Hot Shorts 2017


3rd, 4th, 5th and 10,11, 12 November

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday Matinees at 2pm

HOT SHORTS is a biennial competition first produced by the members of BAYLAB, an organisation founded by local theatre director Peg Gloor and writer Lorna Bol. It aims to encourage writing for the stage by Northern Rivers writers and has been presented eight times previously, the last three by Drill Hall Theatre Company.

This year, from over 30 entries, the independent panel chose nine plays hoping to create a well-balanced program reflecting a variety of current interests and theatre styles.

There are Prizes for the writers as selected by a panel appointed by the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre and prizes for the audience favourites determined by audience vote.

Friday and Saturday, 3, 4, 10, 11 November at 7:30pm and

Sunday 5, 12 November for a 2pm Matinee

Ticket Price $20 and $18 Concession

And the Winners for 2017 are

Best Written Play – $500

The Same Page – Michael Lill

Audience Favourites

1st Prize (The Peg Gloor Prize) – $500:  The Runner Up – Louise McCabe

2nd Prize – $300:  Benefits – Lisa Walmsley

3rd Prize – $200:  Conception Perception – Aya Emery


Do Not Go Gentle

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

A joint international production with Everyman Theatre Company from Cardiff, Wales.


and a response to the Review from playwright, Patricia Cornelius

What a fantastic review. I am so sorry to miss your production. It sounds delightful and poignant and like you have hit it’s mark.
Please congratulate the actors and other creatives for me.
Patricia Cornelius

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



REVIEW – ‘Do Not Go Gentle’: Everyman Theatre and The Drill Hall. Friday 8th September at Chapter Arts Centre.


Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’s award-winning ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ depicts five elderly people nearing the end of the journey that is their lives. The characters embody different aspects of Dylan Thomas’s famous villanelle, from which the play’s title derives: wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men. Moreover, the characters’ journey, which takes place in a nursing home, interweaves original dialogue with Robert Scott’s diary accounts of his ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Each role is rich in characterisation, and Cornelius gives us an insight into pasts that they can only vaguely recall, such as problematic marriages, loving husbands no longer recognised by their wives, and the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder induced by the Vietnam War, whilst simultaneously exploring the effects of dementia and the politics of care. The script is heart-warming, shocking, thought-provoking, and hilarious, seemingly discordant ingredients that result in a very fine play, if cast and directed right.

Fortunately, this production was indeed very well cast and directed. Ray Thomas and his actors and crew have embarked on one of the most ambitious undertakings in Everyman Theatre Company’s rich history, involving members from Wales and Australia. The joint cast – Cate Feldmann, Susan Gallagher, Owen Trevor-Jones, Max Donati, and Greg Aitken from The Drill Hall in Mullumbimby, and Geraint Dixon, Rosy Greenwood, Peter Harding-Roberts, and Arnold Phillips, from Everyman, Cardiff – worked perfectly, with not a weak link to be found. The on-stage relationships between them were eminently believable, and the actors tickled funny bones and pulled at heartstrings in almost equal measure.

Geraint Dixon played Scott, who narrated the expedition throughout with dulcet Welsh tones, while offering audience members the odd glimpse of a man behind the historical figure, nearing his end and lamenting his failures. Peter Harding-Roberts was hilarious as the bombastic Evans, very much representing a wild man who, for much of the play, raged against the dying light, which made his ending all the more poignant. Rosy Greenwood played the occasionally scandalous role of Wilson; she was engaging and warm throughout, and stole hearts with ease. Cate Feldman’s performance as Bowers was particularly touching, for she refused to acknowledge that she had lost her way and could no longer recognise her husband, played by Arnold Phillips, who also gave a beautifully understated performance. No less poignant were the interpretations of Owen Trevor-Jones as Oates and Max Donati as his son, Peter, victims of war and suicide. The confrontation between these two was especially effective.

