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W H O WE ARE

This is theatre making country

Dreamland 2016 Image: Kate Holmes


W H O WE ARE

WE ARE NORPA NORPA is a company that makes theatre from the ground up. We take inspiration from the country and culture around us, and we take risks in bringing homegrown stories to life.

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Sure, we program and co-produce works by leading national companies as well, but making original Australian work is at the heart of what we do and why we exist. We love our subscribers, because we know they’re up for an adventure. So for every classic play, we’re comfortable taking them on an experimental journey, as we explore different forms of storytelling, and push new boundaries in how theatre is created. Based in Lismore, on the Northern Rivers of NSW, NORPA is a not-for-profit, led by a small team of theatre professionals, and supported by a generous group of volunteers. Building opportunities, and nurturing local artists, NORPA is proof that small towns have big creative potential.

Dreamland 2016 Image: Kate Holmes

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W H O WE ARE

WE ARE the wIld dog of ausTralian theaTrE While other theatre companies enjoy the safety and comfort that come with domestication, we continue to live on the fringe — hungry, feisty, and ready to pounce on any idea or opportunity that wanders onto our patch. There’s no denying we’ve grown more sophisticated over the years, but our desire to make original theatre and share stories with the Northern Rivers and beyond remains gloriously untamed. This year, we’re venturing even deeper into the wild, as we confront all kinds of animals, truths, and potentially the wilder parts of ourselves. With provoking and challenging performances — plus a few laughs along the way — we’re inviting anyone who’s interested in examining the changing world around us, as well as the emotional landscapes within, to come along. In addition to presenting great shows from around Australia, we’re also making original works that continue NORPA’s mission of developing brave new Australian theatre. Along with Wildskin, a thriller set in local bushland, this Season features Rovers, Wonderbabes and Horses Mouth, three powerful bits of theatre created by NORPA associate artists Caroline Dunphy, Kate McDowell and Kirk Page. This season promises to be another reminder of why theatre is unlike anything else. How at its best, theatre is alive and full of energy, even a little scary — just like a wild dog.

Julian Louis Artistic Director

Image: Lisa Sorgini


C O N T ENTS

Welcome to Season 2018 13 shows, 12 Australian works, 5 premieres and the relief of talking about something other than game of thrones IN THE THEATRE

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Lady Rizo 3 MAR

Peepshow

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22–24 MAR

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23–26 MAY

Resident Alien The Events

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20 & 21 JUL

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17 & 18 AUG

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27–29 SEP & 3–6 OCT

Rovers Wildskin

Image: David Taylor

STUDIO THEATRE

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A Prudent Man 3–5 MAY

[MIS]CONCEIVE 29 & 30 JUN

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND FAMILIES

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360 ALLSTARS 13 & 14 APR

78 Storey Treehouse

ABOUT NORPA AND TICKETING INFO

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Education, Youth & Families

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Your Visit

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21 & 22 JUN

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Buying Tickets

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Red Racing Hood

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Subscription Packages

31 AUG & 1 SEP

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Contact Us

Viral

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12 SEP

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25 & 26 OCT

Big Bad Wolf


N O RPA SEASON 2018

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SAT 3 MAR, 7.30PM

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Sensational … A fierce but kindhearted fusion of comedy, burlesque, performance art and rock ‘n’ roll. The New York Times

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Lady Rizo

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R E D, W H I T E A N D I N D I G O

My love-hate relationship with America.

nation … with no walls, only velvet curtains.

America is a very bad boyfriend but why do I still love him? Are we potentially witnessing the death of the US as we know it?

‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne and chanteuse, Lady Rizo, won her first Grammy in 2010 on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also sings and records with multiplatinum recording artist Moby.

New York Chanteuse superstar Lady Rizo delivers a deeply personal musical eulogy unpacking the feelings for the country she was born in, cut with her trademark humor, wit and soaring voice. Backed by a choice trio, Rizo leads us to our own utopian island

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Lady Rizo Accompanied by her band

Come experience the trademark titillating humour and soulful, soaring voice that has created a cult fan base around the world.


N O RPA SEASON 2018

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THU 22 – SAT 24 MAR, 7:30PM

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Diner & bar from 6pm Lismore City Hall 80 minutes (incl. interval)

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WORLD PREMIERE

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Most suitable to ages 12+

Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work of the highest calibre. Image: Dylan Evans

ArtsHub (on Circa)

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PEEPSHOW

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C I RC A C O N T E M P O R A RY C I RC U S

Escape into the world of Peepshow, a thrilling new creation that infuses world-class contemporary circus with the nostalgia of bygone eras.

astonishing solo acts and tantalising duets that describe a world that’s at once sensual and playful.

Circa has performed in 39 countries to over one million people with standing ovations, rave reviews and sold-out houses across six continents, and Lismore is the first stop for this brand new show before it takes on the world.

From the company that brought you Wunderkammer and Beyond, Peepshow sets the stage for a jaw-dropping night at the theatre. Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble.

