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Thursday January 25, 2018 W R I G H T S H I L L F O RT R E S S

Waitangi Day - OPEN DAY -

FEBRUARY 6TH 2018 – 10AM - 4PM

Visit the historic World War Two Wrights Hill Fortress in Karori. Self guided tours. Lots of fun for the family. Bush walks, panoramic views. From Karori Rd, turn left into Campbell St, to Wrights Hill Rd. Follow the signs. Plenty of free car parking. Bring a torch with you! Family Pass: $20 (2 adults+3 children under 15) Adults: $8 Children: $5 (Sorry, no EFTPOS) Enquiries: Mike Lee (04) 4768 593

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Tom Scott play focuses on mother’s colourful life By Jamie Adams

He had already received international acclaim for a play loosely based on his father. Now Wellington writer and cartoonist Tom Scott is getting positive feedback for his latest effort about his mother. Currently being performed at Circa, is a story about his mother’s life, especially her resilience in living with an angry, alcoholic husband. Directed by Tim Gordon, it follows Joan’s humble, but mystical childhood in southern Ireland between the two World Wars, to raising six children in gruelling, reduced circumstance in small town New Zealand with an angry alcoholic husband.

It ends in a measure of qualified peace and contentment at a retirement home in Hawke’s Bay. The title character is played by Wellington’s Ginette McDonald as well as her daughter Kate McGill as older and younger versions of her. It is the first time the pair have appeared on stage together, and they do indeed feature together despite playing the same character, the result of a clever way in which Tom has written the play. The two performers share the narrative load and are in constant conversation with each other. Ginette’s older Joan is wounded, disappointed, and cynical,

while Kate plays “Johanna”, her younger self who is full of fun and optimism. A continuing tension throughout is that Joan knows what is coming but in the natural orders of things can’t reveal what they are - Johanna must find these out for herself. Tom, a veteran writer of films and plays, says he felt his mother’s story was an interesting enough one to tell. “My mum was unforgettable. She was so funny and entertaining,” he says. He says the shows so far have provoked both tears and laughter, which he describes as “emotional undressing”. “Everyone needs a good laugh and cry when they watch a play.”

‘Dead funny’ show mixes cabaret with magic tricks

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Mr Lola Illusion performs at the Hotel L’Amour in 2017. PHOTO: Highlight PHOTOgraphy

Two-time Wellington Theatre Awards’ Designer of the Year Ian Harman is keeping himself on his toes with his latest artistic vision. As well as showcasing his exceptional talents in costume, set and production design, Lola’s Grave Mistake stars Harman’s glamorous alter-ego, Mr Lola Illusion, in a solo cabaret spectacular that promises to be ‘dead funny’. Lola’s Grave Mistake is Lola Illusion’s second full-length solo show and premiered with an acclaimed sell-out season in the 2016 Palmerston North Solo Festival. His first solo outing, The Lola Show, also toured to Wellington (as part of Fringe 2017), but the entertainer can most reliably be found on the bill for cabaret and variety nights both here in the capital and in Palmerston North, where he is the beloved Master of Ceremonies for events at The Boom Boom Room, the city’s premiere burlesque and cabaret





Dr Andy Wong

whom commences Saturday 3rd February Dr Wong will be open to see patients for emergency appointments and continuing care.

showcase. Now he’s back at Bats, and once again the bewitching boylesque crooner, cunning conjurer and professional show-off is on his own. Finding himself trapped in a beautiful but desolate purgatory of heartbreak and perpetual opening nights, Lola will need his wits, his tricks and his greatest hits if he’s ever going to remedy his mistake, bury his troubles and avoid eternal damnation. If you’re on the hunt for a heartsized bulletproof vest before Valentine’s Day, Lola’s Grave Mistake is just the ticket. Mr Lola Illusion promises a bedazzlingly hilarious cabaret pilgrimage of heartbreak and hope with a saucy message - what kills you could make you stronger.  Lola’s Grave Mistake runs at Bats Theatre, February 7-10 from 8pm. Tickets are $14-20 and available from their website.



Primary and Intermediate school aged children from 5 years up are offered group music tuition on Saturday mornings. Classes available are: harp, choir, pre-instrumental, recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone, brass, percussion, violin, ukulele, cello, guitar, theory and electronic keyboard. Most instruments are available for hire at a reasonable cost.

9am – 1pm Saturdays

Fees for 2018 : one child $130, $100 each additional child.

Casual Patient’s welcome OPEN: Mon, Wed, Fri 8am to 5pm Tues, Thurs 8am to 6pm Sat by appointment 9am to 1pm 62 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Enrolment is Saturday 3rd of February, 9:30 - 11:30am at Island Bay Primary School, Thames Street Island Bay

04 387 9392

Tom says the good thing about plays is that they can be modified with each performance, depending on how the audience reacted the previous night. “Tennessee Williams once said plays are never written; they are always re-written. “With television when the product goes to air there’s nothing you can do, but with a play every night can be different with small but infinite changes.” Tom believes Joan has the potential to tour New Zealand and possibly even Australia. If it does it will follow in the footsteps of his first production, The Daylight Atheist, a semiautobiographical account of his abusive but also “very funny” father.

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