TAMWORTH is more than a stage and launching pad for country music and it’s a message being beamed through an amalgam of new technology and old-fashioned story-telling.
This weekend marked 130 years since electric street lights were switched on in Tamworth and the city became the southern hemisphere’s electrically lit in the process.
While it’s a shining claim to fame, the achievement is often outshone.
This year, the Tamworth Dramatic Society took centre stage with a devised piece about story of electric lighting and Tamworth.
Society president Daniel Gillett hoped it would spark an wider interest in local history and culture.
“I think it’s important to tell stories that aren’t about the country music festival,” he said.
“The country music festival is fantastic, but I don’t think there’s a good understanding of this story in Tamworth.”
He said council’s commitment to build a new cultural precinct would help illuminate more local stories.
The dramatic society performed on the lawns of the Powerstation Museum on Friday evening under the creative direction of Katy Alexander as part of council’s ‘Light up the Night’ event.