Explosive and lyrical, watch as Peepshow delights your eyes with dynamic group acrobatics,

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Director Yaron Lifschitz / Technical Director Jason Organ Costume Design Libby McDonnell / Performed by the Circa Ensemble

P E RFO RMA N C E PA RT N E R


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WED 23 – SAT 26 MAY, 7.30PM

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Diner & bar from 6pm Lismore City Hall 70 minutes (no interval)

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Most suitable to ages 15+

Capsis delivers a truly astonishing account, well realised at every level from the grandest flourish to the smallest gesture. Image: Sarah Walker

Limelight

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Resident Alien

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B Y T I M FO U N TA I N

From his early years as an androgynous nude model in 1930’s London, to finding fame as the first to speak so openly about life as a gay man, there was no-one quite like Quentin Crisp. In Tim Fountain’s Resident Alien, the legendary author of The Naked Civil Servant opens the door to his famously filthy New York apartment for an unforgettable heart to heart about life as only he knows it. Oprah Winfrey, Princess Diana, oral sex — no topic is off limits as Quentin explains, in his inimitable way, how to be happy.

Starring five time Helpmann Award winner Paul Capsis as Crisp, and directed by Green Room Award winner Gary Abrahams, Resident Alien shares Quentin’s unforgettable philosophies, and asks, are they truer today than even he would have imagined?

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Quentin Crisp Paul Capsis / Director Gary Abrahams / Producer Cameron Lukey Set & Costume Designer Romanie Harper / Lighting Designer Rob Sowinski and Bryn Cullen Sound Designer Daniel Nixon


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FRI 20 JUL, 7.30PM & SAT 21 JUL, 2PM & 7.30PM

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Diner & bar from 6pm Lismore City Hall 75 minutes (no interval)

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All ages

C AST

The Events is a superb and unique examination of one victim’s self-destructive desire.

Pianist Luke Byrne

Stage Whispers

Community choirs

The Boy Johnny Carr

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The Events

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A B E LVO I R, M A LT H O U S E T H E AT R E A N D STAT E T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y S O U T H AU ST R A L I A C O - P RO D U C T I O N

We’re in this together. A mesmerising piece of playwriting — generous, compassionate and subtle — The Events was the sleeper hit of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. For this Australian production, the brilliant Catherine McClements is joined by a host of community choirs in an extraordinary blend of theatre and music.

Image: Brett Boardman

Claire Catherine McClements

B Y DAV I D G R E I G D I R EC TO R C L A R E WAT S O N

semi-automatic, this community — and the ideals that formed it — are blown apart. After the event, Claire is left asking the big question: How do we live together knowing it can all come apart in a moment? The Events, in a co-production by the Actors Touring Company, the Young Vic Theatre, Brageteatret and Schauspielhaus Wien, was first performed at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, on 4 August 2013.

Claire is a minister and the director of a choir that meets regularly in a local hall. It’s made up of all sorts, but when a disaffected young man enters the hall and opens fire with a

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By David Greig / Director Clare Watson Composer John Browne / Set & Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham Musical Director Luke Byrne / Fight Choreographer Scott Witt

P E RFO RMA N C E PA RT N E R


N O RPA SEASON 2018

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FRI 17 & SAT 18 AUG, 7.30PM

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WORLD PREMIERE

PAT RO N A DV I C E

All ages

A new contemporary comedy-drama directed by Caroline Dunphy that celebrates the grit and daring of Australian women.

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Rovers

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B Y K AT H E R I N E LYA L L-WAT S O N B E L LO O C R E AT I V E A N D N O R PA P RO D U C T I O N

Australia breeds its women tough – and adventurous. Intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing get behind the wheel and navigate us into risky terrain, journeying through the heart line of their lives and into the hilarious misadventures of the women who made them who they are today. Celebrate the grit and daring of women trailblazers with two of our best-loved actors in the rough and tumble of multiple stories and characters.

Image: Roxanne McDonald

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Rovers comes from the awardwinning Belloo Creative team and is a bold, original work, premiering at NORPA. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this rigorous and poetic work will resonate with audiences of all ages. This project is supported by NORPA, Caroline Dunphy is a NORPA associate artist. This project was supported by Queensland Theatre through the provision of in-kind venues.

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Writer Katherine Lyall-Watson / Director Caroline Dunphy Starring Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing / Dramaturg Kathryn Kelly / Producer Danielle Shankey


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THU 27 – SAT 29 SEP & WED 3 – SAT 6 OCT, 7.30PM

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Diner & bar from 6pm Lismore City Hall 75 minutes (no interval)

Coarse language and adult themes

Joyful and poignant and potent … resulting in a richly engaging and cleverly crafted work. ArtsHub (on NORPA’s Dreamland)

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Wildskin

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A N O R PA P RO D U C T I O N

Darkness exists in the underbelly of every community, and in characters we may have met - a darkness that dwells within us all. Wildskin acknowledges that most of us harbour secret longings for the wild; to escape into nature as a way of finding our true selves, to act upon our craziest impulses and secret desires in order to feel truly alive, to break out of the rut of the everyday in search of adventure. To let oneself go wild is to take a journey into the unknown — far away into the world, and deep into the soul.

