Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA), one of Australia’s premier regional performing arts companies, suffered severe damage in the Lismore flood.
The damage bill is expected to be well over $300,000 with little hope of insurance relief as the town lies in a flood zone. So far, there has been no emergency relief money made available either, so their need to get operational is urgent.
The damage to NORPA is extensive with irreparable damage to most of their administration offices, box office, rehearsal and studio space, dressing rooms and green room. The flood also destroyed their telecommunication system and much of their IT hardware, and the bulk of their venue equipment was swept away in the flood. Thankfully, their second floor escaped serious damage, and the theatre foyer, auditorium and stage area are repairable.
In true ‘the show must go on’ spirit, NORPA has managed to find a studio space out of town and their creative development ofDjurra will go ahead as planned starting 24 April.
NORPA is one of only a few remaining regional theatre companies in Australia creating original work. They give a unique voice to Indigenous and non-Indigenous stories.
AMPAG and APACA are helping to kick-start a fundraising campaign by asking the performing arts sector to help NORPA get back on its feet. Please be generous – donate what you can and put the word out far and wide.
Visit the fundraising website at http://bit.ly/2p7IsTq