15 May 2020
While we are doors are not open we are still here. If you need to contact us please phone 6333 6161 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday or email us. We are working to open the doors as soon as we can. We are making plans to ensure that our staff and audiences and performers will be as safe as possible at BMEC. We are also looking at a number of options for our own online events. We will be announcing more soon. Until then there are still many arts activities to enjoy online:
You can now catch sessions from the Bathurst Writers’ & Readers’ Sessions via the BMEC Local Stages Youtube channel Click
We would also love you to complete our online survey about the festival – details are here
This week Sydney Opera House is presenting Kevin McLeod in Conversation, The Tap Pack and more. All information is available at https://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/
National Theatre at Home is now showing Barber Shop Chronicles, A Street Car Named Desire is coming soon. Click here for more
Sydney Theatre Company has introduced STC Virtual – podcasts, playreadings, poetry. Check it out here
We hope you enjoy some theatre at home this week and we look forward to having you back at BMEC soon!
We are all meeting online regularly - we will post some more pics soon!
23 April 2020
This weekend is the Bathurst Writers' & Readers' Festival. (1-3 May) You can check it out via facebook or through our website! On Sunday we will be presenting 4 new plays by local writers - don't miss out.
Treat whoever you live with to a show from home when Mitchell Conservatorium’s PUBlic Choir goes LIVE on facebook. A social distancing friendly way to warm up those vocal chords, next one will be held on 20 May. Check out the facebook page for more info
Local band The Safety of Life at Sea have released a new single and a unique video clip created form isolation with the help of fans and friends. Check it out here to catch some of your favourite local artists having a boogie.
Home Grown Australian Theatre Live are streaming highlights of Australian Theatre on their facebook, . Make sure to like the page for updates as they are churning through Aussie classics, join thousands of viewers watching high-quality recordings of greats like The Dapto Chaser and David Williamson’s Emerald City from home. You can also donate to support their efforts and Virus-FreeTheatre Festival here.
Sydney Opera House are offering a diverse digital program with highlights from their events, talks, music, dance, and theatre. This week you can catch Australian Chamber Orchestra on Friday 1 May as well as contemporary music, comedy, talks and more
Classic Streamed Shakespeare are delivering weekly staged readings of the Bard’s classics from Sydney. This Sunday, May 3rd at 2pm they’ll be performing As You Like it
National Theatre Live are playing their incredibly high qualityworks on YouTube for free, making shows available for free for a week at a time. Next up are Frankenstein and Anthony & Cleopatra
For All Ages
Looking for something that you can laugh along with with the kids? Did you know that The Listies (visited Bathurst in 2015 with The Listies Make You LOL have a miniseries available for you to watch now on ABC iview?
They also have a full suite of videos on their YouTube channel! If you have a valid school or university email address you can access ATYP On Demand. You can find high quality streams of their shows along with a whole suite of educational resources and extra tidbits! You can also catch their latest show CUSP, co-produced with Brown’s Mart and filmed at Stables Theatre (season cut short by pandemic) on Youtube for the second half of April.
Seen at BMEC
Sydney Writers’ Festival are still working to fill your ears with literary discussion via their Writers Talking Writers podcast playlist. They have nearly 400 clips on their website spanning recent festivals; including lectures, panels, podcasts and more. Prefer listening to plays? Check out this list of some of the best that the audiobook app Audible has to offer.
Sydney Dance Company are offering classes online. Their Virtual Studio is the perfect chance to join in on classes that you may never have had access to before from Bathurst.
Adelaide Fringe Festival are launching FringeVIEW, a pilot program to provide a platform to fringe artists to stream directly into your loungeroom. Subscribe to their newsletter to keep updated.
Join alt-burlesque queen Betty Grumble live from Sydney every morning at 10am for Grumble Boogie, a fun, aerobic dance class available on facebook and Instagram live. Or for an evening boogie at home join The Dollar Bin Darlings every Thursday night for their DoomsDay Disco.
BMEC Performances: postponements & refunds
• Mark Vincent – A Tribute to Mario Lanza, has been postponed to Friday 5 February 2021 at 7.30pm.
• The Australian Haydn Ensemble with Carla Blackwood has been postponed until late in the year. The date is being negotiated.
• You Got It! A Salute to Roy Orbison starring John Stephan has been postponed. The date is being negotiated.
• Lee Kernaghan’s performance has been postponed and a date is being negotiated.
• The World of Musicals, scheduled for 26 May has been postponed to 8 June 2021.
• Anh Do – The Happiest Refugee Live has been postponed to Monday 14 September 2020 at 7.30pm.
• Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase has been postponed to Saturday 28 November.
Box Office staff will be in touch with all patrons who have booked tickets in due course, to discuss options of transferring tickets to a new date or arranging a gift certificate or a refund. Please be patient with Box Office staff as there are a lot of events to manage.
We will send an update about other events as decisions are made.
We are thinking of all of our patrons at this difficult time and look forward to being able to welcome you back to BMEC.
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