Image: Lisa Sorgini

WORLD PREMIERE

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With an all female cast, Wildskin is a celebration of wildness by a bevy of seductively dark clowns through joyous explosions of song and dance — because to be wild at heart is to re-connect to the lost child that was so full of play and wonder. From the makers of NORPA hit shows Railway Wonderland and Dreamland comes this latest work.

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Julian Louis with associate artists including Emma Saunders, Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal, Caroline Dunphy, Darcy Grant, Janis Balodis, Kate McDowell and designer Charlotte Haywood. Featuring Viviane Frehner (pictured) / Music by Ben Walsh and Shenzo Gregory


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THU 3 – SAT 5 MAY, 7.30PM

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Most suitable to ages 15+ Strong language and adult themes A masterclass will be held on Saturday

Profound and gripping viewing for all. Theatre People Image: Pier Carthew

ST U D IO THEATRE

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A Prudent Man

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LAB KELPIE

We can’t all be king… A conservative politician, a leader, a man in a snappy suit, an athlete in a bad tracksuit — meet A Prudent Man. A well-groomed, confident-looking man enters the room and sits on a comfortable and expensive-looking leather chair. A bright light shines on him. There’s water and a glass on the table, but that’s all. Perhaps this is an investigation. What has he done wrong? What makes the Trumps, the

Abbotts and the Hansons of this world tick? What would happen if their world started to shift ever so slightly? Written and directed by Katy Warner, A Prudent Man is a darkly comedic political thriller exploring what it means to be right... in more ways than one. In a tour-de-force solo performance Lyall Brooks embodies all the slogans, mannerisms and headlines of the world’s conservative politicians in a way that is so true to life it is unsettling.

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Writer & Director Katy Warner / Performer Lyall Brooks / Producer Adam Fawcett


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FRI 29 JUN, 7.30PM & SAT 30 JUN, 2PM & 7.30PM

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Bar from 1pm Diner & bar from 6pm Studio Theatre, Lismore City Hall 45 minutes (no interval)

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Suitable for ages 12+

[MIS]CONCEIVE’s power is in the riveting

choreography and dance performance. Fierce and exciting. Image: Zan Wimberley

ST U D IO THEATRE

Artshub

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[MIS]CONCEIVE Extracting contemporary gestural motif from Aboriginal archetypes, [MIS]CONCEIVE’s hip-hop, physical percussion and rhythmic cultural pattern is expressive and immediate. Through the assertion of a continuous Aboriginal dance canon, the aesthetic rejects, reveals and re-educates modern (mis)understandings of Indigeneity, [MIS]CONCEIVE argues that ‘knowledge’ does not equal comprehension. Books are not their covers. One size does not fit all.

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Kelly and his ensemble move with assured physicality in this high-energy work that pulses with humour, play and personal stories. Voice and body become pathways to traditional dance and song, as repetition and disguise make way for moments of discovery. [MIS]CONCEIVE brings audiences through the past, to understand the present, and move forward into a better future.

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Choreographer, Performer & Composer Thomas E.S. Kelly Performers Taree Sansbury, Caleena Sansbury, Natalie Pelarek


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FRI 13 APR, 7.30PM & SAT 14 APR, 2.30 & 7.30PM

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Most suitable to ages 5–105

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Haze and strobe lighting

Bar from 1.30pm Diner & bar from 6pm Lismore City Hall 70 minutes (no interval)

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C AST

A notoriously contemporary performance that generates amazement, excitement and astonishment.

Peter Sore (Hungary) BMX Flatlander

Times Square Chronicles, New York

Rhys Miller (Australia) Roue Cyr Artist

B-Boy Leerok (NZ) Breakdancer B-Boy Sette (Australia) Breakdancer

Sam Perry (UK) Vocal Loop Artist N O R PA P R E S E N T S

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360 ALlSTaRs

Gene Peterson (Australia) Director/Percussionist Timothy Cummings Lighting and Video Technician

O N Y X P RO D U C T I O N S

A phenomenal physical performance exploring all forms of rotation, 360 ALLSTARS connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus. Boasting a stellar international cast, including the two-time World Champion BMX Flatlander, two World Champion breakdancers, an internationally acclaimed basketball freestyler, and an exceptional roue cyr artist, 360 ALLSTARS is a spectacular fusion of the extraordinary artistry that emerges from street culture.

Add to this a stunning live soundtrack performed by awardwinning master musicians Gene Peterson – a Lismore local — and Sam Perry, coupled with spectacular AV projections, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding. A magnificent, colourful & astonishing expression of a generation that has reinvented public performance, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement!

