No Holds Bard - Michael Hurst - Old Lodge Theatre, 7.30pm, 16th August 2018
South Island Comedy Stars in Hokitika - Old Lodge Theatre, 7.30pm, 24th August 2018
Pluck - Concert Harp and the Blue Celtic Harp - Old Lodge Theatre, 7.30pm, 26th September 2018
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No Holds Bard
7.30pm, 16th August
Old Lodge Theatre
Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final "dark night of the soul". The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is.
A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare's greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor's attempt at self destruction.
Ticket price includes 30 minute Q&A with Michael Hurst after the performance.
“….a well-crafted, clever, uproariously funny and ultimately moving journey…smart and witty script…belly laughs of sheer delight…there’s so much to enjoy here that it is hard to choose highlights.” - Theatreview
Michael Hurst is one of New Zealand’s most recognisable performers and experienced directors. He is best known internationally for playing Iolaus in the television programs Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and companion series Xena: Warrior Princess, both of which he also directed. He most recently appeared on stage in 2017 as Salieri in Amadeus, and previously in Tribes, Red, Cabaret, Blackbird, The Pillowman, all for the Auckland Theatre Company.
Michael has worked with Silo Theatre as a performer and director, and is renowned for his powerful and unique interpretations of Shakespeare, in most recent years tackling Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Macbeth and Hamlet and King Lear.
He won the Best Director Award in the Metro Awards 2008 for The Threepenny Opera and has recently directed Lysistrata, Chicago, The Wasteland, Cabaret and She Stoops To Conquer for the Auckland Theatre Company, Loot and Brel for Silo Theatre and, in 2017, the smash hit Pleasuredome, an independent production which ran for a sellout 12 weeks in a pop-up venue in West Auckland, and which he also co-wrote.
His television and film directing credits include Westside, Evil Dead, 800 Words, Spartacus, Step Dave, The Almighty Johnsons, Legend of the Seeker, and Jubilee.
He is also an experienced stunt performer and fight choreographer.
In 2003, Michael was awarded an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Award. He was later designated an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2005 “for services to film and the theatre”.
Tickets $20 from the Hokitika Regent or online HERE
South Island Comedy Stars in Hokitika
Old Lodge Theatre,
7.30pm, 24th August 2018
BLOWOUT COMEDY is proud to bring you this killer show!
On Friday August 24th some of the best comedians the South Island has to offer are hitting the West Coast performing for one night only at The Lodge Theatre in Hokitika!
All for just $20 at The Regent
Here's the radical line up!
Your MC for the evening is Snap Presented By RuseWebsites
Snap is one of NZ's most hard working comedians, one of our finest MCs and one of our most tireless comedy promoters. He almost single handily reinvented the Christchurch comedy scene in 2014 and beyond. Snap organises and performs in a huge variety of gigs as part of his comedy company "Grandpa Figs" all over Christchurch and beyond. He's performed all over NZ and is highly regarded by punters and his peers as a charming and brilliant MC who can handle any kind of crowd he appears in front of.
Your headliner for the evening....
Justin White (Christchurch): Justin is one of NZ's most experienced comedians with over twenty years in the game! He's performed all over NZ to sell out crowds and rave review for his solo shows. He is currently based in Christchurch where he is always billed as the feature attraction on the line-up. He's recently been touring in Auckland wowing crowds at NZ's most famous comedy venue "The Classic".
White has thought about everything and utters not so much as a single word without purpose. It is fantastic to watch as all the twists and turns reveal themselves to be carefully chosen elements of a meticulously structured show. This is no experimental run through new and uncertain material; this is a finely polished masterwork. "TheatreView"
Your support acts for the evening....
Simon Kingsley Holmes (Dunedin): Simon is a delightfully quirky, playful and silly comedian based in Dunedin but originally from the Isle Of Wight. He's an exceptionally well read man who spends just as much time reading as he does watching obscure classic, foreign and art-house movies. He's a self confessed culture snob but don't let that allow you to think his comedy is high brow. Simon will do anything for a laugh with his rowdy, loud, goofy, playful, oddball comedy style which has seen him become a crowd favourite in Dunedin. He's also an experienced performer having performed in multiple Fringe Festivals and all over NZ.
Georgie Sivier (Christchurch) : The supremely talented Georgie is more than just a comedian! She's an actress! A playwright! A radio show host and more! Georgie has been performing since she was just a kid and you can certainly tell when you see her take to the stage. She's full of well earned confidence and she's clearly a comedian that works tirelessly on her craft. A very likeable, warm hearted comedian who is also a born storyteller. Georgie has been wowing Christchurch crowds for years.
Dan Brader (New Zealand): Dan has been performing stand-up comedy since 2007 all over Australia and NZ. He's been in multiple festivals in both countries and has become infamous for his unique comedy style which is unlike any other comedians performing in Australia or NZ. His years of experience have allowed him to craft a unique style which incorporates storytelling, sharp observational comedy, crowd work, improvising, character work and inspired rants of fire and fury! He's not for everyone but he likes it that way. If you hop aboard the crazy Brader train though you're in for a hell of a ride that you won't forget in a hurry!
“Brader is a comic you will love or hate, but he’s never dull” (NZ Theatreview)
Tickets $20 from the Hokitika Regent or ONLINE HERE
Helen Webby’s AOTNZ tour
Concert Harp and Blue Celtic Harp
7.30pm, 26th September
Helen loves to take her harp out of the orchestra and on the road where she can share the music and stories related to this magical musical instrument.
On her latest AOTNZ tour she’ll be showcasing the Celtic music of Wales, Ireland and Scotland, along with some glorious Baroque music by J.S. Bach, and then on to Paris and La Belle Epoche with the music of Claude Debussy and Gabriel Faure.
The first half of programme is a mini history of the pedal harp, with pieces chosen to show the development of the double action pedal harp, invented by Frenchman Sebastien Erard.
The second half showcases the Blue Carbonfibre Celtic harp, with music from Brittany, Scotland and Ireland. As well, the Concert harp is plugged in for some jazz surprises – ‘Duke’, inspired by Duke Ellington, and Mozart’s ‘Alla Turca Jazz’.
Helen is also looking forward to playing music written for her solo CD ‘Pluck’ by New Zealand film composer Mark Smythe, nominated for Best Classical CD in the 2013 Music awards, and made into a DVD film ‘Harps Make Fine Companions’, screened by Television New Zealand.
Her programme includes a couple of surprises –a recently discovered harp composition by the father of NZ classical music, Douglas Lilburn, and ‘Blue Smoke’ by Ruru Karaitiana, the first piece of recorded New Zealand music.
Helen plays the Concert Grand, made out of South Island red beech by her brother, well known harp maker Kim Webby, and the Blue carbon fibre Celtic harp, made by luthier Davy Stuart.
Born in Whangarei, Helen’s passion for the harp began at the age of 12 when her older brother Kim built her an instrument. She studied Concert Harp in Auckland, Holland and Germany and in 1996 completed her master’s degree from the Hochschule for Music in Hamburg. Since 2000, Helen has been Principal Harp with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and also plays with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as other orchestras. She premiered New Zealand works at the 2006 American Harp Society Convention and also tours with Chamber Music New Zealand.