HAMILTON Barnett is ready for Ukitopia.
HAMILTON Barnett is ready for Ukitopia.

Stage right for wannabe artists

FROM circus performers to beatboxers, the inaugural Cabaret 360 promises to entertain.

And organiser, Ukitopia Arts Collective is calling for creative performers from all over to take part.

Co-director Hamilton Barnett said the performance extravaganza was created to inspire, nurture and support performing artists and their work in the Tweed Valley.

“You don't have to be a professional, just into what you do,” said Mr Barnett, who performed in the Tweed City of the Arts.

“We are expecting performers in dance, physical theatre, comedy, circus, performance poetry, costume, storytelling, song and music.

“The more unusual and quirky the better.”

Mr Barnett, of Uki, said 12 people have already registered, ranging from professional musicians to new performers.

“We even have an awesome beatboxer from Murwillumbah High School,” he said. “I want to support the local people but also expose them to other people.”

The show, Mr Barnett said, aspires to contain the full spectrum of creative moods and expression from the quiet, deep and sublime, to the outrageously funny and everything in between.

Interested performers can send their details, a description of their act or a YouTube clip to cabaret360@gmail.com. Acts can be no longer than 10 minutes.

Potential performers will be asked to audition at the Uki Hall on June 30, between 6pm to 10pm.

“While we cannot guarantee every act that applies will make it into this year's show, we will be encouraging the acts all the way and, wherever we can, be helping them to develop their performance,” Mr Barnett said.

Cabaret 360, also directed by Elenor Sapir, will be on July 31 from 7pm in the Uki Hall, which will be transformed into a multi-stage theatre environment, with a professional lighting designer and, full sound reinforcement.

For more information email cabaret360@gmail.com, phone Mr Barnett 0439 021 233 or go to www.myspace.com/ukitopiaartcollective

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