Cowra Civic Centre has announced a program of theatre, comedy, dance, world and
classical music, workshops, feature films, world cinema and documentary screenings
including Australian and international artists.
After 50 years Cowra Council made changes to the operating model of Cowra Civic
Centre to become a professionally run venue and, through various grants, begun an upgrade
to the facility as well as investing in the cultural life of the community by programming arts
events. The upgrades will help attract more users of the facility, encourage arts tourism to
the area and create employment opportunities.
“Things have changed considerably at Cowra Civic Centre,” said Jonathan Llewellyn, Manager of
Cowra Civic Centre. “We are now home for performing arts, an upgraded cinema and special
events for the Cowra region. As well as hosting community and civic events, we are now presenting
a weekly cinema program and regular offerings of professional theatre, music, dance and comedy
The program of events reflects the diversity of the Cowra region and aims to pique the
interest of everyone in the local community as well as offering unique experiences for
visitors to the region.
The program so far includes:
IN THE ZONE
Hip-hop dance meets gaming technology in this ground-breaking new work by Shaun Parker
& Company. Enter the world of a video game through the dance forms of locking, popping,
waving and body-ticking, self-triggered electronic soundscapes which include crunchy
electronica, atmospheric strings, funky drum loops and more natural sounds of birds, ocean
waves and nature.
Friday 4 June at 7pm
INFUSION – NO MOVEMENT, NO SOUND
A rhythmic assault to the senses, a collaboration of world music and dance drawing on
ancient rhythms and contemporary and traditional West African dance.
Sunday 20 June at 4pm
JEKYLL & HYDE
Meet the most delightfully evil man alive, Mr Hyde. A man so evil he punches the cleaning
lady, drop-kicks a precious puffin and yells ‘shark’ at the beach. This mad-cap reworked
version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, makes for a terrifyingly hilarious night at the
Wednesday 16 June at 7:30pm
Comedy. Chaos. Participation. Delight. Don Juan is a theatre experience with a twist. Five
mad-cap performers tell the hilarious story of Don Juan, who has a reputation as the
world’s greatest lover. He lives big, loves big and doesn’t give a toss about the
consequences. A story of how we often fail to be the person we want to be, despite our
Thursday 17 June at 7:30pm
FOUR SEASONS SERIES
WINTER WARMERS WITH CHUTNEY
Join us for a musical celebration of the winter harvest with contemporary klezmer band,
Chutney and special guest Ilan Kidron, lead singer of The Potbelleez. Feast on a sumptuous
and freshly prepared platter of locally grown and seasonal produce, sip a glass of locally
made wine and tap your feet (maybe even dance!) to live music. Chutney puts a modern
twist on klezmer music. Blending influences from their Eastern European and Middle Eastern
heritage, they play a high-energy mix of original tunes and traditional melodies.
Saturday 10 July at 7pm
Compassion is a symphony of songs that unites the soulful power of Lior’s voice with the
radiance and vivid drama of Nigel Westlake’s orchestral style. Performed by an octet
comprising some of Australia’s best ensemble musicians, this unique collaboration celebrates
the liberating power of compassion that can bring people together across the divides of race
and fear. Poetic, beautiful and rewarding.
Thursday 15 July at 7pm
LIVE PERFORMANCE ON SCREEN
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE
Filmed live onstage from London’s West End, Arthur Miller’s dark and passionate play is
screened exclusively at cinemas. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his
Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece,
they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep,
unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.
6 & 12 June
★★★★ ‘Jaw-droppingly great’ Independent
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is captured live from the National Theatre in London
and screened at Cowra Civic Centre. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play
the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production.
17 – 25 July
SIX MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT
A good old fashioned spy thriller starring Jim Broadbent, Eddie Izzard and Judi Dench.
5 – 11 June
Two travelers, on the run from a band of vengeful hunters in 1820s Northwest America,
dream of striking it rich – but their tenuous plan to make their fortune on the frontier
comes to rely on the secret use of a wealthy landowner’s prized dairy cow.
11 – 13 June
The poignant story of one woman’s search for meaning in the vast and harsh American
wilderness directed and starring Robin Wright. In the aftermath of an unfathomable event, a
woman finds herself unable to stay connected to the world she once knew. After a local
hunter brings her back from the brink of death, she must find a way to live again.
18 – 20 June
THE MAN IN THE HAT
A contemporary odyssey of music, storytelling and silent comedy traversing the wonderful
landscapes of France. Pursued by five angry men the man in a hat journeys through France in
a Fiat 500 accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. On his escape he
hears stories of love and loss, listens to tunes from Carmen to Canteloube, and encounters
27 June – 3 July
A documentary film about pigs, cows and chickens. Black and white. Without words.
12 & 13 June
ART ON SCREEN: BOTTICELLI, FLORENCE & MEDICI
In this special cinema event, relive Florence and all its astonishing art and culture through
Botticelli’s life, his collaborations, his challenges and successes under the wing of the Medici
19 & 27 June
“This winter program is just a taste of what is to come and what the community should
start to expect to see at Cowra Civic Centre on a regular basis,” Llewellyn said. “I
encourage people to sign up for our regular e-newsletter, visit the website and like our
social media channels as the program is being added to regularly.”
Visit cowraciviccentre.com for more information, tickets and to join the e-news.