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Masters of Physical Comedy Come to Riverlinks

Brilliant, riotous and ridiculous, ‘The Shneedles’ will bring new meaning to non-verbal communication when they perform at WestSide Performing Arts Centre on Friday 3rd June.

Described as masters in the art of physical comedy, ‘The Shneedles’ are the extraordinary duo of Wolfe Bowart and Bill Robison who combine acrobatics, mime, vaudeville, magic, music and comedy to produce absurd and delightful performances.

Rob Robson, Greater Shepparton City Council’s Manager for Performing Arts and Conventions, said the style of performance is reminiscent of Monty Python and Buster Keaton.

“At WestSide ‘The Shneedles’ will perform, ‘Luggage’, a surrealistic tale of two misfit performers and their battle with a magical suitcase.  As the performance progresses, their simple show becomes a full-scale comic nightmare!”

“Their comic perfection is even more impressive as they perform almost entirely without words, making it accessible for all audiences on a different level, without language or age barriers,” Mr Robson added. 

“Plates fly, inanimate objects come to life, a rubbish bin inhales a man…. Welcome to the kooky world of ‘The Shneedles’!”

‘The Shneedles’ will be presented by Sprit Entertainment and Riverlinks at 7.30 pm on Friday 3rd June at the WestSide Performing Arts Centre. 

For bookings or more information, please contact the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511, or drop into the Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton.

“The Shneedles have redefined clowning by bringing a unique combination of grace and humour to the stage as they deal with the deep subjects of life – unrequited love, death and mousetraps in your pants.”

Entertainment ‘On Tap’ with Barmaids at Riverlinks

Riverlinks will treat audiences to a night out at the pub with a visit from a pair of beer-swilling, karaoke singing barmaids to the WestSide Performing Arts Centre next week.

‘Barmaids’, a hilarious comedy by Australian Playwright Katherine Thomson is the story of two mature barmaids who work at The Arms Hotel in an Australian port town. 

The Council’s Manager for Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said the barmaids’ jobs are put in jeopardy when new management takes over the business.

“They see a new breed of karaoke singing, topless barmaids moving in on their territory, their ‘home away from home’,” Mr Robson said.

Through this avenue the play looks at the challenges women face everyday in terms of relationships, love, ageing and being valued for their work.

The play stars Genevieve Picot and Valerie Bader as the experienced, straight-talking, wickedly cheeky and truly Australian barmaids.

“Everyone is invited to join in the karaoke, beer drinking and trophy presentations as you watch the two women fight for their little place in the world, and ‘sing like nobody’s listening’.”

‘Barmaids’ will be presented by HIT Productions and Riverlinks at 8.00 pm on Tuesday 31st May at the
WestSide Performing Arts Centre. 

For bookings or more information about special ticket deals, please contact the Riverlinks Box Office on 5832 9511, or drop into the Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton.

New Exhibition of Children’s Art Opening at Shepparton Art Gallery

An exciting new exhibition of local primary school children’s artwork will officially open at the Shepparton Art Gallery on Wednesday 18th May.

‘My Heroes’ is an exhibition of art pieces from students in primary schools across the region serviced by the Tongala Mobile Arts and Craft Centre (MACC) 1 and 2 vans.

The MACC and teachers Gwenifer Hack and Pauline Kilpatrick teach art and craft to rural schools with fewer than 100 students. The MACC vans help to raise the profile of arts in small schools and allow those who would like to become artists develop more skills and experience.

25 schools in the Goulburn Valley are involved in the exhibition and have provided more than 1100 pieces of art for display.

The participating primary schools are from number of small towns throughout the region, including Ardmona, Colbinabbin, Congupna, Currawa, Dhurringile, Dookie, Drummartin, Elmore, Girgarre, Harston, Invergordon, Katamatite East, Katunga, Katunga South, Kialla, Lancaster, Lemnos, Merrigum, Mooroopna Nth, Tallygaroopna, Undera, Wunghnu, Waaia/Yalca South and Zeerust. 

The students’ artwork will feature in the foyer of Eastbank and inside the gallery in the Child’s View area. 

The exhibition will be officially opened by Brian Collins, Senior Education Officer, Goulburn North Eastern Region, at 11.00 am on Wednesday 18th May.

‘My Heroes’ will continue in the gallery until Sunday 10th July.

Admission to the Shepparton Art Gallery is free and it is open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gallery is located in the Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, phone (03) 5832 9861.

The Shepparton Art Gallery is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Community Support Fund, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Shadowland – A Photographic Exhibition to Touch the Australian Heart

Local refugees living on Temporary Protection Visas will share their experiences, struggles and hopes at the launch of a new photography exhibition at the Shepparton Art Gallery on Thursday 12th May.

The exhibition is a close collaboration between photographer Viv Mehes, and a number of refugees living on temporary visas in Australia. 

It interweaves photo narratives with murals and text, and real fragments of the lives of Wiam, Usama, Shafiqa, Lailya, Masoud and Mohammed, who speak of their exile from their home countries, their struggle to find a safe haven in Australia and their hopes for the future.

Over one and a half years, the photographer has worked closely with the participants as they chose stories and experiences they wished to share with the Australian public.  The resulting exhibition tells a tale of remarkable resilience and dignity as they struggle to live in the uncertain shadowland of the new
open-ended rolling visas.

Bold two metre vinyl portrait banners invite the viewer into an intimate room in which each person tells their story in a multilayered installation.  Stark and lyrical black and white photographs tell of their flight, their journey to our shores and living for years in our community. Ghostlike voile portraits float without root or anchor linked to photo murals that depict urban landscapes that speak to their sense of wellbeing.

The launch will be held from 2.00 pm on Thursday 12th May at the Shepparton Art Gallery.  The exhibition will continue in the gallery until Sunday 12th June. For further information contact Leanne Willis, Director, Shepparton Art Gallery – 5832 9861.