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Lismore, NSW 2480

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BEFORE HOLLYWOOD... THERE WAS BONNYWOOD!

Bonnywood Rising is a live-cinema performance project produced by Grayson Cooke and the SCU School of Arts and Social Sciences for the Arts Northern Rivers multi-arts project If These Halls Could Talk. In this project, Grayson Cooke worked with 100 members of the Bonalbo community to celebrate the histories – the true histories AND the slightly embellished ones – of the Bonalbo & District Memorial Hall.

Community halls play many roles for their people – as meeting places, as theatres, as rehearsal spaces, as sports clubs and, importantly, as cinemas. In Bonnywood Rising a cinematic history is imagined for the hall, weaving a yarn that places the Bonalbo Hall at the centre of the largest Australian regional film corporation you’ve never heard of.

Bonnywood Rising is presented as live-cinema, bringing together a film screening with live narration by Ewingar resident Alan Highfield, and live music by Amphibian.

Part Melodrama, part Western, part Historical Epic and part Complete Fabrication, Bonnywood Rising is a celebration of the ingenuity, the resilience, the spirit and the humour of the peoples West of the Range.

Bonywood Rising was origionally staged as part of If These Halls Could Talk; a region-wide season of contemporary arts events held in seven community halls across the Northern Rivers.

An Arts Northern Rivers project.

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