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WEDNESDAY 9 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, OLE FALCO Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM SLIM PICKENS, 8PM CHELSEA SKYEATER Q BYRON THEATRE 6.30PM WHO GETS TO BE SMART: BRI LEE IN CONVERSATION WITH COURTNEY MILLER Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 8.30PM SARAH GRANT Q MIDDLE PUB, MULLUMBIMBY, 6.30PM MUSICAL BINGO Q MULLUMBIMBY EX-SERVICES CLUB 7PM ‘D’ UKE NIGHT Q TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS, THE STAGE 3PM VINTAGE RADIO ROCK ‘N ROLL
THURSDAY 10 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, ADAM HOLE DUO Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM LOKI & SAM, 8PM SWAMP CATS TRIO Q BYRON THEATRE 7PM GYAN – RETROSPECTIVE Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q KARKALLA, BYRON BAY, MISS RENEE SIMONE Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 5PM OLE FALCO, 8.30PM BRETT GANNON Q WANDANA BREWING CO., MULLUMBIMBY, 5.30PM OPEN MIC Q COOLANGATTA HOTEL 3PM JASON DELPHIN, 7.30PM RICK BARRON DUO Q LENNOX HOTEL HOTEL STAGE 8.30PM JAM NIGHT
FRIDAY 11 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, EPIC Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 3PM DAVY SIMONE, 6PM JORDAN MAC, 8PM CC DISCO Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 4PM MARK CHAPMAN, 7.30PM BENNY ODWYER Q WANDANA BREWING CO., MULLUMBIMBY, 4.30PM DJ JORGE PATRICINIO Q BALLINA RSL LEVEL ONE 9.30AM MORNING MELODIES WITH DEAN DOYLE, BOARDWALK 6PM DENNIS WILSON Q LISMORE WORKERS CLUB 7.30PM BEN NOY AMI Q THE CITADEL, MURWILLUMBAH, ISOBEL KNIGHT EP LAUNCH FEAT. DEE Q REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH, 6PM BALCONY SESSIONS WITH MYKAELA JAY
Q KINGSCLIFF BEACH BOWLS 5PM ADAM BROWN Q TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS, THE SHOWROOM 8PM JIMEOIN, THE STAGE 9PM PINKSTA & SWAUSSYFIRE Q COOLANGATTA HOTEL 12PM CASEY FOGG, 4.30PM STRICTLY ACOUSTIC, 9.30PM AGENT 77
SATURDAY 12 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, HARRY NICHOLS BAND Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 1PM BEN WHITING, 4PM MIGHTY MAX FOG, 6.30PM ASHER BEAU, 8.45PM AUSTIN MACKAY, 10.45PM KESMAR Q HOTEL BRUNSWICK 7PM BEN JANSZ Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q FAIRTALE STUDIO – ARTS AND INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BYRON BAY, 5.30PM HOUSE OF BLISS – BHAKTI EMERGING Q FOXY LUU’S, BYRON BAY, 5.30PM GROOVE & BAO – WILL HENDERSON Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 7.30PM OOZ Q BANGALOW BOWLO 7PM MULLUMBIBY FOLK ORCHESTRA WITH SPECIAL GUEST ARTE GITANA FLAMENCO Q WANDANA BREWING CO., MULLUMBIMBY, 3PM DJS SI CLONE & JEZ Q MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL 7.30PM SHAI SHRIKI Q BALLINA RSL BOARDWALK 6PM SEBASTIAAN Q LISMORE SHOWGROUND 8PM LET’S DANCE! TROPICAL FRUITS JUNE PARTY Q MARY G’S, LISMORE, 9.30PM ISAAC FRANKHAM Q MURWILLUMBAH SERVICES CLUB 6.30PM JORGE PEREIRA Q REGENT CINEMA, MURWILLUMBAH, 8PM CHARLIE CHAPLIN LIVE CINEMA – BEN WALSH AND SHENZO GRIGORIO Q KINGSCLIFF BEACH BOWLS 5PM MARK RIDOUT Q KINGSCLIFF BEACH HOTEL 7PM THELMA PLUM Q SHEOAK SHACK, FINGAL HEAD, 7PM GAVIN DONIGER Q TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS, THE STAGE 6PM RUSSELL SPROUT, 9PM RADIO CITY Q COOLANGATTA HOTEL 12PM JASON SHEPARD, 4.30PM STEVEN MICHAEL, 9.30PM REMEDY Q CLUB BANORA 6PM RUSSELL SPROUT
SUNDAY 13 Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 8PM CARAVANA SUN, 10PM IN THE FLOWERS Q BYRON THEATRE 12.30PM GLOBAL BEATS BYRON BAY 2021
Q HOTEL BRUNSWICK 4PM BEARFOOT Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 8.30PM FELIX Q WANDANA BREWING CO., MULLUMBIMBY, 3PM WILL HENDERSON Q BALLINA RSL LEVEL ONE 12PM PIANO LOUNGE Q ST ANDREWS ANGLICAN CHURCH, LISMORE, 3PM VOX CALDERA Q CHILLINGHAM MARKET THE LAST MINUTE Q TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS, THE STAGE 7PM DEZZIE D & THE SINGRAYZ Q COOLANGATTA HOTEL 12PM STEPHEN GREEN, 5PM LISA HUNT Q CHINDERAH TAVERN 3PM REMEDY Q MEVLANA HALL, MYOCUM, 3PM HARMONIUM CHOIR & SHRINE RIVER KIRTAN Q CLUB LENNOX 4PM MARSHALL OKELL
MONDAY 14 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, STEPHEN LOVELIGHT Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM ALISHA TODD, 8PM BEN WHITING & THE PACIFIC NATIONALS Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 8.30PM SARAH GRANT
TUESDAY 15 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, STEVE TYSON Q BEACH HOTEL, BYRON BAY, 5PM KRISTIE LEE, 8PM 898 Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 8.30PM THE GIN BUGGS Q A&I HALL, BANGALOW, 7PM BANGALOW THEATRE COMPANY – RENT Q TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS, THE SHOWROOM 10.30AM THE DISNEY STORY