Moreover, director Thomas and professional designer Ruth Stringer made great use of the depth and breadth of the Chapter Arts Centre stage, with white drapes, resembling all at once bedclothes, icy crevices, and the Terra Nova sails, helping to convey at various points a hostile landscape and a laundry room. Additionally, the judicious use of lighting, primarily white, with hints of blue, reflected both the metaphorical Antarctic expedition and the nursing home interior. The stage also resembled a raised ice-field platform, with suggestions of white tiled flooring and other features added to it, such as ski tracks. The actors remained in character throughout proceedings, often sitting stage right, drinking cups of tea, or preparing for the next leg of their journey.

The play’s conclusion felt tragic in many respects, as Wilson’s husband (played by Greg Aitken) turned up and we realised that the relationship between her and Scott was not as it seemed. With only Scott left on stage, he was given a choice of walking into a palely shining light and exiting stage left, or raging against that dying light. Needless to say, he exited stage right, and thus concluded a wonderful piece of ambitious theatre. The production’s Cardiff journey is now over, but it will resume at the Memo Arts Centre, Barry, on 16th September, and The Savoy, Tonyrefail, 29th September.


The International Cast in Mullumbimby

The International Cast in Cardiff



Keep up with Greg Aitkin’s musings from Cardiff here:
Waiting in the Wings 1
Waiting in the Wings 2
Waiting in the Wings 3
Waiting in the Wings 4
Waiting in the Wings 5
Waiting in the Wings 6 and final from Cardiff


Members of the Australian Cast In Rehearsal – July 2017 ……………………..



Members of the Welsh Cast In Rehearsal – July 2017 ……………………..


Sydney Morning Herald – 21 July 2017

Patricia Cornelius: theatre’s most unapologetic playwright – written by Elissa Blake

“Despite winning the NSW Premier’s Award, Do Not Go Gentle has yet to be staged in Sydney.”  – Elissa Blake.

While it’s not quite Sydney, Do Not Go Gentle is about to be performed by an International Cast in Mullumbimby, NSW, following on from its joint performance with The Everyman Theatre Company in Cardiff, Wales


In Rehearsal – May 2017 ……………………..

Drill Hall in an International Co-Production

The Drill Hall Theatre Company and The Everyman Theatre, Cardiff, Wales, are mounting a co-production of the Australian play Do Not Go Gentle by Patricia Cornelius. The Welsh director, Ray Thomas is currently in rehearsal in Mullumbimby with the local cast. By late August eight of the Drill Hall company will join their colleagues in Cardiff for the final rehearsals before the opening at The Everyman Theatre on 5 September. The combined company of nine actors (five from the Drill Hall Theatre Company and four from Everyman) will then travel to Mullumbimby for six performances from 13 October.

Michael Borenstein the President of the Drill Hall Theatre Company, said, “ This co-production between two amateur companies from different hemispheres is an amazing achievement. We never imagined that the Drill Hall would become an international touring theatre company.”

The play uses the metaphor of Robert Falcon Scott’s long and ultimately fatal trek to reach the South Pole in 1912 in telling the story of five elderly characters, Scott, Wilson, Oates, Evans and Bowers.  The play’s theme is about expanding the experience of the ageing process.

According to Michael Borenstein, “Gentle has won numerous awards but has never been produced by a major state theatre company. The Drill Hall is committed to producing works from the canon of Australian plays. I am hoping that this international co-production of a significant Australian play will be the first of many that the Drill Hall will produce and tour.”

Byron Shire Echo 31st May 2017



Members of the Australian Rehearsal Cast


15895250_10154983958460555_7788412915062729502_nTHE PROJECT:

Patricia CorneliousTo perform the play “Do Not Go Gentle …” by the Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff and The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, New South Wales, with a cast of 60 – 80 year olds drawn jointly from the members of Everyman Theatre, Cardiff, and The Drill Hall Theatre Company, Mullumbimby, New South Wales in 2017.


