News from BMEC | A season of depth, surprise and joy

PHYSICAL: The production A Simple Space by Gravity and Other Myths will come to Bathurst this year. It will be part of a diverse season at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Photo: CHRIS HERTZFELD
PHYSICAL: The production A Simple Space by Gravity and Other Myths will come to Bathurst this year. It will be part of a diverse season at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. Photo: CHRIS HERTZFELD

BATHURST Memorial Entertainment Centre launched the 20th Annual Season late last year. Audience members saw excerpts of the season shows and received updates on other activities in the centre over the next 12 months.

Tickets to the BMEC Annual Season are currently on sale to BMEC Friends. From Tuesday, January 16, they will be on sale to everyone.

The BMEC Season 2018 will excite the imagination.

In April, the Catapult Festival will return to Bathurst. This youth circus festival brings young people from across Australia to our region for four days of workshops, forums and performances. The festival brings professional performers together with the youth to mentor and share skills.

This year, leading Australian circus and physical theatre company Gravity and Other Myths will return to Bathurst with its production A Simple Space. The company will be in Bathurst for a full week and as well as the performances the company will be working with local performers.

These local performers will begin preparing for the opening of ArtState. ArtState shines a light on regional arts practice in NSW, includes national and international guests and will take place in Bathurst in the first week of November.

The Climbing Tree will premiere at ArtState. It is a new work which has been developed through a three-year partnership between BMEC and the Australian Theatre For Young People (ATYP), written by Rachael Coopes with music by Guy Webster. This play is about life in Bathurst for young people.

The play will then transfer to Riverside Theatre at Parramatta for a Sydney season. Directed by BMEC’s manager Stephen Champion, The Climbing Tree will be produced by Local Stages, BMEC’s performing arts development program.

Other great new Australian work in the BMEC season includes Letters to Lindy by Alana Valentine, which will be performed on Tuesday, July 17. This stunning work explores the public’s relationship with Lindy Chamberlain, giving an insight into this compelling legal and human drama.

The BMEC 2018 Season also includes Bell Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in September and the return of Opera Australia in August with Madame Butterfly and Sydney Dance Company with Rafael Bonachela’s ab[intra].

The entire season is now online at www.bmec.com.au or you can contact BMEC on 6333 6161 to discuss membership and ticketing options.

Kylie Shead is creative producer at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre