Songs for the Soul

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.
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Please note, this is an adults-only event.
The audience is limited to 50 people so get in quick..
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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

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.

www.alicenight.com

Sophia Tuv

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.

www.sophiatuv.com


These are very strange and uncertain times.

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.

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We are excited and honoured to share this space with you.

With love Alice & Sophia

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Women’s Theatre Project

‘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.
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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!
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Any profits from this production will be donated to The SHIFT Project in Byron Bay which supports women moving from homelessness to independence.
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Here is the link for the event.
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The performance lasts 80 minutes with no interval
COVID REQUIREMENTS
The theatre will be at half capacity.
Masks need to be worn.
Everyone will need to sign in.
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Peter Hunt & Friends

Peter Hunt and Friends at the Mullumbimby Drill Hall

POSTPONED TO A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

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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.
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This special concert is in celebration of Peter Hunt’s album, Vessel.
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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.
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The album can be heard here: https://peterhunt.bandcamp.com/releases
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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.
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Local musical treasure and one half of the group, the Imprints, Linden Lester will be on bass, bringing his foundational feel to the songs.
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The creativity of the evening shall also involve the inspiration of other special guests, to be announced.
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For further information ring Peter on 0421 519 030
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SWITZERLAND

SWITZERLAND by Joanna Murray-Smith
17 September – 3 October

SWITZERLAND POSTPONED YET AGAIN

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.


THE PLAY

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”.


BayFMArts Canvass Podcast – 3 June 2021

 


AUSTRALIANSTAGE REVIEW OF SWITZERLAND

https://www.australianstage.com.au/202106229268/reviews/sydney/switzerland-%7C-drill-hall-theatre-company.html


Quotes from those who have seen the show

‘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.’


PLAYWRIGHT

JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH

Joanna Murray-Smith is one of our outstanding Australian playwrights and has had 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.”

PLAYS

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)

NOVELS

Truce (1994) Judgement Rock (2002) Sunnyside (2005)

OTHER

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)

AWARDS

  • 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

DIRECTOR

TONI SCANLAN

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 includes Hearts & 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.


CAST

LIZ CHANCE

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 PracticeHome & AwayWater RatsBlue HeelersRafferty’s RulesG.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 Kidney by Tommy Murphy (2018)In 2020 she was appointed as the theatre’s Artistic Director, and most recently directed the return (sold-out) season of SHIT by Patricia Cornelius, marking the return of live theatre after Covid.

Liz is delighted to play Patricia Highsmith in Joanna Murray-Smith’s Switzerland.

CHARLIE BURTON

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

Producer
Liz Chance
Stage Manager
Briony Dalton
Lighting
Geoffrey Moon
Sound
David Steward
Lighting Design
Alex Benham
Sound Design
Adam Booth
Props and Set Decoration
Natalie Holt
Set Design
Toni Appleton
Set Construction
Toni Appleton, Alex Benham, Geoffrey Moon
Publicity, Promotion & Marketing
Chris Benaud, Michael Borenstein, Mandy Nolan, Alex Benham
Poster
Toni Scanlan, Syd Geary
Photography Kate Holmes
Front of House Manager Michael Borenstein

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


The Echo

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 HeelersWater RatsTender Hooks) under the direction of multi award-winning actor Toni Scanlan (Stop GirlDreamlandWater 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 

Talented mr ripley.jpg 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!

Hot Shorts 2022

Attention Would-Be HOT SHORTS 2022 Playwrights

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 drillhalltheatre@gmail.com letting us know if you plan to enter HOT SHORTS 2022 and also if you interested in participating in the workshop.

Membership

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 drillhalltheatre@gmail.com 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 drillhalltheatre@gmail.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
BSB 722-744
Account# 100003473

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Please include ‘Membership and Your Name‘ as a reference.  You will receive a receipt indicating that your membership has been accepted.

Membership Form (Associate) DHTC 2021

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Theatre Workshops with Liz Chance

APPLICATIONS FOR THEATRE WORKSHOP WITH LIZ CHANCE

Introductory Course in acting techniques

Saturdays 20th March to 8th May, 9:30-12:30

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 liz_chance@yahoo.com.au  for further details and to see if there are still spaces available.

Byron Shire Echo – February 10 2021

Covid-19 Requirements at the Drill Hall

REGISTERING ATTENDANCE

A condition on entering the Drill Hall is the willingness of participants to register attendance.  The preferred option is using the Drill Hall QR Code.  If participants do not have a smartphone, a friend may register their attendance.  If this is not practical then the organiser should be asked about an alternative method of registration.

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/covid-safe-check-customers-faqs


CLASSES

All venues may move to the one person per 2sqm rule meaning classes of up to 51 participants (plus any instructors/assistants) may operate at the Drill Hall as long as the procedures in the COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN are followed.


THEATRE EVENTS

All events to revert to the 4 square metre rule (25 persons)

For Ticketed Theatre Events, where ticketholders are assigned to seating, tickets can be sold to 100% capacity of the theatre.  For the Drill Hall, this means an audience of 103 in the auditorium.  Physical distancing is still required and the COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN must be followed.

Non-ticketed events may operate if they can adhere to the one person per 2 square metre rule and the 1.5-metre physical distancing rule.  For the Drill Hall, this means a restriction of no more than 51 persons in the auditorium.  Procedures in the COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN must be followed.


What’s in the Covid-19 Safety Plan?

Byron Shire Council managed halls have reopened post based on the NSW Government’s Covid-19 Safety Plan for Community Centres and Halls.  The safety plan includes the following:

THEATRE EVENTS

  • The exclusion of staff, volunteers and visitors who are unwell or who have been in identified Covid-19 hotspots in the last 14 days.
  • Ensuring conditions of entry of the Drill Hall are on display.
  • All participants register their attendance. The preferred option is the use of the Drill Hall QR code but where this is not practical, alternative registration is provided.
  • Ensuring all touched surfaces are cleaned first with detergent and water, then with disinfectant, at the conclusion of any activity.
  • Ensuring capacity does not exceed the number allowed for the activity.
  • Ensuring that participants are aware of the 1.5 metres physical distancing rule and apply this where practical.
  • Ensuring there are no deliberate body contact activities.
  • Having strategies in place to manage gatherings that may occur immediately outside the premises.
  • Ensuring toilets have strategies in place to reduce crowding and promote social distancing.
  • The adoption of good hand hygiene practices. Ensuring hand sanitiser is accessible at the venue entry and elsewhere in the facility.
  • Ensuring bathrooms are well stocked with hand soap and paper towels.
  • Ensuring that where food is provided that one person be allocated to serve and this person should practise hand hygiene before and after service.
  • Reducing sharing of equipment where practical and ensuring equipment is cleaned with detergent and disinfectant between use.
  • The regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for longer activities).
  • Making your staff aware of the COVIDSafe app and its benefits to support contact tracing, if required.
  • Ensuring cooperation with NSW Health if contacted in relation to a positive case of COVID-19 and notify SafeWork NSW on 13 10 50.

CLASSES

Classes of up to 51 participants can resume at the Drill Hall as long as the following procedures are followed.

  • If you are sick or feeling even slightly unwell please go home immediately and do not enter the Drill Hall.
  • Use hand sanitiser on entry and practise hand hygiene at all times.
  • All participants register their attendance. The preferred option is the use of the Drill Hall QR code but where this is not practical, alternative registration is provided.
  • The number of persons allowed in the Drill Hall at any one time is 25 class participants plus up to 5 instructors/helpers.
  • You still need to keep a social distance of 1.5 metres at all times.
  • Bring your own water bottle. In the interest of public health, the kitchen will usually be closed.
  • if you are involved in aerobic activities bring your own towel.
  • Bring your own equipment (where practical).
  • If equipment is shared it must be disinfected between users.
  • Any equipment kept at the Drill Hall must be disinfected before being stored.
  • Remember that the Covid-19 app, COVISSafe has been designed to speed up contacting people exposed to the coronavirus. It can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

The latest Covid-19 regulations as they apply to the Drill Hall can be found here

https://www.nsw.gov.au/media-releases/covid-19-restrictions-to-ease-but-compliance-must-increase

The following links also provide information on COVID-Safe Plans required, although venue capacity numbers quoted are no longer relevant.

