3 August 2023

Nine things to do in the Illawarra this week (4 - 9 August)

| Dione David
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Crowd of young people dancing at UniBar

Get set to celebrate Taylor Swift’s re-release at UniBar this weekend. Photo: UOW UniBar/Facebook.

The highly anticipated production SILENCE by proud Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man Thomas E.S. Kelly comes to Wollongong, Aussie rock legends You Am I pay tribute to The Who and dance, theatre and live music take the limelight this week in the Illawarra.

In Kiama, the local woodcraft group provide a bit of retail therapy and The Disability Trust elite performance program The Music Makers brings their fundraising performance to the Pavillion.

Ireland’s most celebrated dance production comes straight from Dublin to Wollongong and UOW UniBar celebrates the re-release of Taylor Swift’s third album.

Here are our top picks for the week.

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The Kiama Woodcraft Group are having an exhibition and sale of members' work

The Kiama Woodcraft Group are having an exhibition and sale of members’ work. Photo: Kiama Woodcraft Group.

Kiama Woodcraft Group – Exhibition and Sales

When: Until Wednesday 9 August, Thursday 1 pm – 4 pm and Friday to Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm
Where: Old Fire Station Art Gallery, 57 Terralong Street, Kiama
Cost: Free entry.

In the market for a special gift, or perhaps something pretty or practical for yourself? The Kiama Woodcraft Group are having an exhibition and sale of members’ work, with a wonderful variety of work on display.

The event doubles as a taster for anyone thinking of joining a woodcraft group, with helpful and knowledgeable members on hand, as well as a selection of traditional tools for sale.

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Black and white picture of a man with a moustache and thick eyebrows drawn on with a Sharpie

Sharpies is eight short plays crammed into one show. Photo: Wollongong Workshop Theatre.


When: Friday 4 August, 8 pm, Saturday 5 August, 8 pm and Sunday 6 August, 2 pm
Where: Wollongong Workshop Theatre, 190 Gipps Road, Gwynneville
Cost: Adult $33.08, concession $27.78, book here.

Wollongong Workshop Theatre presents this medley of eight one-act plays by acclaimed local playwright David Sharpe, all in one show.

Nobody with an appreciation of quality local theatre will want to miss this show, featuring a talented local cast of 17 performers presenting an eclectic range of stories that will make you laugh and cry.

Black and white flyer for the Woman in Black theatre production

The West End’s second longest-running play will move to the Illawarra with the opening of Stephen Mallatrat and Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black at the Miner’s Lamp Theatre for a limited season run. Image: Arcadians Theatre Group.

Arcadians Theatre presents The Woman In Black!

When: Friday 4 August, 7:30 pm to 10 pm, Saturday 5 August, 1:30 pm to 4 pm and 7:30 pm to 10 pm and Sunday 6 August, 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Where: The Arcadians Theatre Group, The Miner’s Lamp Theatre, 141 Princes Highway, Corrimal
Cost: Adult $35, concession, member or group $30, 17 and under $20, book here.

Described as “hair-raising”, this show promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience anchored by the talents of three local performers: Greg Shand, Arne Castles and Melanie Ringer.

Set in a remote village, the play follows Arthur Kipps, a solicitor haunted by a malevolent spectre, as he settles the estate of an elderly recluse, the late Mrs Drablow. Audiences will guess to the very end, as they witness Kipps become entangled in a web of supernatural occurrences.

The Arcadians Theatre Group has been entertaining the Illawarra with quality theatrical productions since 1964.


A Thousand Stories: Ballads and Heartsongs

When: Friday 4 August, 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Sorrento Room, Centro CBD, 28 Stewart Street, Wollongong
Cost: $30 to $59, book here.

Billed as an “intimate evening of song and conversation delving into the process of creation, collaboration and exploration of the human condition through song”, join award-winning singer-songwriter Trish Delaney-Brown as she hosts A Thousand Stories.