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Director Gene Peterson / Composers Gene Peterson & Sam Perry / Lighting Design Geoff Squires Video Design Freddy Komp / Graphic Design Simon Massey Di Vallazza

Image: Matt Loncar

Basketballman (USA) Basketball Freestyler

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N O RPA SEASON 2018

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THU 21 & FRI 22 JUN, 6PM

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Bar from 5pm Lismore City Hall 60 minutes (no interval)

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Children aged 6-12 years and their adults Light theatrical haze, limited strobe

*There are also schools matinee performances

Image: Terry Denton

… the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series.

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The 78 Storey Treehouse C D P T H E AT R E P RO D U C E R S

Andy and Terry’s treehouse just keeps on growing. With yet another 13 levels, it’s now got a Scribbletorium, a high-security potato chip storage facility (guarded by one very angry duck!) and even an open-air movie theatre. Speaking of movies, our friends are going to be famous! The legendary Mr Big Shot has arrived to make a Hollywood blockbuster! But when his first step is to fire Andy and replace him with a monkey – well, a gibbon named Mel Gibbon – the battle is on.

Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere? The team behind The 13-, 26- and 52-Storey Treehouses Live on Stage return with the newest, biggest, brightest blockbuster in the series for children aged 6-12 and their adults… but watch out for those cows!

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A play by Richard Tulloch, adapted from the book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Directed by Liesel Daddorek and Series Artistic Director Julian Louis.

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N O RPA SEASON 2018

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FRI 31 AUG, 6PM & SAT 1 SEP, 11AM

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Bar from 5pm Lismore City Hall 45 minutes (no interval)

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Children aged 5+ and their families

The Mercury

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Red racing HOod B Y S E A N M O N RO, D I R EC T E D B Y SA M RO U T L E D G E

Welcome to the town of Grinalong! Grinalong was once famous for the car race, The Grinalong Classic. Fifty years ago the race stopped when a wolf that lived in nearby Tangled Woods destroyed racing cars and the drivers fled in terror. Now, the new Mayor has a plan to bring back Grinalong’s glory days, and re-launches the race. But it soon becomes obvious that he is more interested in furthering his own ambitions and lining his pockets than helping the town. And he doesn’t mind hurting Red and Gran in the process.

Red and Gran fight for survival, relying on their wit, determination and cunning to overcome the Mayor and win The Classic. Environmental and civic responsibility, the survival of small towns and the strength of women, young and old, are all themes that are explored via the medium of slot car racing! A inventive reimagining of the classic fairytale — catch it before it races away!

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Writer Sean Monro / Director Sam Routledge / Composer Heath Brown Lighting & AV Design Jason James / Puppet Maker & Set Dresser Jill Munro / Slot Car Track Maker Mr Slotcar

Image: Peter Mathew

It’s eye-poppingly rich and complex … they mine all the humour and the genuine drama of this entertaining tale.

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N O RPA SEASON 2018

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WED 12 SEP, 7.30PM

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Most suitable to ages 13+ This show contains strobe lighting effects

*There are also schools matinee performances

Image: Saffron Jensen

The stellar performances are led by writers and directors … this production company is young, energetic and very talented. Blank GC

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Viral

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S H O C K T H E R A PY P RO D U C T I O N S

Viral is a story about Art and Zane, two boys who seek to attain internet ‘fame’ in order to become more popular at school and to make some money. It examines the role of social media and technology and how it impacts the way we record, communicate and think about events of racism, abuse and violence in our community. The show investigates the line between disassociation and raising awareness about such events.

AV and an evocative musical score and to create a visceral and dynamic theatrical experience. Viral is an example of Shock Therapy Productions signature style of doing as much as possible with as little as possible. As society attempts to keep up with the rapidly changing and thrilling new world of social media and viral videos, how do we define our social responsibilities?

Inspired by true events, Viral uses physical theatre, multiple rolesharing, verbatim, political theatre,

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Written & Directed Hayden Jones and Sam Foster / Performers Hayden Jones and Sam Foster Lighting Design Jason Glenwright / Sound Design Guy Webster / AV Design Nathan Sibthorpe Dramaturgy Veronica Neave


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THU 25 & FRI 26 OCT, 6PM

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Most suitable to ages 5+

*This show also has a schools performance

A clever, warmhearted parable that … lights up the imaginations of its target audience. It’s an ideal introduction to theatre. Image: Shane Reid

The Age

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Big bad Wolf

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W I N D M I L L T H E AT R E C O

He’s the most misunderstood character in fairytale history.

This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.

Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born.

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Writer Matthew Whittet / Director Rosemary Myers / Designer Jonathon Oxlade Sound Designer Harry Covill / Lighting Designer Chris Petridis / Movement Consultant Carol Wellman Kelly Concept by Kaye Weeks / Starring Patrick Graham and Emma J Hawkins


W HAT WE MAKE

We are makers The Northern Rivers is a fertile place. Stuff grows around here and people are busy producing things like macadamias, milk, and original theatre.

