Created by NORPA
Please note that ALL performances have sold out.
Phone 1300 066 772 for ticket sales and enquiries
The Box Office can be contacted on 1300 066 772 (9am to 8pm weekdays, 5pm – 8pm Saturdays, there are no performances on Sunday). Box Office at Lismore City Hall closes at 5pm and opens at the railway station in Union St at 6pm. Online ticket sales close at 4pm for that evening’s performance.
Back by popular demand, and after an initial sold-out season in 2012, Railway Wonderland returns to the Lismore Train Station this year!
Take your seat under the stars as NORPA’s Railway Wonderland brings Lismore train station back to life. Live music and performance will transport us on a magical ride across time from the 1940s to the present day.
Four strangers take shelter in the fluorescent glare of a railway waiting room. They are waiting for a bus because the trains don’t run any more. They have different reasons for wanting to leave town – love, fame, to run away or to go home one more time. The distant sound of a train whistle announces the arrival of a mysterious old woman who has come to catch the train. Is she an apparition, an angel, mad – or all three? The strangers are swept up into the old woman’s tale of her arrival as a young girl in a strange land and her search for belonging in a country town.
Immerse yourself in a dreamy wonderland of strange encounters, wild stories, comedy, romance and song.
Take a look at the costume design here, and read an interview with costume designer William Kutana.
Read stories of Lismore’s train station and see some beautiful early images!
Watch the Railway Wonderland promo and ‘The Making of’ videos.
Recommended for ages 6+
75 minutes (no interval)
Performances at Lismore train station, Union Street, South Lismore
Outdoor street diner, bar and music at the Lismore train station from 6.30pm.
Pad ka prao, Thai pork mince chilli and green bean stir fry served over rice with thai herbs
Tom kah, coconut and lemongrass Thai vegetable soup with glass noodles and herbs
Thai beef salad, shaved spiced beef rump over Asian vegetable salad with nam jim dressing
Penne pasta bolognese with cheese and basil
Vanilla panna cotta with berry coulis
Chocolate and orange mousse topped with fresh strawberries
Beer, cider, champagne, wine, mineral water, juices and water will be available at the bar.
Experience the action unfold on the station platform from the undercover seating constructed across the (no longer in use!) railway tracks.
Location and parking
The performance takes place at Lismore train station, Union St, South Lismore.
Parking is available in the station car park and on the street. Disabled parking available in the station car park.
Given the seating is general admission (i.e: not numbered) we strongly encourage you to arrive no later than 7:30pm. The performance starts at 8pm and finishes at 9:15pm.
All weather event
The seating is under cover if it rains so the show will go on! Please note the bar and diner area is outdoors. Please note it can get cold at the station so bring something warm. In the case of an extreme weather event please call the Box Office on 1300 066 772 or check the website at norpa.org.au for show cancellation notices.
Wheelchair/limited mobility access and wheelchair seating available but please call the Box Office on 1300 066 772 at least 24 hours prior to the performance to organise your seating.
Box Office and tickets
The Box Office will be open at the train station 6:30pm – 8pm at every performance.
The Box Office at Lismore City Hall will be open 9am – 5pm weekdays.
Additional tickets can be purchased at the train station if tickets are available.
Online ticket sales will close at 4pm on the day of the performance.
Share the wonder
Share your experience of Railway Wonderland on social media with the hashtag #railwaywonderland2015
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Or email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear what you thought!
Conceived and Directed by Julian Louis
Devisor/Writer Janis Balodis
Devisor/Performers Jo Turner, Helen Christinson, Demetrios Sirilas, Philip Blackman, Katia Molino
Producer Marisa Snow
Dramaturg Deborah Pollard (2012)
Choreographer Emma Saunders
Composer/Musical Director Michael Askill (2012)
Choir Master Peter Lehner (2012), Nicholas Routley (2015)
Featuring the choir Vox Caldera (2015) | Anita Kuhn, Alanpaillas Paillas, Chris Harris, David Ellemor-Collins, Heather Ellemor-Collins, Deirdre Paillas, Geof Webb, Jude Magee, Ken Wallace, Laura Hymers, Louise Litchfield, Nicky Thomson, Rachel Jenner, Rhys Daniell, Traise Karen, Sandy Cochrane, David Williamson and Hanne Pit
Costumes William Kutana
Key Musician Shenzo Gregory
Percussionist Greg Sheehan
AV Design and Video documentation Salvador Castro
Lighting Designer Richard Morrod
Technical Manager Karl Johnson
Watch this short video about the making of Railway Wonderland:
To find out more about the making of Railway Wonderland read more here.
Production photos: Grant MacIntyre
Historical photos care of Richmond Valley Historical Society