The news that Robert Falcon Scott and four of his companions – Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans, Lawrence Oates and Edward Wilson – had perished on their return from the South Pole made the headlines in February 1913. Using Scott’s journey to the Antarctic as a metaphor for the final leg of the journey into death that we must all make, Patricia Cornelius wrote the play “Do Not Go Gentle …” in 2005. It won the Patrick White Playwright’s Award, the R. F. Ross Trust Award in NSW and Victoria, and the 2011 Major AWGIE and AWGIF Play Awards. It has a cast of 9 (3 females and 6 males) aged 55+. Scott’s expedition was much more than a journey to the South Pole. His letters, diary and last message extend our sense of what it is to be human. At the point of defeat and dissolution he articulated a sense of human possibility that transcends both. Powerfully paralleling the passage of the explorers across an alien landscape, the funny, angry, defiant, bewildered characters in Cornelius’s play grapple with life’s big questions as they pit their wits against the “dying of the light”. Julian Meyrick, director and theatre historian, wrote: “The play never preaches. It has many things to say about sex, politics, regret, food, ballroom dancing and having fun. But it is not in the business of summing up or thematising the ultimate object of its attention: the value of life in the face of the inevitability of death. There is not a sliver of sentimentality or false hope in the drama. Rather there is deep and deft intention in the mood of the piece, in something arising between and beyond its beautiful, poetic words. And in this intention there is a genuine response to life’s sufferings and challenges and a silent prompt: to never be so afraid of death we forget to live”.

For more information click here:  DO NOT GO GENTLE

Following is a very interesting article about Patricia Cornelius, the author of Do Not Go Gentle written by Wesley Enoch for the Guardian on 3rd January 2017.

And a small Youtube clip on our first look at the play in Mullumbimby.

The Drill Bits Show #2

2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11 June

Drill Bits #2 Poster


For audience members who enjoyed our previous production of “Drill Bits #1”, you can look forward to “Drill Bits #2” commencing on Friday, 2 June, 2017. The Show is a delightful collection of dramatic bits, comedy bits, dance bits, music bits, film bits, with all the bits shaken into a theatrical cocktail that will appeal to all tastes.

One of the “bits” focuses on the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet, while another looks at finding the light in dark places and how love can both transcend and restore memories.

There is a sketch by Harold Pinter and another of a tourist in pain, seeking medical help from a wacky souvenir seller named Maria, who channels an even wackier German surgeon named Dr Fritz.

Celebrity chef Chablis Baster will make an appearance demonstrating her organic, vegan, gluten-free, therapeutic brain-cake.  There will also be songs from a local Opera singer, dance routines from Sprung Dance Co. and Kimberly McIntyre, a film tribute to Sandy Gandhi and a few surprises……  A thoroughly entertaining evening not to be missed!!




Trivia with a Twist

Saturday 4th March at 7pm


The Drill Hall Theatre Company is hosting Trivia with a Twist – a different sort of quiz night, full of fun and surprises, commencing at 7pm on Saturday, March 4.

It will cost $10.00 entry with a complimentary raffle ticket and nibbles provided. Cakes, quiches, tea, coffee will be sold, plus a well-stocked bar will be open. Many prizes will be given and a substantial prize will be awarded to the winners.

Trivia with a Twist is a fun-raiser for a co-production of the Drill Hall Theatre Company with the Everyman Theatre in Cardiff Wales. The chosen play ‘Do Not Go Gentle’ written by Patricia Cornelius will share a Welsh/Australian cast and be performed in Cardiff and Mullumbimby.

A team of eight is ideal but come along anyway even if you don’t have a team, as you can join a team on the night.

To book please ring Sonia on 66842112

The Incorruptible

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 26, 27, 28, 29 January and 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19 February 2017


The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents a Mongrel Arts Project



The Playwright, Louis Nowra (photo by Adam Knott)

The Playwright, Louis Nowra (photo by Adam Knott)

Ed (Gabo) Gabelich, political kingmaker, plucks Ion Stafford, a plain talking conservative Christian sugar cane farmer from the relative obscurity of the deep north and plants him firmly in the most powerful position in Queensland. But THE INCORRUPTIBLE high moral ground that Ion fights so hard to maintain feeds entrenched political corruption. A monster is created that devours all in its path.

Louis Nowra’s razor-like wit cuts to the quick of Australia’s political past and helps us to understand our current malaise as a nation.

The director Gregory Aitken (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Ballad of Edgar and Mary) has assembled a brilliant cast and creative team.

The play opened on Australia Day and initially played for seven shows only 26, 27,28, 29 January and 3, 4, 5 February.  The season was extended for 3 additional shows, 17, 18, 19 February.

WARNING:  Adult Themes, Coarse Language, bloody fine Acting

The Incorruptible Cast and Creatives

Ion Stafford, Premier of QLD:  Daryl White
Ed Gabelich, (Gabo), politician:  John Rado
Louise Porter, press secretary:  Kasdevi Curtis
Tim Blackburn, Premier’s assistant:   Yasir Assam
Calcroft (leader of a Minority Party) & Burgess a developer:  James Morau
Ray a waiter:  Chris Kitchener
Sick Man:  Cathy McDouall
Dyson a future senator & Samuel Coogan a drunken inventor:  Gray Wilson
The Prime Minister & Couperus a prisoner:  Laurence Axtens
Police Commissioner Collins & Conrad, a property developer:  Des Mayblom
Simon Porter a Judge:  Gregory Aitken



Director:  Gregory Aitken
Executive Producer:   Alan Raabe
Production Manager:  Roy Oakman
Production Design and Graphics:  Sue Rado
Asst. Director & Movement Coach:  Michael Hennessy
Lighting Design:  Sunita Bailey
Production Assistant: Cathy McDouall
Music and Soundscape Design:  Michael Hennessy and Alex Benham



The Incorruptible reviews

AUSTRALIAN STAGE – 31st January, 2017

Australian Stage|-the-drill-hall-company.html

THE LENNOX WAVE – 7th February 2017

The Lennox Wave


The Incorruptible Byron Shire Echo Interview with Mandy Nolan and Director, Gregory Aitken – 18 January 2017

Byron Shire Echo


In the Media

The Northern Star & Byron Shire News – 25th January 2017

Northern Star

Byron Shire News




GREGORY AITKEN and LOUIS NOWRA, a sporting life

a4-greg-copyIn 1974 Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister of Australia, Joh Bjelke-Petersen, premier of Queensland and I had my first professional acting job. ‘Hot Line, Cool Image’ directed by Derek Nicholson. The show toured high schools in NSW, with six black and white TV sets presenting live what was being performed on stage. ‘Hot Line’ was agitating for student involvement in decision making in schools and toured for 10 months. They were exciting times to be a young Australian in the arts.

By 1977 Gough was the Opposition Leader and Malcolm Fraser the Prime Minister and I was doing fringe theatre and occasional film work. The dream was over. So I started a cricket team, The Ten Past Eleven. It flourished for more than two decades. My intimate associate of that time called the Ten Past, ‘a team of failed actors and film directors’. That was harsh.

In the mid-to-late eighties, the playwright Louis Nowra joined The Ten Past Eleven. Louis was a good medium pace swing bowler. In Louis’ book on the test cricketer, Shane Warne, his insight into the psychology of the champion leg spinner could also be applied to his time in a team of artisan park cricketers.

“Warne found in the team’s unabashed chauvinism a sense of community and an ethos of what it means to be Australian. It may be old-fashioned to some, but to him and his team-mates it is a powerful bond … psychologically to protect him when it seemed that the world outside the dressing room and off the field was out to get him.

Before and after the share market collapse of 1987 I was a financial planner (a bankster according to actor/activist and Patron of the DHTC, Tony Barry), making enough money to start a temporarily well-heeled bohemian lunch club where we could dine well, gossip, drink G & T’s and good wine. Louis and I were the mainstays of the lunch club. Eventually, Louis left the Ten Past Eleven to complete his writing  projects. I semi-retired from cricket to renovate a house in Newtown before eventually moving to the Northern Rivers in December 1992, surprisingly to work again, as a professional actor (1993 – 95). The acting work dried up, no surprise there and I ventured into theatre and venue management at NORPA and then with the building of the Byron Community Centre.

At the 2000 Byron Writer’s Festival, Louis invited the Ten Past leg spinner and actor Ned Manning and myself to lunch at his cabin with a bunch of literary sophisticates including Anne Summers. Bubbles, nibbles, good cheer all round but damn the Wallabies were playing the All Blacks at 12.30 in Kiwi land. Ned and I asked the Melbourne born Louis if we could switch on the TV. “Yeah, but keep the sound down.” We devised a plot where I would watch for ten minutes then report back to Ned. We would then reverse roles.