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/industry-guidelines/community-centres-and-halls

https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/covid-safe/cinemas-theatres-concert-halls-drive-cinemas

Ticket Sales

THE DRILL HALL THEATRE COMPANY

SWITZERLAND by Joanna Murray-Smith
(RETURN SEASON)
17 September – 3 October
CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS MEANS SWITZERLAND
HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 


VISITING EVENTS

 

Alice Night & Sophia Tuv
SONGS FOR THE SOUL

Friday 20 August @ 7:30pm

CURRENT COVID RESTRICTIONS MEANS SONGS OF THE SOUL
HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE 

 

SHIT

by Patricia Cornelius

12 – 28 March 2021

When a woman swears, or spits, or screams, or shouts, laughs too loudly, or fights, really fights, or fucks too much and wears too much lipstick or none at all, all we want to do is lock her up or cross the street. 

Out of control women are a sight to behold. They’re terrifying, electrifying, and everything that women shouldn’t be or so we’re told. This is the story about three such women. Their names are Billy, Bobby and Sam, and you will never forget them. 

After a sell-out season in 2019, Patricia Cornelius’s multi-award-winning play SHIT returns to the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre by public demand on 1228 March 2021. Staring Claire Atkins, Kate Foster and Kate Horsley. Reimagined and directed by Liz Chance, with sound design by Paul Pilsneniks, choreography by Kate Holmes and lighting design by Tone Wand.

Video clip thanks to Brett Stephens of Six-Sixty Productions


PLAYWRIGHT


Patricia Cornelius

Patricia Cornelius is an Australian playwright, screenwriter and novelist.

Her play, SHIT was presented at the 2017 Sydney Festival, following its Melbourne premiere with the Melbourne Theatre Company, and is a four-time Green Room Award winner, including Best Writer.

Her play Savages won the Victorian Premiers Award for Drama in 2014 and the Green Room Award for Writing, and was nominated for an AWGIE and the Griffin Prize. Over her career Patricia has written more than 30 plays including Big Heart, Do Not Go Gentle, The Call, Slut, Love, Fever, Boy Overboard, and Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? (co-written with Andrew Bovell, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas, and Irene Vela.)  Her most recent plays have been, The House of Bernarda Alba, produced in June 2018 at the Melbourne Theatre Company and In the Club, which premiered in 2018 at the Adelaide Arts Festival.

Other playwriting awards include the Victorian and NSW Premiers’ Literary Awards (2011), Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Richard Wherrett Prize, Wal Cherry Prize and nine AWGIES for stage, community theatre and theatre for young people. She won the Australian Writers’ Foundation Playwriting Award (2015), a Patrick White Fellowship (2012), a Fellowship from the Australia Council’s Theatre Board, as well as the AWGIE Major Award three times.  In 2018 she was the winner of the Mona Brand Award.  She is a founding member of Melbourne Workers’ Theatre.

Patricia co-wrote the feature film adaptation, Blessed, based on the play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class, (for which she also won an AWGIE) and she is currently developing a feature film.

Her novel My Sister Jill, was published by Random House.

On the 14th March 2019, Cornelius was among eight international writers to win the Windham-Campbell prize, worth $165,000 awarded by Yale University in the USA. The judges’ notes say her work “channels the power of resisting received literary tradition in order to open up a space where the lives of characters on the margins can become vessels of universal truths.”


DIRECTOR

Liz Chance

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. In 2020 Liz came out of retirement and was appointed Artistic Director of the Drill Hall Theatre Company, and she is thrilled to be teaching and directing again.


