30TH YEAR: The cast of Lismore Theatre Company's production, Steel Magnolias.
30TH YEAR: The cast of Lismore Theatre Company's production, Steel Magnolias.

What's on: Northern NSW


LISMORE Theatre Company's next production, Steel Magnolias, opens July 5. This is a bitter-sweet award-winning play written by Robert Harling which chronicles the lives of six women who frequent Truvy's Beauty Spot in Chinquapin, Louisiana. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 film of the same name. Lismore Theatre Company's production of Steel Magnolias is directed by Sylvia Clarke (Director of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lipstick Dreams). The cast includes well-known talented and experienced local actors Jacquie McCalman, Elyse Knowles, Jenny Dowell, Sinead Fell, Lisa Walmsley and Sharon Brodie. At Rochdale Theatre, Ballina Rd: July 5-20 (Friday and Saturdays 7.30pm, Sundays 2pm).

For bookings, go to lismoretheatrecompany.org.au.


TWEED Theatre company's latest production 'Come Back To The Five & Dime Jimmy Dean', will be held at the Tweed Civic Centre from June 21 to July 7. The story takes place in a small-town Dime store located in West Texas. Disciples of James Dean are gathering for their 20th reunion, now all middle aged women they reminisce about their experiences as teenagers during the time that James Dean filmed "Giant". The play has many flash backs to their youth until a familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and exposes bitter disappointments.

Fo tickets: go to tweedtheatre.com.au, at the Murwillumbah and Tweed Tourist information centres, at the door or phone 1800 674 414.


WALKING Football players wanted in the Northern Rivers region! This is a modified non-contact version of soccer designed for the over 50s. Maintain an active lifestyle in a fun and sociable way. Male, female, former soccer players and newcomers are all welcome.

Phone Paul on 0412 692 162 or John 0473 430 429.


EVERYONE is welcome to come and throw themselves into the joy of singing. They sing gospel music from the African American tradition, bluegrass, soul, and sometimes 'eco-soul' adaptations, to celebrate Planet Earth. We're not a religious group, we just find this music irresistibly uplifting.This is a community choir with weekly sessions in four locations across the Northern Rivers. Monday: Nimbin 6-8pm, Tuesday- Suffolk Park 11am-1pm, Tuesday: Brunswick Heads 6-8pm and Wednesday: The Channon 11am-1pm. Choir is on all year around including school holidays and public holidays. Cost: $80/$70 concession per five weeks or $19 casual.

Phone: 0417 277 211.


THE Tweed Coast View Club will hold a Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Wednesday 31 July, 10am for a 10.30am start. The event will be held at Kingscliff Uniting Church Hall, 24 Kingscliff St. RSVP by Wednesday 24 July, cost $15, all proceeds go to Tweed Coast View Club to help support their three Learning 4 Life Students through The Smith Family.

Contact president, Therese Connor on 0266 761 469 or email tweedcoastview@gmail.com.


FEATURING specially created choral work by three of Australia's leading emerging composers and Lismore young composer Tilly Jones the show, on 21 June at the Lismore Town Hall, is part of this year's Lantern Festival. The program includes a unique audience interactive piece featuring 'smart-phones'. Lead by Michelle Leonard OAM, Moorambilla Voices' teenage ensemble MaxedOut will perform with their stunning Taiko drums and join workshop participants from the Lismore Schools' Festival Choir and the Northern Rivers Youth Jazz Ensemble, Young Singer Song-Writer winner Freya Cotterill. The Welcome to Country will be performed by the Nini Nahri-Gali Dance Troupe.

For further information about this and other events in the annual Lismore Lantern Festival or to book tickets head to the Lismore City Hall website or Lantern Parade sites: https://www.facebook.com/LismoreLanternParade/ or lismorelantern parade.com.au.


TICKETS are now on sale for The Lions Den in Concert with Showband at Twin Towns, Tweed Heads on Wednesday, August 21 at 11am for a Matinee Show. In their latest production The Lions Den feature the music of the Legends of Doo Wop in a celebration of the legendary boy bands of the 20th Century including The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Bee Gees, The Beatles, Everly Brothers and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

For bookings: phone 1800 014 014 or book online via Twin Towns.


COME to Ballina from mid June until July 7, for this production by Gilbert & Sullivan, the ESSGEE version (Simon Gallagher version) will be presented with a four-piece live band. Peter Harding takes on the Jon English role as the Pirate King. All performances at 8pm except for Sunday Matinees at 2pm.

Tickets available online on the Ballina Players Theatre website or at Just Funkin Music in River Street Ballina ($2/ticket booking fee).


THE Plateau Mark is held at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls and Sports Club, Saturday, July 6 from 8am to 1pm and features great stalls and a chance to enjoy the sun and mingle with the locals.


TINTENBAR Up Front , Friday, July 12, 6.30pm, gives the opportunity for performers of all kinds: musicians, poets, comedians, dancers, whoever....to strut their stuff in a wonderful old hall. Head along just for the show or take the night of from cooking and book in for Bev Singh's Indian Banquet before the show! Engaging performances, warm audiences.


DIG out the sequins and slip into dancing shoes. It's time to head back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Back by popular demand, following the huge success of their 2017 debut Australian tour and direct from London, Puttin' On The Ritz is coming to Lismore City Hall, Come and enjoy the all-singing, all-dancing celebration of some of the most iconic music of all time. June 23 at 7.30pm. Fixed price: Adult $89.90, child $84.90, concession $84.90, other $84.90. Lismore City Hall, 1 Bounty St. Phone 0266220300, go to boxoffice@norpa.org.au or lismorecityhall.com.au/whats-on/puttin-on-the-ritz/.

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