10 May 2024

Nine things to do in the regions (10 - 16 May)

| Claire Sams
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The Acacia Quartet is preparing for an upcoming performance in Narooma. Photo: Holly Bradford.

Warm days are quickly becoming a distant memory, which means it’s time to dig out your coat (and scarf and gloves), because there’s still great things happening outside the house. Take your seats for theatre productions in Queanbeyan and Batemans Bay, celebrate mum with something creative or send the kids off for some science fun.

Multiple days

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This production gives an old story new life. Image: The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre/Facebook.

The Trojan War

When: 14 and 15 May, from 7:30 pm each day
Where: Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q), 253 Crawford Street, Queanbeyan
Cost: Tickets cost between $30 and $59.90, and are available via the Performing Arts Centre’s website.

For its latest production, A Slightly Isolated Dog has taken on one of the most well known stories from Greek mythology. When Paris, a Trojan prince is born, his parents are told that he will bring the destruction of the city. To avoid this fate, he is sent away to be sacrificed. The problem is, Paris grows up – and his choice of wife turns Greece against Troy. The Trojan War features strong language and adult themes and is recommended for people aged 15 years and older.

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This adaption of Oscar Wilde’s play is heading into its final shows. Photo: Bay Theatre Players Inc./Facebook.

The Importance of Being Earnest

When: 26 April to 11 May, shows at various times
Where: Bay Theatre Players, 33 Gregory Street, Batemans Bay
Cost: Tickets cost between $20 and $30 are available via TryBooking.

Director Deborah Franco helms this adaption of Oscar Wilde’s 1895 play by the Bay Theatre Players. It is the story of bachelors Jack Worthing and Algy Moncrieff, who change their names to Ernest. But when they fall in love, keeping up their ruse becomes increasingly difficult in this comedy. There are just a few shows left in the production’s run, so make sure to head along.


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Treat your ears to the latest performance from the quartet. Photo: Supplied.

Acacia and Friends: Sextets

When: 11 May, 2:30 to 4 pm
Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tilba Street, Narooma
Cost: Tickets cost $30 and are available via TryBooking.

The Acacia Quartet will be joined by violist Emil Cantor and cellist Laurentiu Sbarcea for this performance. Together they will perform sextets (pieces of music written for six string instruments) composed by Johannes Brahms, Antonin Dvorak and Lyle Chan.

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Sam Fletcher Band will headline this concert calling for climate action. Photo: Sam Fletcher/Facebook.

Rock on for Climate Action concert

When: 11 May, 5 to 9:30 pm
Where: Smokey Dan’s, 2152 George Bass Drive, Tomakin
Cost: Free entry, though people can donate to 350 Eurobodalla via Humanitix.

Unwind after a long week with some live music from headliner Sam Fletcher Band and local bands Ron Callaghan, Joint Custody and Flavum. This is no ordinary concert – the evening will also feature speeches from Eurobodalla high school students and breastfeeding counsellor Doctor Michelle Hamrosi. It’s all been organised to bring the community together to inspire action on climate change.


Margot stands in shop.

You’re sure to find something to spoil mum at this market. Photo: Hannah Sparkes.

Merchant Campbell Mother’s Day Providore Foodie Market Day

When: 11 May, 10 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Merchant Campbell, 287 Comur Street, Yass
Cost: Free entry.

Merchant Campbell owner Margot Shannon has put the hard work in for this Mother’s Day treat: 12 market stalls, coffee and a chance to pet a camel. Producers from across the artisan food community in and around Yass will come along, offering chocolate, cheese and olive oil. And if you need to pick something up, ingredients will also be for sale – such as beef, chutneys and jams.

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Spend Saturday doing something creative with mum at a Goulburn cafe. Photo: The Pavilion Goulburn/Facebook.

Mother’s Day Paint and Sip

When: 11 May, 1:30 to 4 pm
Where: The Pavilion Cafe, 37-41 Clifford Street, Goulburn
Cost: Tickets cost $65 per person and can be purchased online.

If you are (or your mum is) the creative type, add this one to your list. Creative Space Goulburn has partnered with The Pavilion Cafe in Goulburn for this event. Participants will learn how to paint with acrylics on canvas. A high tea will also be provided by The Pavilion Cafe.

Costa Georgiadis

The familiar face of Costa Georgiadis will be in Bega this weekend. Photo: Supplied.

In Conversation with Costa panel discussion

When: 11 May, 5 to 8 pm
Where: Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, Zingel Place, Bega
Cost: Tickets cost $20 and are available via Trybooking.

Keen on getting your hands dirty? ABC journalist Linda Mottram will MC a panel exploring how Bega Valley agri-businesses and food producers can give waste a second life by repurposing it. For the panel, Costa Georgiadis will be joined by University of Wollongong Professor of Nutrition Karen Charlton and Cal Champagne from Grow the Future. The panel discussion follows an interactive workshop from 3 pm on circular and sustainable practices in the agri-businesses industry.

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This fundraiser will support Berridale OOSHC. Image: Supplied.

Sip, Graze, Draw fundraiser

When: 11 May, 1 to 4 pm
Where: Thorn & Snow, 1/64 Jindabyne Road, Berridale
Cost: Tickets cost $80 (plus booking fee) and are available via Humanitix.

Grab some friends and head to Berridale for some fun, all to support Berridale OOSHC, a not-for-profit childcare service for the village. Aimee Moy will lead the afternoon of creative fun, while Thorn & Snow, Shut the Gate, Jindabyne Brewing and Dalgety Brewing will bring food and drink so no one goes hungry.


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Spend the afternoon having fun and learning some new science facts. Image: Eurobodalla Children’s Services/Facebook.

Dr Graham’s Science Shenanigans

When: 16 May, 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Where: Moruya RSL Memorial Hall, 11 Page Street, Moruya
Cost: Tickets cost $15 and are available via eventbrite (required by 4 pm on 14 May).

Curious kids can learn something new in this show – and be out from under your feet. The show is set to feature classic experiments – think boiling nitrogen and a leaf-blower levitating a basketball. Bookings are required by 4 pm on Tuesday (14 May).

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