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Anchored by our venue in the heart of Lismore, every work we create in-house draws big inspiration from the country and communities surrounding us. All direct responses to the local places we live and work, we aspire to make them universal too, by including shared experiences and thoughts that are unfolding everywhere from Pottsville to Perth. In a small way, we’re shaping the Australia we want to live in by creating art that’s culturally respectful, inclusive, brave and playful, and by working for a company that’s been built around the same values. NORPA couldn’t exist anywhere else, which is why we’re motivated to keep bringing the stories of the Northern Rivers to life and cementing its reputation as a cultural heartland. We do this by collaborating with an assortment of talented artists and creating original work that’s ingrained with a real sense of this place we all call home.

Dreamland 2016 Image: Kate Holmes

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W HAT WE MAKE

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We make stories come to life. We make an impact. We make shows with First Nations people. We make new artists. We make our theatre here. We make work that reflects the Northern Rivers. Image: Lisa Sorgini

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M E E T THE MAKERS

M E E T T H E MA K E RS

DAT E S

THU 2 – SUN 5 AUG, 7PM Lismore Quadrangle

Meet The Makers An incredible cadre of theatre makers have joined NORPA as Associate Artists. All are respected makers in their own right and represent the cutting edge of Australian talent across a multitude of forms. 40

Together with our team they fuel the creation of inspiring new devised works and a creative program that is physical, visceral, ambitious, inclusive and occupies a unique place in the national theatre landscape.

WA L RU S C R E AT I V E A N D N O R PA P R E S E N T

WONDERBAbeS

T H I S P ROJ EC T I S W R I T T E N A N D P E R FO R M E D B Y N O R PA A S S O C I AT E A RT I ST K AT E M C D OW E L L D I R EC TO R E L S I E E D G E RTO N -T I L L / D E S I G N E R C H A R L E S DAV I S / C O M P O S E R JA M E S B ROW N

Staged in an architecturally-designed inflatable tent, Wonderbabes is a challenging new work set in Byron Bay on New Years Eve which encapsulates the hedonistic energy of the Northern Rivers music festival culture, while also turning it in on its head. Wonderbabes is a site-specific theatrical experience that engages with lyric and text in a startling new form. Writer and performer Kate McDowell explores a brutal test of her social and sexual limits in a thrilling ride that’s a visceral clash of storytelling and poetic imagery, all set to a thumping, live, electronic score.

Image: Kate Holmes

Image: Kurt Peterson

“The show is about a young woman who’s testing her limits. She’s angry and frustrated with her mother, the world, and pretty much everyone. She wants to cause trouble, get into danger, and feel something intense, to get to know herself better. It’s a two hour monologue, but it’s written as a hero’s journey, so it has that pace and structure that keeps you hanging in there”. – Kate McDowell

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SAND

Circus Mundane

(In Development)

T H I S P ROJ EC T I S D I R EC T E D B Y N O R PA A S S O C I AT E A RT I ST C A RO L I N E D U N P H Y C R E AT E D B Y B E L LO O C R E AT I V E , I D I OT SAVA N T T H E AT R E C O M PA N Y & N O R PA

(In Development)

T H I S P ROJ EC T I S D I R EC T E D B Y N O R PA A S S O C I AT E A RT I ST DA RC Y G R A N T. C R E AT E D B Y L E W I E W E ST, M I E K E L I ZOT T E A N D DA RC Y G R A N T.

SAND is a dance theatre piece that responds to weathered fragments of our past, embedded in landscapes and built environments. This contemporary cross-cultural work explores how bodies relate with one another in the resistance and shifting nature of sand.

Two of Australia’s most physically skilled performers give us a glimpse into the domestic life of the neurotic, world-class acrobat, and explore something we can all relate to — how relationships between people get increasingly complex over time.

The performance is being developed so it can take place in an architectural installation, outside in the natural environment, or inside a theatre.

“Whether it’s your kid, your partner, or your mate, life happens and things get more challenging. I like starting from a really loose place, and building physical things, and then seeing what they tell me in terms of content and themes. As opposed to regular theatre, or dance, I find with circus making, you’ve to carve out the physical work before you arrive at what the central idea is.

SAND draws from Japanese classic literature, the 2011 tsunami and Indigenous connections to sand in Australia to create an original, contemporary performance.

Image: loneroc / Shutterstock

SAND is created by Belloo Creative (Australia), Idiot Savant Theatre Company (Japan) and NORPA. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Image: Darcy Grant

By pulling apart the movement, you can find out what it means. Rather than going, ‘I’m going to be Romeo and you’re going to be Juliet and I’m going to do some backflips to impress you,’ we take a mundane act like folding clothes and we see how two people can do the most complicated, virtuosic, folding of a shirt. When that’s happening, and it’s working, you don’t need any words”. – Darcy Grant

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M E E T THE MAKERS

A performance project for young First Nations artists to share their stories of belonging and survival.

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HorseS Mouth

A PA RT N E R S H I P B E T W E E N N O R PA A N D B E YO N D E M PAT H Y

Guided by experienced First Nations artists, who are already making change in the industry today, Horses Mouth will be a gathering of dancers, actors, and storytellers, all bound by deadly and courageous self-expression. Come and see what the future holds for these emerging cultural leaders of tomorrow. Horses Mouth is a partnership between NORPA and Beyond Empathy. It’s supported by Gandel Philanthropy, Create NSW and the Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund, along with the Australia Council.