WEDNESDAY 16 Q RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON BAY, MARSHALL OKELL Q PALACE CINEMAS, BYRON BAY, GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL Q SALTWATER SOCIAL CLUB, BYRON BAY, 8.30PM MARK CHAPMAN Q A&I HALL, BANGALOW, 7PM BANGALOW THEATRE COMPANY – RENT Q MIDDLE PUB, MULLUMBIMBY, 6.30PM MUSICAL BINGO Q DRILL HALL THEATRE, MULLUMBIMBY, 7.30PM GREENS EVENT: PREVIEW – SWITZERLAND
THRILLER AT THE DRILL The Drill Hall Theatre Company are about to open the curtain on their latest play, Switzerland, a psychological drama written by Joanna Murray-Smith. Starring veteran actor Liz Chance and newbie, Charlie Burton, this is a unique story that unravels between the reclusive writer Patricia Highsmith and Edward, the young man sent to woo her back to her publisher. Directed by Toni Scanlon, this is an intense psychological thriller perfect for a cold winter’s night!
From a Director’s point of view the play had immediate appeal. ‘Patricia Highsmith has always fascinated me since reading The Talented Mr. Ripley many years ago,’ says Toni. ‘I read a biography on her a few years ago and could not put it down. She is at once loathsome and brilliant. Joanna Murray-Smith has written a fictional play about her in the style of Highsmith herself – a very dark and sometimes funny psychological drama. Her dialogue is swift and smart and that is very appealing.’ The play is leveraged on the tension between the two actors, with a disturbing intimacy that builds throughout the piece. ‘There’s an intimacy there – and as a writer she understands the relationship between the writer and her characters. I think she has given us a chance to understand a little of this in this play. On top of that, we have Patricia Highsmith, who was a very complicated, terrifying, bigoted, reclusive, homophobic lesbian, and collector of snails. An irresistible character for a writer!’ Celebrated actor Liz Chance steps in as Patricia Highsmith. The role is a gift for a senior actor. ‘When I first read Switzerland I was blown away. I’m a big fan of Joanna Murray-Smith and I thought straight away this was one of her best. She doesn’t sugarcoat Highsmith, rather she reveals her as a grumpy, pugnacious, racist, miserly, paranoid, homophobic lesbian, who was potentially sociopathic like her most famous creation, Tom Ripley. What’s not to love? But in another way it is also a love letter to writing itself. The text is brilliant. Any actor would kill to play this role.’ What Liz loves most is playing a character that is a mass of contradictions ‘A famous anti-Semite who nevertheless surrounded herself with Jewish lovers, friends and business partners, all lasting forty years or more; she realised by the age of twelve she was a boy in a girl’s body, but she hated women because they ‘allowed’ themselves to be treated as second class citizens, yet fell in love with them constantly. Murder obsessed her as an expression of power and she saw love in the same way. [It was] all started by her mother who first abandoned her at three months old after attempting to abort her. Plays about nice people are boring. How the audience feel about her is their business. Nothing to do with me, not in the job description.’ Liz is joined on stage by Charlie Burton, a 20 year old who returned from Melbourne to play the lead male. ‘When I got the chance to play Edward opposite Liz I jumped at the chance’ said Charlie. ‘Working with Liz and Toni has been an incredible opportunity.’ Charlie had made it to the final 15 at the NIDA auditions when WHO GETS TO BE SMART Liz’s daughter found out BRI LEE IN CONVERSATION he was from Mullumbimby Byron Writers Festival and asked if he’d consider Wednesday 9 June, 6.30pm auditioning for the role. So Charlie escaped Melbourne’s GYAN lockdown and instead RETROSPECTIVE Celebrating 30 years of Gyan’s music has been in a Switzerland Thursday 10 June, 7pm lockdown!
Switzerland previews on Wednesday 16 June at the Drill Hall as a fundraiser for the Byron Greens. It then runs 18 June–4 July. Discover vouchers can be used; for tix go to drillhalltheatre.org.au
CORRECTION Last week’s interview with Bri Lee was excellent but she did not speak to Kerry O’Brien, she actually spoke to Mandy Nolan.
SHE IS THE OCEAN
9 inspiring women share one love: The deep love for the Ocean Friday 11 June, 7.30pm
FOLLIES BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM
NT Live Encore Screening Saturday 12 June, 11.30am
CITIZEN KANE 80TH ANNIVERSARY SOIRÉE A Three Lords Special Event Saturday 12 June, 4pm
Arrive early and enjoy a drink at the Theatre Bar
The Gig Guide is supported by Byron Music
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Free, independent weekly newspaper from the Byron Shire, on the Far North Coast of NSW, Australia.