Mayor Liz Campbell

From the Mayor's desk
Week commencing 8 February 2021Mayor Liz Campbell

A great community cinema

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of heading to the cinema, twice!

On Saturday I was honoured to present the awards at the wrap party for the Summer Reading Club program.

Kempsey Shire Libraries have run the program for children and young adults ages 3-18 over the course of the summer and on Saturday our new generation of booklovers were treated to a trip to the cinema for a free screening of The Croods: A New Age.

The Summer Reading Club has been a long-term success for our libraries and on Saturday it was great to see the joy on so many faces at their achievements - and to see them loving their popcorn and choc tops!

Then on Sunday I was back at the cinema for a screening of Flame Trees.

Chris Dockrill, the man behind The Island of Doctor Moron, created Flame Trees as a play that was staged last year to huge crowds. It was an amazing success. I was lucky enough to be in the audience for the two act play at The Bandbox Theatre about Terry Kennedy and his return to his hometown of Flame Trees after ten years. It was a genuine thrill to see such quality theatre being staged in our valley.

So, on Sunday, like its central character Terry, Flame Trees returned to town with a one-off screening of the archival film of the live show and it holds up pretty well. It was particularly great to see so many of the cast who got to see their own production in which they performed so well.

What struck me was how these two events, so different, were both great examples of the community using our cinema. We’re only a few months past a year since the doors opened and let’s face it, 2020 didn’t provide the easiest first year, but just look what the cinema brings to our community.

Community happens when we come together and our cinema is a great location for that to happen.

So here’s to more events, more theatre, more reading and more great nights at the cinema.

People at the Summer Reading Club cinema eventThe wrap party for the Summer Reading Club program was held at Kempsey Cinema