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Poetry at the Rails

Writers at the Rails on Sunday will feature one of Australia’s top performance poets, the iconic poetic Sydney wordsmith Tug Dumbly, longtime host of the city’s Friend-in-Hand show. Along with a bevy of invited readers, singer/songwriters and the cash cow Poetry Slam. Show starts at 2pm, free entry.

Bell Shakespeare brings The Merchant of Venice to NORPA


Money makes the world go around. Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes the value of it. Love also plays a part. Portia offers it. Bassanio wants it. And Antonio may lose a pound of flesh for it. NORPA is thrilled to welcome world-acclaimed company Bell Shakespeare back to the stage of Lismore City Hall with their new production The Merchant of Venice for two evening performances on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 September.

Artistic director Peter Evans said at the announcement earlier this year, ‘This uncompromising production explores the tense relationship and prejudices between those who have, and those who don’t.

The themes of justice and revenge continue to play strongly 400 years after this play was written.’

Featuring three-time Helpmann Award winner Mitchell Butel (Janet King and Rake) as the defiant Shylock, and Jessica Tovey (Wolf Creek and Wonderland) as Portia, the production is directed by Anne-Louise Sarks (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones and Medea), this masterfully envisioned production tackles the prejudices and preconceived notions of one of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays. Director Anne-Louise Sarks has developed a reputation for being unflinching in tackling difficult subjects.

Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant of…

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