CAST

Claire Atkins

Claire Atkins is a multi-disciplinary artist with a keen interest in screen and theatre production.

She has written, directed and produced a number of short films and documentaries including, One Little Room, The Adventures of Max & Lil, The Super Fantastical Delicious and Magical Illustrated World of Tamsin Ainslie, and No Bloody Way. Acting highlights for stage include SHIT and The Call by Patricia Cornelius, and Hotel Sorrento by Hannie Rayson. Most recently she appeared in EDEN on Stan and Deadlock for ABCTV. In 2020 she released her debut album Eternal Return produced by Paul Pilsneniks.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Art Education from The UNSW College of Fine Arts, and in addition to her own studio practice, has worked for many years in a range of arts related fields as a planner for major cultural events and venues, an editor on arts magazines, a publicist, and as a casting assistant for film and television.

Claire is thrilled to be playing the role of Sam in The Drill Hall’s second season of SHIT.


Kate Horsley

Kate Horsley trained at The University of London (Goldsmiths College), where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English Literature, and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts.

She worked as a professional actor in the UK, working largely in repertory theatre, where more often than not, two Shakespeare plays were rehearsed over two weeks and performed over the next four weeks! Only for the young and brave…

Favourite roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As you like it, Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Luciana in The Comedy of Errors, and Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.

On moving to Sydney, Kate played Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Toinette in Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, and directed a production of Twelfth Night to critical acclaim.

On relocating to the Northern Rivers in 2003, Kate took on the most challenging role to date, raising three children under three whilst studying for a Bachelor of Psychology which she completed in 2016.

In 2007 Kate performed in two separate Hot Shorts for Drill Hall Theatre and was enticed back in the 2011 Hot Shorts when she performed in Buy Robot which won the Peg Gloor prize and Best Actor.

Most recently she performed in Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT, and The Call. She is delighted to be performing in The Drill Hall’s second season of SHIT as Bobby.


Kate Foster

Kate Foster’s first acting class with the Basin Theatre Company at the tender age of four, inspired a love of all things theatrical.

17 years of competitive dance saw her as a regular on the stage and lead to a slate of musical theatre credits including The Pirates of Penzance, Oliver, Pippin, Guys and Dolls, Merrily We Roll Along and The Little Prince. An experienced and talented choreographer, she has worked on Rent, Lifes a Circus, and as director/choreographer for A Slice of Saturday Night, Bring Down the House and Avenue Who?

Some of Kate’s performance highlights include SHIT, Dr Faustus, White Paper Flowers, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean and Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth. And her short film credits include Four Past Friday and Axis of Evil.

Kate has a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University and for many years worked as a talent agent for film, television and circus. In 2014, Kate returned to the stage after a sixteen-year hiatus, performing in 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress and Becky Shaw for Drill Hall Theatre Company. In 2019 and 2017 she directed Calamity Jane, and Little Shop of Horrors for the Bangalow Theatre Company, winning Best Director for a Community Theatre Musical at the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards.

Kate is excited to be back on the stage in the challenging and liberating role of Billy.


CREW

Stage Manager:  Cathy McDouall
Sound:  David Steward
Lighting:  Geoffrey Moon

 


CREATIVE TEAM

Production Design:  Claire Atkins
Sound Design:  Paul Pilsneniks
Lighting Design:  Tone Wand
Choreography:  Kate Holmes
Photography:  Kate Holmes
Set Construction:  Luke Atkins & Arien Breeze

 

Photos by Kate Holmes

Interview with Liz Chance and Joanne Shoebridge – 05 March 2021

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/northcoast/programs/breakfast/drill-hall/13215480


Interview with Liz Chance with Karena Wynn-Moylan – 25 February 2021

Byron Shire Echo – 04 March 2021


Byron Shire Echo – 10 February 2021


AUSTRALIAN STAGE REVIEW OF THE 2019 DRILL HALL THEATRE PRODUCTION 

12 May 2019


Photos by Kate Holmes