New play helps theatre industry

Director Richard Vinycomb and producer Suzie Mylecharane are excited about their new production ‘On Shifting Sandshoes’.
Director Richard Vinycomb and producer Suzie Mylecharane are excited about their new production ‘On Shifting Sandshoes’.
By day he is the director of the Byron Region Community College (formerly ACE), by night Richard Vinycomb turns his talents to directing plays.

From a very young age Richard has been an actor with a love of theatre.

As a founding member of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s first youth theatre in the 70s, he is now turning his acting talents to help grow theatre in the Byron Shire.

“I am very excited about investing in the potential of theatre in our area,” Richard said.

“We have some amazing talent here and what we are doing with this new play I am involved in is quite ambitious and very exciting.”

Richard has established Far East Productions, an independent theatre company, under the auspices of ACE, and rehearsals are under way for a new production ‘On Shifting Sandshoes’.

The play, a comedy about surviving the great Australian holiday, will be presented at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall from July 15 to 18 and then again on July 22 to 25.

Richard has teemed up with former music promoter Suzie Mylecharane, who is producing the show.
“We are thrilled to be working together,” Suzie said.

“I have always admired Richard’s work and there’s such a need here to foster independent theatre and this show is going to be great.”

As the former owner of Ku Promotions, Suzie has been involved in the music industry for 22 years and in the early 70s she did the costumes for the original production of the musical ‘Hair’.

Written by Suffolk Park playwright Paul Davies, ‘On Shifting Sandshoes’ features six local actors – three men and three women.

The play tells the story of a group of friends who go camping to Stradbroke Island and get trapped there after a cyclone.

Show tickets with a three-course dinner and a hot drink are $55/48 and are available from All Music and Vision Byron Bay; Barebones Bangalow and Mullumbimby Bookshop.

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