The All Blacks were leading up until the 78th minute when the Wallabies won a line out against the throw and in the following play received a penalty. Wallabies captain John Eales looked for his goal kicker Stirling Mortlock but he was on the sideline. Eales (nicked named ‘Nobody’ because ‘nobody’s perfect’) had to kick the goal for victory. Ned and I were beside ourselves. Decorum flew out the window with the TV’s volume turned up. The sophisticates and Louis could not avoid the intense build up of dramatic tension in the cabin. The whole party was enveloped by the images emanating from the set. Eales of course kicked the winning goal. Australia 24 New Zealand 23! The literary types instantly transformed into rugby buggers and huggers. A wonderful moment of joy and triumph.

Unwittingly, Louis helped to create one of my favourite sporting moments, serendipitously at a cultural event. I am hoping to return the favour theatrically, if Louis and his wife Mandy Sayer manage to see our production while on holiday. With a terrific cast and crew I have little doubt that we will kick the winning goal and there will be cheers and hugs.  Wonderful moments of joy and triumph.



DSC_6685Kasadevi first stepped on the stage at the tender age of 12 right here at the Drill Hall. Since then she has appeared in productions for the Pacific Players, The Drill Hall Theatre Company, The Byron Theatre Company, the Lismore Theatre Company, Fourth Wall Productions & Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. She has also performed in various short films & television commercials but definitely prefers the stage!!We last saw her here as Titania in the hugely successful 2014 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

We last saw her here as Titania in the hugely successful 2014 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream.

The role of Louise is an incredible journey & Kasadevi has relished the challenge. She is excited to be involved in a production that is both funny & sad but also asks the audience to think about the state of the world today.  And hey who wouldn’t want to be the only girl in a cast full of men…??



I wasa4-chris-copy born in Manatee County, Florida, USA. The Deep South where Baptists, gators, bob cats and the KKK rule. My family owned the local drugstore [chemist] with a diner and grocer attached, it was the centre of town and as a child I remember a sign over the diner entrance “ Take away only for Blacks”. My mother told me stories of how she found her fathers KKK uniform in his closet.

It was my great, great grandfather, Dr John Pelot that signed the bill to secede Florida from the Union and was instrumental in forming The Confederate States of America.

My mother was considered a black sheep in her family for her left wing politics, supporting Martin Luther King and daring to be an atheist. Currently, she is married to a famous Australian  Aboriginal artist Gordon Syron.

We came to Australia in 1971 and I remember how hard it was to understand anybody and vice versa with our strong southern drawl. I am a proud gay man and have three gay sisters.  I am now a proud father to my beautiful daughter Ginger, her mother being Karla Dickens a famous indigenous artist.

I have devoted my life to travel and have been in 36 countries and speak 5 languages[ish]. I love performing using various accents as I have a vary versatile tongue [no pun intended].

I was always interested in theatre and show business and my mother seemed to be surrounded by all the colourful types. At one stage she was going out with the playwright Steve J Spears and I got the gig being the poster boy for “ The Elocution of Benjamin Franklin”. I did a few TV commercials and a few live gigs with Gabrielle Cary and Kathy Lette, the girls who wrote “Puberty Blues”.Most recently I have become involved with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, performing in various cabaret comedy shows and did a one man stand up comedy performance at the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Being involved with the play ”THE INCORRUPTIBLE” is extremely rewarding, not only getting to work with brilliant actors and director Gregory Aitken, but also to portray the dirty side of racist politics in Australia.

Most recently I have become involved with The Drill Hall Theatre Company, performing in various cabaret comedy shows and did a one man stand up comedy performance at the Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival. Being involved with the play ”THE INCORRUPTIBLE” is extremely rewarding, not only getting to work with brilliant actors and director Gregory Aitken, but also to portray the dirty side of racist politics in Australia.



a4-james-copyJames was brought up in Melbourne by multinationalist parents and is grateful to have been born in Australia. He has lived in many places all over the country since then. He has also travelled extensively overseas and has lived to tell many a tale. Travelling from Europe through the Middle East and then crossing the Khyber Pass from Afghanistan to travel through Peshawar and Pakistan was a great precursor to experiencing India, a place he adores and has visited many times.

