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Oddysea – by Sensorium Theatre
a multi-sensory performance for audiences with special needs.
Some of you will recall that we shared some information about Oddysea at the 2017 BMEC Season Launch. Now we are commencing a fundraising campaign to cover the costs of bringing Sensorium
to Bathurst for a week in June.
Taking young audiences on an amazing undersea journey, Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea is a multi sensory performance specifically designed for audiences with special needs.
Set in a beautiful oceanic installation, the story unfolds around each audience member, using song,touch, smell and taste.
Starting on the seashore, Oddysea follows the adventures of Crab and Turtle as they dive deep beneath the sea, meeting a cast of colourful characters in this story of fun and friendship.
Hailing from Western Australia, Sensorium Theatre is at the forefront of inclusive performance in Australia, providing all children access to enriching artistic experiences.
“The ability to enjoy a story should be a right for kids with special needs,” co-Artistic Director Francis Italiano said.
“We provide as many sensory ‘ins’ as possible – things to touch and smell and taste – so that everyone can experience the story.”
The public performances allow families to attend as a group and enjoy the performance together, with the needs of their child being at the forefront of the performers’ minds.
“Too often performances are designed for mainstream kids and sometimes a session gets adapted for children with special needs. We turned that on its head and created a show specifically for children with disabilities,” Italiano said.
Sensorium Theatre is dedicated to making shows that spark young imaginations, immersing them in amazing multi-sensory worlds to fully engage children in enriching artistic experiences.
While Sensorium is in Bathurst they will engage with students and teachers from Carenne (Bathurst) and Holman Place (Cowra) schools. The cast will introduce the students to the characters and conduct professional development sessions with teachers in the days leading up to the performances. At the end of the week there will be two performances for the general public and people with disabilities of all ages are welcome to attend.
A schedule for the week is attached. If, as a donor, you would like to observe a performance please let the BMEC Box Office know and we will endeavour to make that possible.
Please donate to the Oddysea fund
The current budgeted deficit to have Sensorium here for the week is $17,400 and we seek your help to bridge this gap.
Another great Independent line up at BMEC
Independent performances make up a substantial part of the entertainment options provided to the broader community by BMEC. The next two months will give our patrons a varied choice of entertainment starting with the production of Xanadu presented by the Carillon Theatrical Society.
Bathurst audience have supported the CTS annual performance for over 50 years and Xanadu is already proving to be a popular choice with the special showing on Thursday to an enthusiastic audience from 8 schools. Last night was the Opening night for the general public with the season running until 13 May.
Wiggle around Australia with The Wiggles on Tuesday 30 May will definitely be a family fun day for all. Two shows with lots of familiar songs to sing and dance along with.
Wednesday 17 June sees the return of the Australian Bee Gees.
The Australian Bee Gees Show is currently performing at The Excalibur Hotel and Casino and has been in residence for the last 6 years. The group has racked up over 2000 performances on the Las Vegas Strip and has just been resigned for another 2 years until Feb 2018.
The Australian Bee Gees Show was recently voted Best Tribute Show in Las Vegas by the prestigious Las Vegas Review Journal for 2015 and has made the top 10 in the ‘Overall Best Show’ category, an amazing achievement in Las Vegas. They were also honoured to receive the coveted Entertainer of the Year award for 2015 at the prestigious Win Win Headliners Bash.
See the funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival at BMEC on Friday 9 June. They are hitting the road and bringing all-star comedy showcases to a range of locations in every state of Australia – playing to audiences in 66 different towns! The tour is coming to Sutherland, Bathurst and Gosford with an epic comedy line up expertly curated from this year’s festival, sure to leave audiences sore from belly laughs!
MC for the night is the inimitable superstar Rhys Nicholson – whose razor sharp wit and wry humour is sure to keep the laughs coming!
Highlights from the Showcase will include the no-nonsense comedy of one of Australia’s most in-demand comedians, Luke Heggie, and mischievous Australian comedy darling Becky Lucas! With special guests joining these comedy stars live on stage, you’d better strap in because this is a night you will not want to miss.
So call your pals, book the babysitter and grab your tickets to the funniest night of entertainment you will see all year - get in quick and don’t miss out on a huge night of laughs!
On Friday 23 June enjoy the soothing tones of Harrison Craig. Having released his third studio album on Friday November 4 (2016), Harrison Craig is set to embark on an extensive national tour of Australia in 2017 singing the Kings Of Vegas.
Harrison’s Kings Of Vegas album is homage to the most important music in Harrison’s life. From Nat King Cole to Sinatra's Rat Pack, Elvis Presley to Tom Jones, Mel Torme to Frankie Valli the album includes new interpretations of classics such as Almost Like Being In Love, She’s A Lady and Comin’ Home.
His unique tone and crooning style sets him apart in his genre and come 2017, fans will be excited to see Harrison bring these songs to life on stage for his Kings of Vegas: Lounge Sessions tour which will reach both capital cities and regional towns.
Contact BMEC Box Office for more information and for tickets Ph 6333 6161 or bmec.com.au