If these walls could talk – NORPA’s Dreamland to bring a country hall to life in the Byron Bay hinterland
When it comes to traditional theatre shows, we’re used to witnessing the magic in auditoriums, theatre stages, music halls or the like. This May, the walls of a small country hall in the Byron Bay hinterland will come to life through an unmissable site-specific original production from regional theatre company, Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).
From Wednesday May 15 to Saturday May 25, audiences will be taken on a theatrical adventure with NORPA’s popular Dreamland production, which was first staged back in 2016. Dreamland has since been reimagined for a new season at Bangalow A&I Hall, with the show described by NORPA as “a world where time overlaps, where the ghosts of our country halls come to life to tell a joyous and powerful story of community, change and renewal across generations”.
The immersive production tells the story of a new resident wanting to hire the local hall and interrupts the ubiquitous hall committee meeting, which prompts a humorous crash course in local history. Performed with a live band, Dreamland tells its story through song, dance and hilarity – and brings the question of “if these walls could talk, what stories would they tell us?” to life in the most clever and wondrous way. Pre-show dinner will be available at venues throughout the town, and a pop-up bar will be open before and after each performance.
Image credits: Kate Holmes and Kurt Peterson