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What's happening this month around Christchurch – all the must-catch theatre, comedy, festivals, events, foodie happenings, music, sport and more besides! ON THIS WEEK Monday 29th Waiora – Te Ū Kai Pō: The Homeland The Court Theatre, Sat 13 Aug – Sat 3 Sep A family’s relocation to the South Island from the East Cape and a beachside birthday party bring cultural clashes and secrets to the surface in this NZ drama about family, culture, home and belonging. Tuesday 30th Waiora – Te Ū Kai Pō: The Homeland The Court Theatre, Sat 13 Aug – Sat 3 Sep A family’s relocation to the South Island from the East Cape and a beachside birthday party bring cultural clashes and secrets to the surface in this NZ drama about family, culture, home and belonging. Wednesday 31st Waiora – Te Ū Kai Pō: The Homeland The Court Theatre, Sat 13 Aug – Sat 3 Sep...
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The New Zealand Opera returns to the Theatre Royal with another extremely impressive production in Verdi’s La traviata. Sheer audiovisual spectacle from the opening moments to the tragic finale, it’s a glittering night out in the suitably majestic surroundings of the Isaac Theatre Royal. The company continues to operate with what are probably the highest stage production values in the country. Opening in courtesan Violetta’s residence in Paris, the stage is essentially spare but festooned with a dazzling array of chandeliers and drapery and houses an enormous glass box that at turns becomes reflective or transparent through clever use of lighting, and impresses with its sheer towering size alone. Despite such a magnificent edifice and surroundings though, what dominates the stage is Madeline Pierard’s Violetta, dazzling in a red dress and very much the life of the party. Living a life of enjoyable if shallow glamour as a kept woman for...
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The Blue Man Group finally arrives in Christchurch as a fully-fledged international entertainment phenomenon; with permanent shows running in several cities and multiple touring groups on the go most of the time, there’s blue men all over the place. With three of the curious, almost alien-like bald blue fellows currently holed up in the Theatre Royal until the 3rd of July, the city now has the chance to see the rather indescribable show that has wowed crowds all over the world. The Blue Man Group experience is a mixture of energetic percussion on unusual instruments, technical wizardry, audience participation, silent comedy and circus-like tricks. At the heart of it all are the multi-talented performers that are the blue men themselves, mute but wonderfully expressive, and each able to get a reaction out of a packed Theatre Royal with a turn of the head or a raised eyebrow. Their skill set...
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ON THIS WEEK  Tuesday 28th Frankenstein [8pm] The Gym, The Arts Centre, Worcester Bvd, Central City www.freetheatre.org.nz Book it: Website. The always intriguing and innovative Free theatre returns with a new devised work based on Mary Shelley’s classic. Blue Man Group [7:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.blueman.com Book it: Ticketek. The international entertainment smash hit that’s a unique blend of comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party makes its way to NZ for the first time. Wednesday 29th Frankenstein [8pm] The Gym, The Arts Centre, Worcester Bvd, Central City www.freetheatre.org.nz Book it: Website. The always intriguing and innovative Free theatre returns with a new devised work based on Mary Shelley’s classic.Blue Man Group [7:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.blueman.com Book it: Ticketek. The international entertainment smash hit that’s a unique blend of comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party makes its way to NZ for the first time. Thursday 30th Frankenstein [8pm]...
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What's happening this month around Christchurch – all the must-catch theatre, comedy, festivals, events, foodie happenings, music, sport and more besides! ON THS WEEK Monday 23rd The Ten Tenors – The Power of TEN [8pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.thetentenors.com Book it: Ticketek. The Ten Tenors belt out their world-renowned sound with their take on some of the most dynamic songs in the world, ranging from classical arias to rock anthems. Wednesday 25th New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival [Times vary] www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz Various venues Book it: Website. It’s a slightly later calendar slot this year for the popular annual celebration of live blues and jazz, headlined this time around by legendary US jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis. Thursday 26th New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival [Times vary] www.jazzbluesfestival.co.nz Various venues Book it: Website. It’s a slightly later calendar slot this year for the popular annual celebration of live...