After school and university, he qualified as an engineer, but that short-lived career finished abruptly when many of his co-workers were crushed by a large slab of concrete. It was a huge public scandal and extremely traumatic for him. The senior engineer was blamed and the suppliers of the faulty scaffolding were never held to account. Since then he has studied everything under the sun to try to find out what’s going on, only to realise how little can actually be known. But he enjoys making what he hopes are educated guesses.

Of all the many jobs and occupations he has been involved with, landscape gardening was his favourite. It allowed him to commune with nature and be extremely fit and healthy. Some of the beautiful and talented women with whom he has had relationships were actors, and it was one of them who dragged him in front of the camera for the first time. He trained extensively and became a competent screen actor and narrator. After gaining a degree in Graphic Design and doing a stint in the advertising industry he became a film-maker and has made many short and long independent productions. Funding for major projects continued and continues, to elude him. He is now focusing on script writing and is adapting a sensationalist low budget, blockbuster script into a novel of dubious quality to ensure ownership of the content.

When first starting out in the industry he found stage acting daunting but is now finding it extremely satisfying and enjoyable. He is thoroughly enjoying his involvement in ‘The Incorruptible’ and is fascinated and entertained by the way the Director, Cast and Crew are bringing it to such a high standard of production and performance. He knows ‘The Incorruptible’ is going to be a great show.

After living in rural Victoria and working in mental health for ten years he is delighted to be finally living in the northern rivers region, but is concerned that inappropriate development will destroy the local ambience. He reckons the proposed Butler Street road works are destructively futile and that any town bypass should actually bypass the town, not go through it. Surely a road west of Byron, linking Ewingsdale Road and Bangalow Road, would serve the purpose of diverting traffic around Byron and also service the proposed West Byron development.

As a technologist and inventor he holds two patents and has developed a method of protection against mobile phone radiation. He wonders why technology is so often used to our detriment rather than for our benefit. He is disappointed that falsely inflated costings are being used to prevent coal being replaced by solar-thermal and is worried that continued large-scale mining and use of fossil fuels will bring calamity to us all. He is hopeful that financial, political and corporate philosophy will evolve to ensure that in the future natural systems will be protected and we will once again have access to clean air, water and food. He believes a hydrogen economy would be the best way to achieve this while maintaining our luxurious standard of living.



a4-lawrie-copyMy first theatrical involvement dates back to 1984 where I was a lighting technician for the production of “Oh What A Lovely War” directed by Christopher Ross Smith at New England University.

I assisted with a wide range of productions during the late 1980s at UNE and this lead to my first acting roles with Splinters – Theatre of Spectacle in the 1990s in Canberra; notably parts in “whirled on a fatal flaw” and “winter of the rutting moon”. This culminated in a two-person performance completely of my own poetry called “The Westie” that was performed at the Festival of Contemporary Theatre at Gorman House in Canberra in early naughties.

Upon my return to Lismore, my home town, I joined Lismore Theatre company and performed in dozens of shows of all shapes sizes from Macbeth to Lovepuke. During this period I was secretary of the company for five years and president for one.

I have also worked professionally as an actor for NORPA and in a few television commercials.

For all that – my day job is as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, my practice is in Lismore. That’s Australia for you. Who can make a living in the arts? Most of us do it for the love of the form. This show is blessed with some great acting talent, that I’m humbled to join.

Please enjoy.



A4 Grey copyGray knew at an early age that he wanted to be an actor, he attended The Shopfront Theatre for Young People in Carlton in Sydney as well as the Young Peoples Drama Studio attached to the Phillip Street Theatre in Martin Place and Central Casting.

A small role in the Pilot for A Country Practice was cut before broadcasting preparing him early for work in the acting community. TV commercials and bit parts in tv shows during the 80’s didn’t pay the bills so he left the industry for several years.

