David Helfgott with his new Czechoslovakian grand piano.
David Helfgott with his new Czechoslovakian grand piano. Contributed

NORPA to shine in 2011

PIANIST David Helfgott is one of a host of talented artists who will star in a year of great entertainment from Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).

“NORPA’s 2011 season reflects the diversity of our region,” artistic director Julian Louis said.

“Across the full palette of performance styles, some of Australia’s finest artists will entertain us through dance, plays, puppetry, music and song.”

Indigenous histories, stories set in the wilds of suburbia, love stories, epic political and satirical works, circus theatre and contemporary dance from some of the best touring shows in Australia are on the agenda.

Highlights include the Byron Bay International Film Festival from March 4 to March 13; Sydney Theatre Co.’s The Wharf Revue on Saturday, October 8; Julius Caesar by Bell Shakespeare Co. on October 13; and David Helfgott in concert on December 3.

On the third Saturday of each month, comedians from all over the country will perform at The Studio.

First up will be Cafe Rebetika, a love story set against the rise of the “Greek blues”.

“This year will be marked byexhilarating moments as we present the full range of contemporary theatre,” Mr Louis said.

In 2011, NORPA will be also looking for Youth Ambassadors – people aged between 16 and 26 who live in the Northern Rivers region who are passionate about theatre and keen to get involved with NORPA projects.

Anyone interested can call 6622 0300. For a full listing of the shows in the 2011 season, visit www.norpa.org.au, or call 1300 066 772.


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