BMEC season review: 2017 had something for everyone

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: The Spooky Men got the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre's 2017 season off to a memorable start back in February. Photo: SUPPLIED
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: The Spooky Men got the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre's 2017 season off to a memorable start back in February. Photo: SUPPLIED

EACH year BMEC strives to ensure that our annual season has wide appeal – and 2017 was no exception.

The year began with a performance by the internationally renowned Spooky Men. BMEC audiences loved them. 

Other musical highlights of the 2017 included the incredible Naomi Price along with Luke Kennedy, Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney  International Piano Competition and The Song Company with their musical adventure Dreamers of the Day.

In March we saw Mr Stink, which was a wonderful performance for all ages, and Patch Theatre Company also returned to BMEC with Emily Loves to Bounce. BMEC and Patch Theatre Company have a long term partnership through the Creative Learning Project which aims to engage with our youngest audience members – and instill in these 4-8 year olds a love of theatres.

For the first time at BMEC we experienced verbatim headphone theatre in the production of Hello Goodbye and Happy Birthday. Many audiences were touched by this intimate and revealing work.

Also using verbatim theatre techniques we experienced Coranderrk  by Ilbijerri Theatre Company & Belvoir. I’m sure many audiences would remember Coranderrk as a raw and touching experience.

In August we experienced Saltbush. Saltbush was a wonderful experience. Using light, music and play this was an interactive experience which was loved by children and adults. 

An ensemble of Aboriginal artists collaborated with Insite Arts and the internationally renowned Italian Compagnia TPO to create this highly acclaimed work.

In September we watched in awe as Dalisa Pigram performed Gudirr Gudirr. This contemporary dance work was followed in October by Giselle by the Australian Ballet.

Finally, the year came to a glittering finish with From Broadway to Ballroom  in late October.  

BMEC’s annual season and other programs reach widely into the community. Recently Bathurst has experienced the Inland Sea of Sound  and in April 2018 we will host the Catapult Festival, which brings youth circus companies from across Australia to Bathurst. 

We will also continue to run Local Stages – which is taking local theatre to the national stage.

In 2018 we also promise another fabulous  season  of theatre  for all.

Members of the community are invited to attend the BMEC Season Launch on Tuesday, November 22 to find out more. Contact BMEC box office to RSVP. 

Kylie Shead is the creative producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre