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Cityscape has a chat to Irish-Aussie comedian Jimeoin ahead of his upcoming show here as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Looking at your poster and show name Yeehaa!, are we to believe that you’re a bit of a cowboy at heart?Yeehaa. Grew up on westerns. Wasn't allowed a gun as grew up in Northern Ireland and we weren't allowed them. Not even toy ones. What can Kiwi audiences expect from your latest show?A big laugh. You will be none the wiser at the end of it. You appear to have the hardest working eyebrows in the business; do you have a special training regime or do they require any pre-show exercises?I think it's because people had a hard time understanding me – I had to be expressive.  You’re now billed as a ‘Comedy Superstar’ – what sort of pressure does that add to your performance?I am? Well I'll...
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The weekend’s about to get all up in your bidness CHCH – what to do? Brit wit Alan Davies swings by tonight with his new show Little Wonders (the poster claims 90mins of laughter, but we’ll let you be the judge of that) – the show kicks off at Horncastle Arena at 8pm. It’s all on at Merivale Mall this weekend with an end-of-winter sale and mini wine and food festival at Fresh Choice on Saturday – grab yourself an awesome bargain and primo eats! Saturday night’s your last chance to see New Zealand Opera's spectacular production of Madama Butterfly at the Isaac Theatre Royal tomorrow night – do.not.miss.this CHCH! Do good AND score a designer bargain on Sunday arvo at Dress for Success Christchurch Inc's Pop Up Dress Up fundraiser sale from 12 to 4pm at the Addington Events Centre – a gold coin gets you into bargain central! And...
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The Court Theatre’s new play Niu Sila offers a couple of dynamic theatrical team-ups; firstly between New Zealand playwrights Dave Armstrong and Oscar Kightley, and then between actors Greg Cooper and Semu Filipo, who take the task of bringing their creation to life entirely upon their shoulders. The play focuses on the friendship of two ordinary New Zealand kids growing up in the 80s – Samoan Ioane and Pakhea/Palagi Peter, and the ways in which 1) the differences in their family cultures affect their ongoing relationship; and 2) the differences in their family cultures don’t actually matter a damn. With the story tracing Peter and Ioane’s lives from a shared first day at school to middle age, the two actors must not only convincingly play their characters at different ages, but also take on all the other roles of the people in Peter and Ioane’s lives – parents, schoolmates, relations,...
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There's a less traditionally Christmassy setting than usual for the Court Jesters' annual holiday show; in 2014, the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, the quick-witted performers of The Court Theatre's professional improv troupe step into the roles of the men of the Ancillary Reserves Service Entertainment Brigage, tasked with keeping chins up at a Christmas time taking place at the front somewhere vaguely between 1914 – 1918. They're on a sticky wicket, no doubt, but it's still bally Christmas time, eh what?, and morale must be maintained. Troops in the audience can expect the Jesters' usual brand of improvised comedy, all based on audience suggestions and created on the spot on the night, as well as plenty of stiff upper lip, British pluck, Kiwi cheekiness and a touch of poignancy as well.The Court Jesters – Over The Top runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm from the...
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One Man, Two Guvnors, as directed by Ross Gumbley, is a hilarious comedy that will keep you laughing throughout and all the way home. An adaption of 18th century Italian play The Servant of Two Masters, the British comedy is set in the charming and scandalous UK sea-side town of Brighton in the early 1960s. Full of flamboyant attire and colourful characters, the slap-stick comedy and pantomime routines were seamlessly delivered by the professional and talented cast. Tom Trevella was a stand-out in the lead role of Francis Henshall, a simple Brighton local who finds himself in the predicament of serving two masters. His superb acting, combined with his comic-wit, bought this character to life. The plot, which stems from the trickiness of Henshall’s situation, is light-hearted in its delivery of themes of love, jealously and panic, using contemporary jokes and music. From cockney gangsters to bumbling aristocracy, the play paints...
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Cityscape goes bush at the opening night of The Court Theatre's premiere local comedy, Stag Weekend. The Court's new production, Stag Weekend, comes to us from two local writers with plenty of experience in making Cantrabrians laugh: long-time Court Jesters Dan Bain and Brendon Bennetts. The two vastly experienced improvisors have funnelled their talent for comedy into this new scripted work, with excellent results.  Simon (Cameron Douglas) is about to get married. With ideas about making his stag party a codified ritual of traditonal manliness, he ropes some close friends into an entire weekend spent deer hunting from a remote hut on the West Coast. Along for the ride are his best man Andrew (Andrew Ford) , the urbanite who'd prefer a wine tasting to being this up close and personal with "nature", thanks – and is worried that his own husband won't have remembered to feed the cat – the...
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There’s a touch of Groundhog Day to be found in the messy affairs of the heart in Ache, The Forge at The Court’s brilliant and ballsy new will they/won’t they rom-com with an edge. We’ve all been there – instantly smitten, thinking we’ve met the one – only to have bad timing and circumstance throw a spanner in the works like a tortured Alanis Morissette track. Boy, Jono (TV’s Step Dave) Kenyon, meets girl (Amy Straker) while nicking off for a cheeky puff at a roof top balcony during one of those endless strings of weddings you end up attending when you reach a certain age – the sparks fly, but he’s got a girlfriend, and she’s nursing itchy feet having recently returned from London. But what would happen if you met up with that person a second, third or fourth time? Pip Hall’s razor-sharp writing beautifully captures the push-pull of...
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The Court Theatre's effective heating system comes to the party in their new production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream – managing to warm those of us in the theatre audience to the point that we forget the Christchurch temperature outside and buy into the conceit of the summery evening in front of us on stage. (Just as well too, because as it turns out, the play's fairies and lovers are about to spend the running time scampering about the stage in bare feet.) A vast, open stage is intriguingly draped with cloths, ropes and a wooden slat structure, soon to be dismantled and ingeniously symbolically repurposed  as the trees in the woods outside of Athens. An unusual production for The Court sees many of the theatre's regular faces joined by a number of young Chinese actors from the Peking University's Institute of World Theatre and Film. Assuming the key roles of...
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This year’s 2degrees Comedy Convoy drives its metaphorical big-rigs into town this year on the 14th of May, hauling a payload of hilarity to be dished out by a choice selection of international and local stars from the line-up of the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Trucking in for the big show this year are:Team captain on TV3′s 7Days, Paul Ego (NZ) leads the fleet of comedians in 2014. A 20-year veteran of the NZ comedy scene; he’s also a qualified sign writer and a loving but mostly ineffective father. "Entertaining, insightful and has a terrific rapport with his audience" - NZ HeraldMarkus Birdman (UK) as seen on the 2013 Comedy Gala, is a leading comic on the UK live circuits. Returning to NZ, he showcases his sharp perspectives on life, marriage and romantic archetypes. “Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly” – BBCIf you were to...
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What up this w/end, CHCH? Celebrate the end of the working week with a soothing Carlton Black Velvet (or 2), check out their new menu, and then scream yourself hoarse cheering on the Red & Black at AMI Stadium as the Crusaders take down the Hurricanes (we hope!), or head over to Winnie Bagoe’s City where Hauraki Breakfast team’s Jeremy (Newsboy) Wells, Matt Heath and Laura McGoldrich are taking over from 8:30pm. Not your scene? Drop it like it’s hot over at Pierside Café & Bar and groove to some reggae and D‘n’B with Medway Roots from 9pm. You can then grab your weekend rush of adrenaline on Saturday with a 400KW Holden V8 Hot Lap from 1pm at Mike Pero Motosports Park (rmost of us still call it Ruapuna), or head to Hagley Park for a more chilled out afternoon with a few of the country’s best brews at the...