If These Halls Could Talk

Tumbulgum Hall “hummed” during the “Countdown to Midnight”.

Two evening performances of an original Opera Queensland production were sold out. The event was part of the Arts Northern Rivers project, titled “If These Halls Could Talk”.   Both nights received great reviews from the audience.  On display were a very talented local cast, and the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Choir, together with the acoustic character of our hall.  Supper plates provided by those attending were reminiscent of a time past.

Well done and thank you to Opera Q, ANR and community participants, all combining to create a unique and very memorable event.

Enjoy our montage of images from the two nights   Here

Watch for a segment about the project on the ABC television program, The Mix, in February 2017.

ANR is also working with Tweed Regional Gallery to a provide a ITHCT display in the ‘Anthony Section’ from 17 Feb to May 2017.   Details Here

If These Halls Could Talk – An Arts Northern RiversProject

If These Halls Could Talk has been a multi-arts project celebrating regional halls and the role they play in our communities.  As part of this project, Opera Qld has been working with local participants on a performance inspired by stories told in our Hall earlier this year.

There’s been an accident on the Tweed River. A collision. Someone has died and when that happens souls come to wait here on the bank to find out who will be taken into the afterlife. They’re waiting for the Ferryman to decide. The Tumbulgum Hall will be transformed into this other-worldly place; a place where souls meet and where the community comes together. And while souls meet this December they’ll be taken on a musical journey into the next world and into forever.

On 9 April 2015 Arts Northern Rivers launched their project If These Halls Could Talk. The two-year project invited everyone in the Northern Rivers to nominate their local hall for a chance to be involved in the community arts project, funded by Arts NSW Regional Partnerships.

Tumbulgum Hall was nominated by Brian Breckenridge and chosen by Arts Northern Rivers to represent Tweed Shire as one of 7 halls across the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.

29 January 2016 the artists  engaged to work with the halls were announced.  Tumbulgum’s community engagement day on Sunday 7 February was well attended by over 100 people keen to get involved with the project.  Catherine Marciniak, ABC Open recorded stories of memorable moments in the hall.  Jules Ober photographed the faces of Tumbulgum Hall.  Jason Barry-Smith of Opera Queensland led more than 60 singers of all abilities in the singing workshop.

Congratulations on a great day go to TCA members and friends who spent hours making phone calls, posting and distributing postcards and flyers and helping on the day: Sue, Brian, Jan, Robert, Rex, Bruce, Heidi, Gwen, Donna, Jenny, David, Beth and Yvonne, Trish.   Community volunteers make all the difference!

Opera Queensland Artistic Director, Lindy Hume, together with Creative Directors Jason Barry-Smith and Rod Ainsworth, spent 30 April – 1 May at Tumbulgum Hall to engage the community again in telling the stories that should be told, sharing recipes for the food that should be eaten and singing the songs that should be sung to tell the story of Tumbulgum Hall in all its glory.  Listen to ABC Open’s recording here.

In August 2016 Arts Northern Rivers announced the full program for If These Halls Could Talk, a region-wide season of contemporary arts events being held in seven community halls from the 17 September – 17 December 2016.

Opera Queensland held auditions on 1 and 2 October in the Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre for singers and musicians for its forthcoming presentation Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper between Now and Forever that will be performed at Tumbulgum Hall on 16 and 17 December as part of Arts Northern Rivers’ If These Halls Could Talk project.

About the If These Halls Could Talk project

7 Halls. 7 Artists. 7 Events.

Tumbulgum and the Countdown to Midnight at the First Supper Between Now and Forever