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A feast of entertainment throughout 2018 Helen Webby
f live entertainment is what floats your become unpregnant. Described by the award boat, make a note in your 2018 diary of judges as “hugely entertaining, funny and these diverse performances coming up entertaining”, Seed tours the country in July. throughout the year. No Holds Bard features Arts Laureate Arranged by Arts on Tour NZ, this Michael Hurst playing a fictional ageing potpourri of musicians, singers, actors and thespian confronting his demons in what he comedians will be touring the country from hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. February to November, 2018. All of them will The demons are as crazy as he is, with the bring outstanding acts to venues in towns result that we get to hear a foul-mouthed throughout the country – from Kaitaia in Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all the North to Invercargill in the south, and Othello and hungry King Lear – in other sometimes Stewart Island. words, no holds barred, touring in August. First it’s fiddle player Flora Knight and guitar picker Sean Donald playing oldtime country music in February, then it’s comedians Raybon Kan and Nick Rado in March. Kan and Rado have separate stand-up slots in the first half of the show, then join up to solve problems suggested by the audience. Can these two save the world? Come April, it’s Olive Copperbottom, a new musical by Charles Dickens and that irrepressible redhead, Penny Ashton, who brings orphan Olive and a gaggle of squalid Victorian characters to life on stage “…very very good ..very very funny” RNZ National Next, in May, it’s horn-heavy duo Hopetoun Brown, joined by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player, Finn Scholes. This trio will bring trumpets, saxophones and strange keyboard instruments on stage to offer blues, soul, funk, jazz, and Americana, complete with foot-stamping vocals. Penny Ashton as Olive Copperbottom
Award-winning musician Helen Webby presents the world of the harp – music from Wales, Ireland, Scotland, plus music written by Bach and other baroque composers, then on to Paris and the Belle Époque. Helen has toured several times with AOTNZ and is always a favourite. She tours in September. October features Adam McGrath and The Roaring Days. Famed as the lead singer and songwriter of The Eastern, Adam brings the same intensity, passion and humour to his act when travelling solo. Finally, in November, husband-andwife team Lizzie Tollemache and David Ladderman present two shows inspired by the life and times of Harry Houdini –Seven Deadly Stunts (for adults) and Messy Magic Adventure (for children and families). Expect escapology, chainsaw juggling, walking on broken glass and other famous feats performed together with illuminating storytelling. Step right up!
Seed, winner of the 2014 Adam New Details of venues, dates and times will be Zealand Play Award, follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or published in the local media.
Fendalton Ilam Gazette 05-12-17