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Understory

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A magical outdoor theatre show for kids in Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. 16-28 April, 2024 (April School Holidays) Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens. Have you heard fungi talk? Have you felt the forest hum?

Understory is a magical, interactive theatre adventure created for children by Roundabout Theatre, springing to life in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens this April school holidays from 16-28 April 2024.

Part theatre, part quest and part wacky science field trip, Understory is made to inspire children aged 7-11 years with a deep curiosity, wonder and connection to the natural world. The entire Hoop Pine Forest at Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens will become an enchanting theatrical world brought to life by an original story that is both fantastical and based in science and ecology principles.

Understory is engaging and interactive with small groups of children participating in each 90 minute show. Accompanied by two ‘Wonderer’ characters, children embark on an important mission to save the forest from disarray. On their quest they will need to collect clues, solve puzzles, crack codes, navigate obstacle courses and work together with the forest to shape the journey and the outcome.

Valley Lipcer, Roundabout Theatre Artistic Director and Understory’s writer and director, says, “Children are called to adventure with the main characters from the Understory world and actively progress the story through imaginative problem solving, riddles and activities.”

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“The Understory experience is imaginative theatrical play in nature where children learn about the environment and ecology via a wondrous fantasy world,” says Valley Lipcer “Through the show’s incredible design the children will meet talking fungi, whispering trees, booming rocks, nests of song, and will experience a myriad of surprising obstacles and whimsical interactions along the path.”

The Understory quest begins from the moment a ticket is purchased. An invitation is sent to your child (via email to parents/carers), inviting them to be ‘Wonderers’ and outlining the adventure ahead. Roundabout Theatre has also developed a highly interactive website at www.understory.roundabout.net.au to accompany the show. Parents and carers are encouraged to direct their children to the email and the website before they arrive at the show, so they are informed on how to be part of the Understory adventure.

Charlotte Pritchard, a Year 3 teacher from The Living School, described the experience for her class when they attended Understory during its creative development stage. “It was a truly magical and engaging experience for the students. It was so special for them to be outdoors, learning about nature, science, life cycles, in such a creative way, getting them to work together and problem solve. I have never seen anything like it before and we were truly blown away by how unique and special it was.”

Don’t miss out on discovering the magical adventure of Understory in the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Garden these April school holidays!

EVENT DETAILS:

  • Understory
  • By Roundabout Theatre
  • 16 -28 April, 2024 (except 17, 22, 25 April)
  • 2 shows daily 10am & 2.30pm
  • Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens, 313 Wyrallah Rd, Lismore
  • Tickets $30 (group discounts available)
  • Bookings & more info here.
  • Recommended for children aged 7-11 years.
  • Each show goes for 90 mins and children will walk approx 1km during the show.
  • Access: Please contact us with questions about your access needs at valley@roundabout.net.au

 

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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Free healthy lifestyle program for families in Tweed, Coraki and Grafton

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Free healthy lifestyle program for families in Tweed, Coraki and Grafton

 

Families in NSW can access support to build healthy habits together, plus tips and assistance with getting active, healthy eating and wellbeing.

Go4Fun is a free 10-week after school program for children aged 7-13 and their families, which aims to support their health and wellbeing.

Parents and carers can now enrol their primary school aged children in the Term 2 programs in Tweed, Grafton and Coraki.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services, Kathryn Watson said the program is for kids and their families who want to get healthier together.

“For many families, the focus is on just getting by on a day-to-day basis, and many don’t have the money to invest in healthy lifestyle programs,” Ms Watson said.

“We know many parents can be overwhelmed by the amount of healthy lifestyle information available. Go4Fun helps by providing easy tips to make healthy changes and involves parents, carers and children in activities to help put these into practice.

“This free program allows families to have the chance to learn healthy habits, and have fun together.”

The program includes games, activities, prizes and a supermarket tour. It also helps families and children to connect with others in their local area.

“Families love that the program is free and that it helps their child’s wellbeing, including their sleep. It creates a space to connect and build relationships as a family,” Ms Watson said.

“For families who are not in the Tweed, Grafton or Coraki areas, the Go4Fun online program is always an option.”

Parents and carers can sign up to the program directly, and health professionals and GPs can also refer their patients.

Places are available for Term 2 in the following locations:

  • CORAKI
    Aboriginal Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: Coraki Youth Hall, 75 Bridge St, Coraki NSW 2471
    To register for the Coraki program, call Coraki Campbell HealthOne on (02) 6683 9000
  • GRAFTON
    Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: PCYC, 300 Powell Street, Grafton NSW 2460
  • TWEED
    Go4Fun
    Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 1 May
    Location: Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure Dr, Woodlands Dr, Banora Point NSW 2486

For more information and to register your child, call 1800 780 900, visit here.

 

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