Trish will be accompanied by acclaimed pianist Bill Risby, as the pair take their audience on a journey of gospel, folk, pop and jazz. Special guests will also make appearances. Book now to avoid disappointment.

Four band members posing with You Am I in text above

Rock legends You Am I are coming to Anita’s Theatre. Photo: You Am I/Facebook.

You Am I – Performing The Who’s ‘Tommy’

When: Friday 4 August, 7 pm
Where: Anita’s Theatre, 264-270 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul
Cost: $71.22 to $86.50, book here.

In this exciting production, ARIA Award-winning acclaimed Australian rock band You Am I will not only play the legendary album “Tommy” but also pay homage by playing classics by one of their greatest influences, The Who.

Two of Australia’s most accomplished female rock voices, Hayley Mary and Sarah McLeod, will share vocals with Tim Rogers to bring the songs to life.

Expect some of the greatest rock hits of all time and ultimate swagger.


Colourful flyer for Music Makers concert

Disability Trust elite performance program The Music Makers is coming to Kiama Pavillion. Image: Disability Trust.

Music Makers – 13th Creative Performance Evening 2023

When: Saturday 5 August, 6 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: The Kiama Pavillion, 2 Bong Bong Street, Kiama
Cost: General $30, children under 10 $20, book here.

The Disability Trust elite performance program The Music Makers are set to present their thirteenth annual Creative Performance Evening By Those With A Disability fundraising concert.

Watch as young aspiring performers with various disabilities star in their own production, supported by professional local talents and entertainers from the Illawarra.

This family-friendly event is a fundraising effort to help ensure the group’s continued success.

Crowd of young people in a mosh pit

Hit the dance floor for all the best songs from Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” album. Photo: UOW UniBar/Facebook.

Taylor Swift: Speak Now Party

When: Saturday 5 August, 7 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: UOW UniBar, Building 12, Northfields Avenue, Gwynneville
Cost: First release $14.91, second release $19.90, final release $24.90, book here.

Taylor Swift is re-releasing Speak Now – and UniBar is ready to celebrate. Hit the dance floor to all the best songs from this studio album as you sip “Speak Now”-themed cocktails “Wonderstruck” and “Better than Revenge”.

Custom “Superficial” light up wristbands go to the first 100 people through the doors, and there will be Taylor-themed badges and masks from every era. Wearing of Taylor merch and/or inspired outfits and/or purple is greatly encouraged.


The Rhythms of Ireland

When: Sunday 6 August, from 6 pm
Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Adult $79.90, pensioner, senior or group 10+ $74.90, under 13s $59.90, book here.

Ireland’s most celebrated show has been seen by more than two million people worldwide. Now, The Rhythms of Ireland is stopping by Wollongong on its epic 15 Year Anniversary Tour.

Blending traditional Irish step-dancing with contemporary choreography, The Rhythms of Ireland is a thrilling and unique experience for all.

Don’t miss this critically acclaimed production, choreographed by two-time world Irish dance champion Michael Donnelan. With a cast of talented musicians and world-class dancers, this show is set to captivate audiences young and old.



When: Wednesday 9 August, 7:30 pm, Thursday 10 August, 6:30 pm, Friday 11 August, 7:30 pm and Saturday 12 August, 1:30 pm and 7.30 pm
Where: Bruce Gordon Theatre, IPAC, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Cost: Adult $49, concession and group 8+ $44, school groups 8+ $23, under 30s $39, family of four $156, premium $59.

Described as a “searing commentary on Australian nationhood”, SILENCE slams unresolved conversations about Treaty back onto the table and explores what a 250-year denial of meaningful discourse with First Nations people has done to their psyche and land.

Featuring a complex musical score, punctuated by dynamic live percussion, this production was choreographed and written by proud Minjungbal-Yugambeh, Wiradjuri and Ni-Vanuatu man, Thomas E.S. Kelly.

Don’t miss this thrilling new contemporary dance performance from acclaimed First Nations contemporary dance company Karul Projects.

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