Horses Mouth showing 2017 Image: Tree Faerie

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A RT I ST DEVELOPMENT

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ARTIST DEVELOPMENT

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TRAINING GROUND

MASTER CLASS SERIES

TERRAIN

Training Ground creates a regular touch-point to the company for local performers from all experience levels. It aims to be an evolving and dynamic training space, led by NORPA associate artists, with a focus on physical theatre making, improvisation techniques, movement and choreography.

In 2018 we will be curating a series of master classes in the NORPA Studio for professional artists.

Some of our most successful works, such as Railway Wonderland and Dreamland, have been created outside the theatre — we love taking our audiences on new adventures in surprising locations.

Following on from the success of the 2017 Season led by Associate Artist Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Artistic Director Julian Louis we are extending Training Ground into 2018.

Image: Kate Holmes

Our Master Classes will connect local and national artists in a highly exploratory and rigorous studio environment and will be led by our associate artists in residence, touring companies and guest artists. Keep an eye on the website for updates.

In 2018 our Artistic Director Julian Louis along with associate artists will continue this exploration of form, place and story. Aspects of this research development will be done in public spaces and with the community, so look out for our NORPA creatives in a bowling green or a beach near you.

For more information on these workshops, sign up to our news-letter, keep an eye on our website, or contact: Valley Lipcer, Creative Programs Producer creativeprograms@norpa.org.au 02 6622 0300


NA I D OC

NAIDOC at NORPA is an invitation from Bundjalung and Indigenous artists and Elders to celebrate place, performance, music, dance, and more …

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NAIDOC at NORPA The Bundjalung people have been making stories, dance, ceremony and performance here for over 40,000 years. The Bundjalung language is alive and culture remains vibrant. The ancestral knowledge of country and Lore is still heard in the voices of our Elders. Bundjalung youth are inspired to learn, perform, paint and make. Emerging Bundjalung artists reimage and create new

performance works that captivate the stage. Songs from traditional to hip hop fill us with the desire to dance or sing along. Elders share stories, tradition or teach us to weave jalum (fish). Established Bundjalung artists renowned nationally and internationally come home to celebrate. That is NAIDOC at NORPA.

Lismore City Hall will be alive with artists, music, food, and conversation. Over two days, catch-up with old friends and make new ones, meet the emerging artists defining our future and see performances inspired by the worlds’ oldest living culture. From NORPA, see artist Thomas E.S. Kelly’s newest dance performance MIS[CONCEIVE] — see page 24. And, be delighted by local youth dance troupes. The full program of guest artists to Lismore will be published prior to NAIDOC Week.

OKA - Naidoc at NORPA 2017 Image: Lisa Gough

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E D U C ATION

No one has more energy or imagination than kids, which is why NORPA loves engaging with them throughout the year.

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Education, Youth & Families

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre workshop at The Macadamia Castle with students from Newrybar Public School.

SUMMER THEATRE INTENSIVE

STUDENT THEATRE CLUB

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N O R PA’ S E D U C AT I O N YO U T H & FA M I L I E S P RO G R A M I S S U P P O RT E D B Y S O U T H E R N C RO S S U N I V E R S I T Y

This January, NORPA is offering three exciting theatre workshops for young people aged eight-to-18. Spread across four days, each workshop explores the crazy ways in which NORPA makes theatre — from the physical and dynamic to the bold and downright silly. Join us for a deep dive into the world of performance, imagination, physical expression and collaborative theatre-making strategies (which is just the grown ups way of saying we’ll play lots of games.)

Image: Kurt Petersen

ON-DEMAND WORKSHOPS FOR SCHOOLS Enhance your school’s performing arts program by booking a bespoke student workshop or Teacher Master Class with a NORPA associate artist. Drawing on our roster of trusted industry professionals, both locally and nationally, we can tailor a clinic to suit your student or teacher needs and interests. Whether it’s puppetry, voice, physical theatre, Indonesian language and arts, or contemporary dance, our workshops provide experiences and skills at the absolute highest level. Talk to us about your interest today!

This is the perfect way for enthusiastic young theatre lovers from across the Northern Rivers to come together and share an unforgettable experience. Open to 15-to-18 years olds, Student Theatre Club members enjoy free theatre tickets, workshops with industry professionals, group sessions to bounce ideas, and mentoring opportunities. With their creative spirits fired up, the group head back home and spread the word about theatre and NORPA in their community and schools, using social media and online networks. Not to mention getting to rock a cool NORPA t-shirt! (Only 20 places available).

WORK EXPERIENCE AT NORPA AND LISMORE CITY HALL For students thinking about a career in the creative industries, a work experience placement with NORPA is a fantastic place to start. Places are limited, and fill up quickly, so get in early.

