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

Five NORPA shows to see this year

DON’T think that the funding cuts to NORPA have undermined their current 2016 season.

All shows announced are still confirmed and tickets are sale. They are:

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.

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.

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.

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 among others. September 30 and October 1.

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.

For details and to book visit NORPA’s website or call 1300 066 772.