On arriving in Lismore he joined the Lismore Theatre Company where he has done multiple shows in multiple aspects since 1991. He has appeared on The Drill Halls stage in 1995 as Major Thomas in Breaker Morant.

Gray did a few TV commercials in the late noughties and a few live shows in Brisbane. Since returning to the Northern Rivers region he has rejoined the Community theatre… um… community and accepts the typecasting as Coogan the Drunk – he calls it Methadone Acting.



After many years away from the theatre – 18 to be exact! – I am so happy to be designing the next production at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullumbimby. My husband, John is also returning to the theatre, after almost as many years, playing one of the leads.

Overlapping images projected on black will set the scenes for this fast-moving classic Australian play.

Louis Nowra wrote The Incorruptible in 1995 and it was known as his ‘Hanson play’ – 20 years later it still resonates.

This political exposé takes us on a journey from a plush Brisbane hotel to the burning cane fields of Queensland and on to a crusade to Canberra.

Nowra is an original, and prolific writer whose work always has integrity. The earth does cry in this play, though you may be laughing even at the end… This is an enjoyable, at times unnerving, and satisfying theatre experience.” – Frank McKone, Canberra Critics’ Circle

The Incorruptible opens on Australia Day 2017.



Sue Rado (van Kempen)


1984 – 1986   Sydney College of the Arts – Post Graduate Diploma – Ceramic Sculpture
1979 – 1982   Sydney College of the Arts – Visual Arts Degree – Ceramic Sculpture & Photography


2016   (Jun) Budapest Restaurant, Elsternwick, VIC – ‘Changing Perspective’
2015   (Aug) Woolloongabba Art Gallery (WAG Upstairs), Brisbane, QLD – ‘Changing Perspective’
2015   (Jan) Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, NSW – ‘Changing Perspective’
2012   (Nov) Innio Gallery, Budapest – ‘Overview’
1987   James Hardy Showcase, Sydney Selected by Craft Australia Magazine
1987   Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Sydney – ‘Three Young Ceramists’
1987   The Pier Gallery, Sydney – Post Graduate Exhibition
1986   Irving Sculpture Gallery, Sydney – ‘Transformations’
1981    Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney – Graduate Exhibition


2016   Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery – ‘7th District Rainforest’
2016   Byron Arts Classic – ‘Topknot in the Window’
2015   Byron Arts Classic – 2nd Prize Photography – ‘Flat Rock meets VIII Ker’
2014   Border Art Prize, Tweed Regional Gallery – ‘Tierras’
2014   Ocean Shores Art Expo – ‘Shadow of a Memory’
2014   Byron Arts Classic – SOLD – ‘Overview’
2013   Postcards of Lennox Head – Highly Commended
1999   20th District, Budapest, Local Council Photography Competition – 3rd prize


2015 from ‘Changing Perspective’
9 in private collections
3 Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School

Sculptural pieces
Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, Australia
Union Bank of Switzerland, Sydney
Baker & McKenzie Lawyers office, Sydney & Melbourne


1987   Craft/Arts Magazine
1987   Craft Australia
1987   Pottery in Australia
1986   Sydney Morning Herald
1981   Craft Australia

Theatre Design

Set Design
1998   Agatha Christie: Towards Zero – International Buda Stage, Budapest, Hungary
1994   Dorothy Hewitt: A Chapel Perilous – New Theatre, Sydney
1993   David Williamson: Sons of Cain – New Theatre, Sydney
1993   Bob Ellis: The Legend of King O’Malley – New Theatre, Sydney
1991   Anton Chekhov: The Proposal – Voices Theatre, Sydney

Costume Design
1998   Agatha Christie: Towards Zero – International Buda Stage, Budapest, Hungary
1996   Shakespeare: Hamlet – New Theatre, Sydney
1996   John Guare: Six Degrees of Separation – Zenith Theatre, Sydney
1996   A Night at the Concert – New Theatre, Sydney
1994   Shakespeare: King Lear – New Theatre, Sydney


In rehearsal ...........

Collage #2






johnphotographs by John McCormick