For more information about these programs please contact: Ajita Canning, Education Coordinator education@norpa.org.au 02 6622 0300


L I S M ORE CIT Y HALL

THE LISMORE CITY HALL is our home, a classic 1960s building that got a makeover in 2013 to become a leading-edge cultural centre. Don’t be fooled by the brown brick facade, the place is fitted out for any kind of modern performing arts, event, or community gathering. While the theatre upstairs has played host to the best performers from around Australia and the world, the studio space below is where we make our original work, train performers, and have a lot of fun doing it. From debutante balls and rocking concerts in the ’70s, to weddings around the fountain out front, if only these walls could talk. Today, the building’s legacy continues as the cultural cornerstone of Lismore and the most prominent venue for performing arts in the Northern Rivers region. VENUE HIRE 52

Your Visit

Image: David Taylor

The building offers a range of spaces for hire. For more details, please see the website lismorecityhall.com.au

DINER AND BAR

ACCESS FOR ALL

NORPA’s pop-up diner is open before evening performances throughout the season.

Lismore City Hall ensures access to all patrons, with lift facilities and wheelchair access and seating.

Operated by The Bank Café, there’s al fresco seating and indoor dining at Lismore City Hall. The meals are fast, fresh, and tasty, with gluten free and vegetarian options. Grab yourself a beer or glass of bubbles at the bar, a plate, and commune with fellow theatre-goers prior to the show.

A hearing loop is installed in the venue’s theatre. Please contact the box office for assistance prior to your visit on 1300 066 771 or boxoffice@norpa.org.au Those patrons with mobility needs please contact our Box Office.

Detailed menus, often inspired by each performance, are available closer to the show dates.

PARKING

Our licensed bar is also open before, during, and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre.

Street parking is available on Bounty Street, Molesworth Street and Ballina Road. Disabled parking is available on either side of the building.

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T I C K E TING INFO

Norpa tickets

Ticket prices

ONLINE

SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES

You can purchase tickets online at www.norpa.org.au.

NORPA subscribers get a 20% discount on all eligible ticket prices.

VISIT THE BOX OFFICE

Create a Subscription package from your choice of three or more shows.

The box office is located at Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St, Lismore.

CONCESSIONS AND SENIORS

It’s open 9am–4pm, Monday to Friday, and two hours before show times.

Concession tickets are available to the following cardholders:

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TICKETS

Gift vouchers are available for individual shows or Season packages. They can be purchased online, over the phone, or in person at the box office. CHILDREN AT NORPA PERFORMANCES We’re kid friendly. Children two years and under are welcome to sit on the lap of a paying patron, or you can buy an extra seat. Tickets for children are sold at our “Under 25s” price. ASSIGNED SEATING Tickets are issued for assigned seats, unless stated otherwise. TICKET REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES Refunds or exchanges are not available, except for subscribers by contacting the NORPA box office at least 48 hours before the show commences. An unwanted ticket must be returned before an exchange ticket can be issued.

Railway Wonderland 2015 Image: Kate Holmes

Centrelink concession (Healthcare and Pension), full-time students, Veterans Affairs, Australian Apprenticeship and the Northern Rivers Writers Centre. Concession cards and Seniors Cards must be presented at the box office. GROUPS Groups of four or more people get concession priced tickets. UNDER 25S People under 25 years of age get discount tickets of $20 for Subscribers and $25 for non-subscribers. Proof of age must be presented at the box office. Please note age classifications for each show.

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S U B S CRIBE

S U B S C RI B E

Subscribe by choosing three or more productions and follow these easy steps. STEP 1.

Complete your details and those of your accompanying subscriber(s). Each subscriber needs to complete the information section.

STEP 2.

Choose your subscription. Add any additional tickets for children or friends.

STEP 3.

Indicate your seating preference.

STEP 4.

Complete your payment details.

STEP 5.

Submit your booking.

Step 1. Subscriber information Details must be completed for each subscriber. If there are more than two subscribers please use an extra booking form which can be found at norpa.org.au. If you wish to be seated with friends please submit your request under Step 3 Seating Preferences.

SUBSCRIBER ONE

Your tickets will be sent to this address

Have you subscribed previously?

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Subscriptions

MAJOR DISCOUNTS

Address

Email Concession type

(mobile) Yes, I would like to receive your email newsletter Card number

Please provide a photocopy or scan of your concession card. See page 55 for accepted concession types.

SUBSCRIBER TWO Have you subscribed previously?

GUARANTEED SEATING

Name

Yes

No

Address

EXTRA TICKETS

Postcode

Subscribers can add additional (regular priced) tickets to their package, so you can sit together as a group.

Telephone (home )

FLEXIBILITY

Email

Subscribers are free to exchange tickets for another show in the season, when seats are available.

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Postcode

NORPA subscribers get a 20% discount on eligible ticket prices.

A Subscription Package means you’ll never miss out on a show again.

No

Name

Telephone (home )

You only need to choose three or more shows to create a NORPA Subscription Package and look what you get!

