NORPA reveals an uplifting 2020 Season highlighting local talent.



    NORPA has revealed a thrilling 2020 Season packed full of comedy, drama, dance and music bringing together exciting homegrown performances with the best of national touring productions.All thirteen shows are now on sale including new NORPA original work, Flow, created by Yaegl Bundjalung man Mitch King. Flow is a yarn about Yaegl country. It’s an urban tale of finding identity in music and hip hop, a personal story of family pride and friendship, and an ancient story about the water that flows through this country.In 2020 NORPA will also premiere a new show from Sprung!! Integrated Dance Theatre, the Northern Rivers based mixed abilities dance and theatre company creating inspiring work. A work of startling beauty O, How I Dreamt of Things Impossible is the result of five years of collaboration between Artistic Director Michael Hennessy and Sprung!! dancers.NORPA has teamed up with Brunswick Picture House to bring a brand new cabaret show CHEEKY to Lismore. From the creative team behind the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed circus/cabaret sensations La Soirée and Club Swizzle the crew from Brunswick Picture House are ready to light up Lovemore. A variety show on acid, CHEEKY celebrates the weird, the wonderful and the wildly entertaining.Nimbin based director Darcy Grant brings his international hit Backbone to NORPA in 2020. Performed by award-winning physical theatre company Gravity and Other MythsBackbone is a high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, testing the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.NORPA 2020 will also roll out the red carpet for comedian Jonathan Biggins as Paul Keating with The Gospel According to Paul, Bell Shakespeare with Comedy of Errors, explosive physical theatre company Legs on the Wall with their award-winning work Man with the Iron Neck (co-directed by Brunswick Heads based creative Josh Bond, set design by Main Arm based Joey Ruigrok), Orwell’s intensely powerful classic Animal Farm by acclaimed Brisbane based company shake & stir and for kids the next incredible instalment of Andy Griffith’s juggernaut Treehouse series, the 91 Storey Treehouse live on stage, with artistic direction by NORPA’s Julian Louis.

    Music lovers will be thrilled with the hit-singing, pint-swigging feel-good sensation Choir of Man, the joyful, music soaked Playlist where 5 young women talk about their favourite female artists and Tubular Bells For Two when two musical maestros recreate Mike Oldfield’s classic album live on stage. Grammy award winning artist Patty Griffin is also coming to NORPA in 2020 for a special performance for one night only. Patty’s last tour to Australia was in 2008 with a string of sell-out performances across the country.

    “On paper, our 2020 season delivers more of the best national productions and NORPA originals, which you’ve come to expect, but things feel different this year,” says NORPA Artistic Director Julian Louis “Familiar stories have been reshaped. Ancient tales retold. New ways of moving explored. And all of it ingrained with a great spirit of fun and playfulness.”

    “Lismore feels fresh too. With its wild heart and bright artistic vibrancy, hidden under a tough exterior, I had to agree when someone described it as the ‘Berlin of the North Coast’ recently. We’re proud to call Lismore home, and thanks to the support from the Lismore City Council, it’s exciting to watch it continue to shape culture and entertainment in our region.”

    The lighting and sound equipment at NORPA’s home Lismore City Hall has undergone a significant upgrade following a grant from the NSW Government’s Regional Cultural Fund, bringing the venue’s equipment up to the standard of a contemporary performing arts centre. A key component was replacing the venue’s halogen lighting with LED lighting, significantly reducing Lismore City Hall’s operating costs and carbon footprint through reduced electricity consumption.

    “Lismore City Hall already had brilliant acoustics, but new world-class sound and lighting equipment means this year you’ll get to experience performances that will stick with you long after they’ve left the stage.”

    “And because we’ve got this amazing set-up, we’re launching a new live music program Studio Sessions curated by Kate Stroud from Dusty Attic (arguably the hippest music venue in town) featuring a regular parade of bands and musicians.”

    All of NORPA’s 2020 Season shows are now on sale at or by calling the Box Office on 1300 066 772. Subscription packages of three shows or more attract at 20% discount and start from as little as $60 for three shows! Subscriptions make the perfect gift and are a great way to organise a year full of incredible entertainment. Get in quick before shows sell out!

    Check out NORPA’s 2020 Season Brochure online here!

    All NORPA 2020 shows now on sale at

    Jonathan Biggins is Paul Keating in the smash hit comedy about a critical time in Australian history and the man that shaped it.
    27 & 28 February
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    The team behind the sell-out Storey Treehouses Live on Stage series return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children and their adults.
    5 March
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    Chronicling love and death, heartache and joy, connection and detachment, the legendary Patty Griffin (US) brings her starkly beautiful live show to Lismore.
    13 March
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    A high-octane spree of physical virtuosity, Backbone by Gravity & Other Myths tests the limits of strength: physical, emotional, individual and collective.
    27 & 28 March
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    Get ready for the ultimate feel-good show with this stage stomping, hit singing, pint swigging sensation! Come along and sing your hearts out!
    3 April
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    George Orwell’s intensely powerful novel – live on stage in a critically-acclaimed production by shake & stir.
    5 & 6 May
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    Playlist is Beyoncé meets the women’s marches meets Australian Idol. It’s full of suburban dreams and pop star fantasies.
    14 May
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    A variety show on acid! Bigger bolder and brasher than ever before. Smashing together circus, vaudeville, comedy, new burlesque and everything in between.
    18, 19 & 20 June
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    A story of love, loss, and hope, from Australia’s leading physical theatre company Legs On The Wall.
    15 & 16 July
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    Bell Shakespeare’s hilarious romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps.
    22 & 23 September
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    Two musical maestros battle with a stageful of instruments to reproduce Mike Oldfield’s classic Tubular Bells album live.
    1 October
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    A novel work of beauty, integrity and depth by Sprung! Integrated Dance Theatre.
    22, 23 & 24 October
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    An urban tale of finding identity in music and hip hop, a personal story of family pride and friendship and an ancient story about the water that flows through this country. A NORPA original work.
    26, 27 & 28 November
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