ON STAGE: Physical theatre company Circa will bring Il Ritorno to Lismore in late August.
ON STAGE: Physical theatre company Circa will bring Il Ritorno to Lismore in late August. Damien Bredberg

Comedy, theatre and music in Norpa season 2016

Artistic Director Julian Louis launched the season last Friday, when tickets for all the shows went on sale.

NORPA shows on sale: Lismore residents excited about the NORPA season 2016.
NORPA shows on sale: Lismore residents excited about the NORPA season 2016.

The shows announced are:

Hannah Gadsby - Comedy: In Dogmatic, Hannah will be attempting to explain her thought processes and woeful life choices that have led her to where she is today. You will laugh. She will remain confused. March 18.

NORPA The Listies and Hannah Gadsby: NORPA will offer three comedy shows in Lismore this March.

The Listies - Family-friendly Comedy: Winner Best Production for Children 2013, Sydney Theatre Awards. The Listies Make you LOL! features alien attacks, toilet paper guns, spew, the rudest word in the world and the most disgusting pair of undies you have ever seen in your entire life. March 19.

 

Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly bring their show The Listing Make you LOL to Lismore this March.
Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly bring their show The Listing Make you LOL to Lismore this March. Andrew Wuttke

Nazeem Hussain - Comedy: In his show Legally Brown, Hussein exposes the inherent absurdity in prejudice and flipping stereotype on its head. Hussain's live shows are cerebral, confronting and uproariously funny. March 20.

 

Comedian Nazeem Hussein brings his show Legally Brown to Lismore this March.
Comedian Nazeem Hussein brings his show Legally Brown to Lismore this March. Karl Grant

 

Thomas Murray & The Upside Down River - Theatre: The Murray family have been farming the land along the Darling River for five generations. For Thomas Murray, it's all he's ever known. When his childhood friends Lucy and Billy reappear, deep friendships are tested, secrets long buried are finally awakened, and Thomas must make the long journey downstream to reconcile past wrongs and to fight for his wife. April 15 and 16.

NORPA Thomas Murray theatre: Thomas Murray and The Upside Down River is one of the shows announced for this year's NORPA Season.
NORPA Thomas Murray theatre: Thomas Murray and The Upside Down River is one of the shows announced for this year's NORPA Season.

Sugarland - Youth theatre: Australian Theatre for Young People brings this piece of theatre for the young. Nina is 16 years old, good at school, has a job at the cinema and one of the best singing voices around, but she needs a place to live. Erica is also 16 and the new girl in town. She's lived all over Australia and every time she makes somewhere home, she moves again. She's so used to being an outsider, she's stopped trying to fit in. The only thing these two teens have in comon is the music they listen to. Sometimes that's enough. May 3 and 4.

 

Australian Theatre for Young People will bring Sugarland to Norpa Lismore in May.
Australian Theatre for Young People will bring Sugarland to Norpa Lismore in May. Zan Wimberley

The 52-Storey Treehouse - Children's theatre: Andy and Terry's Treehouse is now 52 storeys high, but there's no time to play. Mr Big Nose has mysteriously disappeared, Jill has fallen into a deep sleep and Andy and Terry just can't wake her up. Andy Griffiths' and Terry Denton's bestseller comes to life on the stage as the team behind the hit adaptations of The 13-Storey Treehouse and The 26-Storey Treehouse return with this imaginative and engaging play under the creative direction of NORPA's Julian Louis. May 31 and June 1.

 

Johnny Nasser as Prince Potato in the 52-Storey Treehouse coming to Lismore in late May.
Johnny Nasser as Prince Potato in the 52-Storey Treehouse coming to Lismore in late May. Branco Gaica

Rumour Has It - Cabaret: Naomi Price (from TV show The Voice 2015) stars as Adele: working class diva, Grammy goddess, and potty-mouthed everywoman. Share a gin and tonic and journey from the rowdy streets of Tottenham to the Royal Albert Hall to discover an everyday girl who just wants to be loved. July 22 and 23.

Naomi Price as Adele in Rumour Has It.
Naomi Price as Adele in Rumour Has It.

 

Circa's Il Ritorno - Physical theatre/ opera / circus: Il Ritorno (The Return) blends Circa's stripped-back acrobatics with baroque opera. At the core of Il Ritorno is the hunger to return home - saturated with loss and war, powered by longing and haunted by the past. Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz in collaboration with composer and arranger Quincy Grant, Il Ritorno is performed by an outstanding cast of singers and accompanists who join the famed members of Brisbane's own Circa Ensemble. August 31, September 1 and 2.

 

NORPA Il Ritorno: Circa's Il Ritorno is one of the shows announced for this year's NORPA Season.
NORPA Il Ritorno: Circa's Il Ritorno is one of the shows announced for this year's NORPA Season.

 

Meow Meow - Cabaret : The cat is ready to pounce! Singer and comedian Meow Meow's unique brand of cabaret and performance art exotica has hypnotised, inspired and terrified audiences worldwide. The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song drags cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st Century with a wild night of sequins and satire, original 'chansons', politics and mayhem. Meow Meow's solo works have been curated by David Bowie, the legendary Pina Bausch and Mikhail Baryshnikov amongst others. September 30 and October 1.

 

Singer and comedian Meow Meow will bring her latest cabaret show to Norpa in late September.
Singer and comedian Meow Meow will bring her latest cabaret show to Norpa in late September. Karl Giant

Dreamland - Theatre: Dreamland is NORPA's new work to be performed at Eureka Hall. Small halls are hallowed ground for rural communities the country over. They are the gathering places for celebrations of births, deaths and marriages, of sporting victories and defeats, of concerts and picture shows, of debutante balls, blue light discos and school Christmas concerts, with scones and lamingtons and gallons of tea. Within these halls the ghosts of generations danced and dance still - from the pioneering days of tree-felling to the coming of today's tree-changers. November 23 to 26 and November 29 to December 3.

NORPA DReamland: DREAMLAND is the locally produced show developed by NORPA for this year's season.

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