Yes

Concession type

(mobile) Yes, I would like to receive your email newsletter Card number

Please provide a photocopy or scan of your concession card. See page 55 for accepted concession types. Railway Wonderland 2015 Image: Kate Holmes


S U B S CRIBE

S U B S C RI B E

Step 2. Build your subscription

Step 3. Seating preferences

Select 3 shows or more, indicate the show times, number of tickets and calculate the cost. Then, add any regular tickets for friends and family. ADD REGULAR TICKETS

Please indicate if you have any special seating requirements: Wheelchair access required

SHOW Lady Rizo

Peepshow

Resident Alien

The Events

Rovers

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Wildskin

A Prudent Man

[Mis]conceive

360 Allstars

The 78 Storey Treehouse

Red Racing Hood

Viral

Big Bad Wolf

WRITE YOUR DAY + TIME

TICKET

QNTY

SUB$

(A)

QNTY

REG$

Adult

$43

$54

Conc / Group

$39

$48

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$43

$54

Conc / Group

$39

$48

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$40

$49

Conc / Group

$35

$44

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$43

$54

Conc / Group

$39

$48

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$40

$49

Conc / Group

$35

$44

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$40

$49

Conc / Group

$35

$44

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$30

$36

Conc / Group

$25

$32

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$30

$36

Conc / Group

$25

$32

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$40

$49

Conc / Group

$35

$44

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$30

$36

Conc / Group

$25

$32

Under 25

$20

$25

Adult

$30

$38

Conc / Group

$25

$34

Under 25

$15

$20

Adult

$30

$36

Conc / Group

$25

$32

Under 18

$20

$25

Adult

$30

$38

Conc / Group

$25

$34

Under 18

$15

$20

A$

B$

(B)

On an aisle

Mobility/easy access

Best seating available

If other, please describe: I'd like to sit next to my friend, where possible (please provide friend's name):

Embrace NORPA Make a donation (optional) Our NORPA donors are greatly valued, and are critical to the future of the creative community in the Northern Rivers. Please include your dollar contribution in Section (C) of Step 4, below.

Step 4. Payment details (A) Subscription

SUB-TOTAL

$

(B) Regular tickets

SUB-TOTAL

$

(C) Donation

SUB-TOTAL

$

(D) Postage fee Standard $2.50 or Registered $7.00

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(E) Booking fee

$3.30

TOTAL

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PAYMENT METHOD By cash (Box Office only) VISA

Redeem gift voucher #

Mastercard

Credit card

CVC (last 3 digits in signature panel)

Card number

Card expiry

Name on card

Signature

Step 5. Submit booking IN PERSON

ONLINE

BY MAIL

NORPA Box Office Lismore City Hall 1 Bounty Street Lismore NSW 2480

NORPA Subscriptions boxoffice@norpa.org.au

NORPA Box Office PO Box 225 Lismore NSW 2480


2 01 8 P RODUCTION PARTNERS

N O RPA PA RT N E RS

We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you to the following organisations and businesses — you are helping us enrich the cultural life of our region. LOGO lock up

LOGO type and icon elements can be used in isolation

The Events

Rovers

78 Storey Treehouse

GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

LAB KELPIE

An Australian New Writing Theatre Company.

LOGO can be any colour. There is no one “brand colour”

white or black type version for busier backgrounds

Peepshow

A Prudent Man

The Events

CREATIVE PARTNERS

360 Allstars white reverse

Viral colour reverse

The Events colour logo with white graphic elements for use on busier backgrounds

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PERFORMANCE PARTNERS

Red Racing Hood

Wonderbabes

Big Bad Wolf

MEDIA PARTNERS

Red Racing Hood

[MIS]CONCEIVE Peepshow Red Racing Hood

[MIS]CONCEIVE

SEASON PARTNERS

Viral

Wonderbabes

The Events Red Racing Hood [MIS]CONCEIVE

[MIS]CONCEIVE

Peepshow Viral

Red Racing Hood

If you are interested in partnering with NORPA please contact Patrick Healey, General Manager — gm@norpa.org.au

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C O N TACT US

BOA RD & T E A M

NORPA — Northern Rivers Performing Arts

STAFF Ajita Canning Education Coordinator Amy Shaw Venue Clare McGregor Publicist Dan Jackson Senior Venue Technician Frankie Robertson Facilities Coordinator Jane Fuller Programming Jo Porter Producer Julian Louis Artistic Director Karl Johnson Technical Manager Kirk Page Associate Director Lorissa Barrett Marketing Manager Patrick Healey General Manager Pauline Hooper Administration and Finance Rick Shearman Designer Ryan Virtue Audience Services Valley Lipcer Creative Programs Producer Communications Everywhen / Megan Louis

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Lismore City Hall 1 Bounty St, Lismore, NSW Open 9am–4pm weekdays & 2 hours before shows

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Our shows are made possible by our talented crew of casual production and front of house staff.

ADMINISTRATION

ASSOCIATE ARTISTS

BOARD

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NEWSLETTER

Caroline Dunphy Darcy Grant Emma Saunders Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal Janis Balodis Kate McDowell Mitch King

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