Internationally-renowned director and performer Omar Pumar Romay dons a mask for his performances today and tomorrow.
Internationally-renowned director and performer Omar Pumar Romay dons a mask for his performances today and tomorrow.

The masquerade of masks

By ZOE SATHERLEY

PUTTING on a mask is better than taking drugs, says internationally-renowned director and performer Omar Pumar Romay, in Nimbin for a series of Mardi Grass performances.

"It frees you from inhibitions and gives you permission to perform in unconventional ways," he said.

"The mask allows you to become anyone or anything. It is a very liberating and powerful dramatic medium."

Omar said Mardi Grass in Nimbin heralds culture and art as much as the push for drug law reform.

"Nimbin has some of the most creative talent in Australia," he said.

Now based in Brisbane, the former Nimbin resident and drama tutor at Nimbin Central School has returned to town with partner Rina Sani and actor Ana Castilla Martinez to entertain festival-goers.

Their original performance piece, Storm in a Skull, is a contemporary Australian story portrayed through the cultural fusion of conventional Italian commedia dell'arte and timeless Indonesian wayang perfor- mance styles.

n The show is on today and tomorrow at 7.30pm, at Nimbin Central School Hall, Cullen Street. Bookings 0417806899. Tickets $15 / $12 (concession).



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