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Great Southern Nights and Four Winds present The Novellas in “Haňťa The Book Crusher”

The Novellas will present their stylish, rich and engaging show in the Windsong Pavilion at Four Winds for one special evening only – on Friday 20th November at 7.30pm

The Novellas explore the confluence between the written word and song, celebrating the emotional power of storytelling through music and lyrics. This is Lit-pop with shades of blues, jazz, Sturm und Drang.

“Whilst we revel in the flavours and traditions of popular music, our take on them offers an alternative perspective, at once refreshingly new yet somehow familiar.” – Myoung Jae Yi

Myoung Jae Yi’s songs explore the characters (their relationships, flaws, failures and triumphs) and stories from his favourite books and texts. In this show his songs respond to the character Haňťa from Too Loud a Solitude, a tender and funny story by Czech author Bohumil Hrabal.

Haňťa is a man who has lived in a Czech police state for 35 years, working as compactor of wastepaper and books. He uses his job to save and amass astounding numbers of rare and banned books. He has rescued so many books from the jaws of the hydraulic press, his house is filled to the rooftops. When a new automatic press makes his job redundant there's only one thing he can do - go down with his ship.

Too Loud A Solitude is an eccentric romp celebrating the indestructability of the written word against censorship and political oppression. A story fit for our times.

The Novellas are: Myoung Jae Yi (guitar and vocals) is the songwriter for the Novellas taking inspiration from his love of reading. He was the founder of Korean punk-rock band Dabang, performs with various music groups and productions around the Bega Valley. Also Andrew Gray (piano and vocals), Josh Becker (double bass), Georgina Hargraves (saxophone, oboe, flute, clarinet), Joseph Fragnito (drums, vibes and percussion).

The Character of HantA will be created by actor Patrick Dickson. Dickson has been acting professionally on stage, TV and film since 1976 in the UK and Australia. Patrick’s TV and film credits include The Timeless Land, Carson's Law, Home and Away, Rake, Seachange, A Bridge Too Far and Rogue Nation.

The show will run for 1.5 hours, with an intermission. Bar service will be available on the night.

This is a COVID safe event. Limited capacity so don’t delay, purchase tickets and join us!

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This is a Great Southern Nights Event: supported by ARIA, Destination NSW, Create NSW

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