Night under the stars
NORPA are bringing two stars of the Australian stage to the region to entertain guests at an intimate fundraising function next month.
A Night Under The Stars, to be held at a private residence in Eureka on March 16, will see Australia's king of cabaret, Paul Capsis and comedic actor Phil Scott of Sydney Theatre Company's popular political satire, The Wharf Revenue come to town.
Capsis, an Australian singer and actor famous for his cabaret theatre roles, said he was thrilled to be returning.
"I'm really excited, I haven't been there for a long time," he said. "(Last time in Lismore) I remember really loving it, there was a great diversity in the audience, and I felt like the people really embraced what I was doing.
"I'm thrilled that NORPA invited me to take part in something that is very important in what it's setting out to do, which is funding in Australian productions, works that have come from here, I'm very passionate about that."
The night will feature fine food and wines as selected by the event producer Remy Tancred, director of the popular Sample Festival, showcasing local delicacies and culinary delights. All funds raised will go to NORPA's Generator program for creating new theatre works with local, national and international performing artists and practitioners.
Celebrating 20 years this year, NORPA has a strong tradition of creating adventurous, dynamic theatre works such as Railway Wonderland that explore issues facing regional communities.
NORPA is one of only a handful of regional theatre companies remaining in Australia that produces its own theatre works and would like to continue to do so.
NORPA has three new Generator works in development, involving the Bundjalung community, the disability sector and exploring issues of home and homelessness.