In 2015 NORPA took us on an adventure to Lismore’s disused train station for Railway Wonderland, this time they’re taking us into the hills for Dreamland, to the more intimate but equally beautiful setting of Eureka Hall.
Dreamland is a time capsule of local history, characters and ghosts that have frequented Eureka Hall since it was built in 1906. The hall has been the gathering place for community meetings, gala balls, send offs for local boys going to distant wars, hippie invasions and waves of tree-changers. The work has been created in association with Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project, and in collaboration with the Eureka Hall Committee and community.
Dreamland is a celebration of the dance of life, in all its mystery. Sometimes quick, sometimes slow, elegantly together or crazy alone. Combining physical theatre, song, dance, humour and drama Dreamland is full of the adventurous, innovative and entertaining hallmarks of NORPA original works.
Local performer Phil Blackman and Sydney based actress Katia Molino, who both performed in Railway Wonderland return to the NORPA family. They’re joined by acclaimed actress Toni Scanlon (best known for her role as Helen Blakemore in the Australian TV police drama Water Rats but also an award winning stage actress in All My Sons andKing Tide) and acrobat Darcy Grant who is also a founding member of internationally acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa. Musicians Shenzo Gregory, Ben Walsh and Barry Hall will provide a brilliant live score.
The first two weeks of Dreamland sold out so NORPA have added more shows, including Saturday matinees but tickets are selling fast. Don’t miss out on what promises to be a magical theatrical adventure, inspired by our stories.
“We’re thrilled people in the Northern Rivers have embraced locally created, original theatre works so wholeheartedly,” said NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis. “Out of all the shows NORPA is presenting this year, Dreamland, our own work, is the most popular. People want to see stories created from their experience of living in regional Australia and they know if it’s a NORPA work, it’s going to be adventurous and fun.”
Dreamland by NORPA
Wed 23 Nov – Sat 10 Dec
8pm (Saturday matinees at 4.30pm)
Dreamland will be performed at Eureka Hall, Cnr Eureka Rd/Federal Drive, Eureka (30 mins west of Byron Bay)
Limited capacity per performance
All weather event
Tickets $22 – $37
Bookings: www.norpa.org.au or 1300 066 772
Director/devisor | Julian Louis
Writer/devisor | Janis Balodis
Performer/devisors | Phil Blackman, Darcy Grant, Katia Molino, Toni Scanlon, Kirk Page
Movement Director | Kirk Page
Musical Director / Key Musician | Shenzo Gregory
Percussionist: Ben Walsh
Double Bass: Barry Hall
Lighting Designer | Karl Johnson
Producer | Marisa Snow
Assistant to the Director | Kate McDowell
A NORPA Generator Production in association with Arts Northern Rivers If These Halls Could Talk project, and in collaboration with the Eureka Hall Committee and community. Dreamland is developed with the support of Linnaeus Estate and Arts NSW.