What do a former Baywatch star, stolen bums, Elvis, Welsh festivals, stand-up comedy, puppets, brass instruments and Stitch ‘n’ bitch have in common? They all feature at the Jetty Memorial Theatre in June! This maelstrom of cultural activity contains no fewer than 13 different events, including plays, comedy, local talent, music and some great events for the kids.
the extraordinary Peter Phelps is a hugely successful and award winning TV star (Stingers, Underbelly, Baywatch) and will be coming to Coffs Harbour in David Williamson’s satirical comedy, Let the Sunshine. Let the Sunshine is about a retired left wing radical couple who encounter a hugely wealthy property developer and his wife. The connection between the two couples seems destined to be brief and acrimonious, except for one thing … when their children find romance together, it’s on for young and old. With a nod to Romeo and Juliet and a truckload of Williamson’s trademark wit, Let the Sunshine promises to be a hilarious night of superb theatre.
Let the Sunshine performances, June 1-2.
Tim Winton (Cloudstreet) is among Australia’s most successful authors, and one of his most loved books for young people is The Bugalugs Bum Thief. Adapted by one of Australia’s leading companies creating theatre for young people, The Bugalugs Bum Thief is a ripping adventure full of colourful characters and songs. It follows Skeeta Anderson as he tracks down the one responsible for stealing everyone’s bum in the town of Bugalugs. Bright, colourful and fun, this is perfect for kids and their child-like parents!
The Bugalugs Bum Thief performances, June 4 – 5.
The Wintersun Festival comes to the Jetty Theatre, with 5 different events of retro nostalgia featuring the music of the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s: The Elvis Tribute competition heats; Alan Dale’s Johnny O’Keefe tribute show; The Rat Pack tribute from the U.S.; Digger Revell & Vicky O’Keefe; plus Lonnie Lee and the Leeman. Join in the rockin’ rollin’ swingin’ fun!
Wintersun Festival runs from June 6 – 9.
Originally from Wales in the 12th century, Eisteddfods have become an integral part of Australia’s performing arts culture. The Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod marks 40 years in 2012 and comes to the Jetty Theatre for 8 days of dance, instrumental and vocal performance and speech and drama. A fantastic opportunity to see the wealth of talent that is right under your nose in Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour and District Eisteddfod will be held from June 10 – 17.
Stand up comedy
The Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow returns to the Jetty Theatre in June 2012. Quite literally, this is all the best bits of the Comedy Festival condensed into the one – all killer, no filler – travelling event. Tickets will be hard to get to this one. So, if you like to ache from laughter and feel the sore jaw of a night of outrageous comedy, get in quick! You’re not the only one.
Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow happens from June 19 – 20.
Since 1990, Erth Visual & Physical Inc. have been creating eye popping visual experiences for audiences. Their most recent production, I, Bunyip, explores authentic stories from Australia’s Indigenous traditions.
A unique performance using puppets, visual effects and multi-media, it will take you inside a world full of incredible and amazing creatures. This is one not to be missed that will astonish people of all ages and fill everyone with wonder.
I, Bunyip performances, June 21 – 22.
The Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium has created a fantastic season of sold out performances so far this year. No doubt this will continue with Sydney Brass. Sydney Brass is a versatile and accomplished chamber ensemble bringing the vibrant, beautiful sounds of brass instruments to Coffs Harbour.
Sydney Brass performs on June 24.
Stitch ‘n’ bitch
Following on the huge success of Codgers comes Don Reid’s take on the female perspective of life on the other side of retirement with Biddies. Five marvellous women find themselves back in their old school classroom plying their needle skills for the school chapel, when crisis hits.
Full of frank confessions, intense rivalries, outrageous jokes and a cast of accomplished, talented performers, Biddies will leave you with a smile on your face and hope in your heart.
Biddies will be held on June 26 – 27.
Wait, there’s more …
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be any more, the Jetty Theatre Young Performers will be showcasing their work at the end of the month. Performers from 8 – 18 years have been creating extraordinary work all year and will share it in an evening showcase event.
JTYP Showcase stars on June 28.
Yep, this could be the biggest month at the Jetty Memorial Theatre … ever!
More information on these events can be found at www.jettytheatre.com
This story was published in issue 21 Coffs Coast Focus