longer needs to learn lines.
Lighting design is always a team effort and often a challenge in a small theatre like the Drill, working with limited resources, but with the assistance from others, in this case: Lighting Designer, David Walton; Toni Scanlan, a director with artistic ideas of how she wished to light the set and assistance from Lighting Operator, Geoff Moon, we were able to come up with something we can be proud of.
Alex is also Treasurer of the company and part of the Building Committee, whose responsibility is to further develop the theatre, while managing the complexity of use by the Drill Hall Theatre Company and the general public.
Photos by Kate Holmes
OPENING NIGHT @ THE DRILL
Photos by Sunita Bailey
Byron Shire Echo, 4 June 2021
Liz Chance stars in Switzerland at the Drill Hall 18 June–4 July.
A Chance for Switzerland
The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents Joanna Murray-Smith’s gripping psychological thriller: Switzerland, arguably Murray-Smith’s greatest work to date.
The show stars Liz Chance (Blue Heelers, Water Rats, Tender Hooks) under the direction of multi award-winning actor Toni Scanlan (Stop Girl, Dreamland, Water Rats).
The play introduces young actor Charlie Burton (the son of local comedian Mandy Nolan), for whom performing is a passion, and Toni was impressed from the outset. ‘The first time I heard Charlie read I thought – that boy has it going on. His instinct for such a complex psychological drama was beyond his years. Liz and I would not be doing this play without him.’
Switzerland at the Drill Hall
Looking for a little background
The Talented Mr Ripley with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow is on Netflix. A fabulous stylish film that will give you some insight into the work of the terrifying Ms Highsmith!
With our 2021 season underway, Drill Hall Theatre Company (DHTC) is looking forward to 2022 and hopes to reconnect with previous HOT SHORTS writers and meet many new writers.
DHTC has set November 30th 2021 as the closing date for submissions to HOT SHORTS, the 10-minute play competition that has run bi-annually for the past 20 years. However, if you haven’t completed writing by the end of November DHTC will accept, as a minimum, an outline of your play and its intended themes.
Throughout the first half of 2022, we will help further develop your plays with readings, reviews and feedback ultimately selecting those plays to be included in HOT SHORTS 2022 to be staged in November 2022.
Shortly before the closing date, DHTC plans to hold a one-day play-writing workshop on Saturday, October 9 in order to help you complete your writing. The workshop, to be held at the Drill Hall will be hosted by Russell Eldridge, a very experienced theatre practitioner, writer and editor.
Russell held a similar workshop after HOT SHORTS 2019 and left those who attended excited with his ideas about how to make their writing punchier and more engaging. Russell has been on the HOT SHORTS selection panel for a number of years and feels that many of the plays that failed to make it onto stage could have benefited from re-writing.
Please email us at email@example.com letting us know if you plan to enter HOT SHORTS 2022 and also if you interested in participating in the workshop.
Have you ever thought about becoming a member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company?
The Drill Hall Theatre Company is a not-for-profit association run by its members to support and promote the performing arts in Byron Shire.
The Drill Hall Theatre Company is a constituent group of the Mullumbimby District Cultural Centre (MDCC) which also includes the Mullumbimby Adult Learning and Potters Association. The MDCC manages the Drill Hall site and as a member of the DHTC you are also a member of MDCC.
The Theatre Company has been entertaining local audiences since the 1950’s and prides itself on being a Community Theatre where theatre is made by, with, and for the community it serves.
The uniquely defining aspect of our Community Theatre is that we all participate purely for the love of theatre and no one gets paid. It’s our passion for live theatre and our love of community engagement that drives our work. Members of the community are warmly welcomed to get involved, whether it be as an actor, backstage crew, sound and lighting or front-of-house.
Anyone can become an associate member of the company for an annual membership fee of $15. Memberships are from January to December.
Associate Membership entitles you to:
Free tickets to the Preview of DHTC productions
Discount tickets (at the concession rate) to all other DHTC productions
Access to DHTC activities and workshops
And at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Management Committee the opportunity to be involved in Drill Hall Theatre Productions
If you would like to join please do one of the following:
Renewing Members: Send an email with your name, email address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org and pay your $15 membership as outlined below.
New Members: Fill out PART A of the membership form (at the bottom of the page) and return it to email@example.com. If you have someone who is a member who can nominate and second your application, have them do that, otherwise the management committee can arrange for that to happen. A photo of your nomination form taken with your phone is sufficient if you do not have access to a scanner. Please then pay your membership as outlined below.
Membership Payments: Your $15 membership fee can be made by direct deposit to:
Drill Hall Theatre Company
Please include ‘Membership and Your Name‘ as a reference. You will receive a receipt indicating that your membership has been accepted.
The Drill Hall Theatre Company’s artistic director, Liz Chance, is teaching a dynamic introductory course in acting techniques, commencing next month.
Liz comes with 30 years of experience as an actor/director, and for 12 years taught at NIDA, teaching stars of stage and screen including Cate Blanchett, Sam Worthington, Damon Gameau and Jeremy Simms.
The course runs on Saturday mornings for eight weeks, 20th March to May 8th (including Easter Saturday). There will be a showing for family and friends at the conclusion of the course
Classes start at 9.30 am, on time, and go to 12.30 pm. There will be a break from 10.45 to 11.15.
There will be a maximum of 12 people.
The course costs $320 and places are by audition/interview.
Fees must be paid in full before commencement.
If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and to see if there are still spaces available.