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What's happening this month around Christchurch – all the must-catch theatre, comedy, festivals, events, foodie happenings, music, sport and more besides! ON THS WEEK Monday 25th Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne [6:30pm] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington www.courttheatre.org.nz Book it: Website. Kiwi writer Carl Nixon’s hilarious new play about what happens when your loved ones fail to accept your fundamental life change. Cops & Robbers [1pm] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington www.courttheatre.org.nz Book it: Website. A sneaky villain is going to help himself to all the jewels … but he hasn’t counted on a smart little girl and her bumbling security guard dad. Holiday theatre fun for the kids. Tuesday 26th  Matthew, Mark, Luke & Joanne [7:30pm] The Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington www.courttheatre.org.nz Book it: Website. Kiwi writer Carl Nixon’s hilarious new play about what happens when your loved ones fail to accept your fundamental life change. Cops & Robbers [11pm & 1pm] The Court...
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  Image: Rahi Rezvani. With variety being the spice of life, there was never a dull moment during the opening night of the Royal New Zealand Ballet's blistering triple bill Speed of Light at the Isaac Theatre Royal. Sure the mercury was sitting high last night, but that was nothing compared to the inferno of en-pointe perfection radiating off the stage as their triumphant trifecta of contemporary ballet classics Selon désir, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated and Cacti (pictured) unfurled. Comprising three 30-minute sets and two intervals, Speed of Light delighted with its frenetic, fast-paced action, set to an astounding soundtrack. Minimalist staging in the first two performances, save for some genius lighting, ensured the focus was kept clearly on the ferocious talent on stage, while a few key pieces (white faced boxes, cacti, one cat and more of that genius lighting) in the finale brought performance art to dizzying new heights.Riffing on...
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What's happening this month around Christchurch – all the must-catch theatre, comedy, festivals, events, foodie happenings, music, sport and more besides!   ON THIS WEEK   All Week Spectrum Street Art Festival [Until Sun 17 Apr, 9:30am – 5pm] YMCA, 12 Hereford St, Central City www.streetart.co.nz Book it: Free. The fresh and popular street art exhibition continues into autumn. Thursday 31st Mamma Mia! [7:30pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.showbiz.org.nz Book it: Ticketek. Showbiz bring us the ultimate feel-good party theatre experience – a story of love, friendship and identity told through the timeless songs of ABBA (and with the promise of none of Pierce Brosnan’s singing in this version.) ...
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What's happening this month around Christchurch – all the must-catch theatre, comedy, festivals, events, foodie happenings, music, sport and more besides! ON THIS WEEK   All Week Spectrum Street Art Festival [Until Sun 17 Apr, 9:30am – 5pm] YMCA, 12 Hereford St, Central City www.streetart.co.nz Book it: Free. Chch’s own street art exhibition returns, with 7 exhibition spaces, 10 big new city centre walls, and 15 of the world’s best street artists promising to take the burgeoning festival to a new level this summer/autumn. Monday 22nd Cirque du Soleil – QUIDAM [Wed 17 – Fri 26 Feb, times vary] Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington www.cirquedusoleil.com Book it: Ticketek. Young Zoé is bored. Seeking excitement, she slides into an imaginary world – the spectacular world of Quidam. Danny Bhoy – Please Untick This Box [8pm] Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Central City www.dannybhoy.com Book it: Ticketek. The internationally-roaming Scotsman described...
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Resplendent in its Art Deco elegance, the Hollywood 3 Cinema provides not only a trip down memory lane, but also a retrospective masterclass in movie theatre 101. Complete with ol’ skool neon signage and lettered lightboxes that requires changing by hand out front with the movies, Sumner’s bastion of independent cinema – and the only suburban cinema still standing in the city after 80 years of operation – offers a movie-going experience like no other. A visit is a delightfully anachronistic trip back in time to when movies meant glamour; think classical draping curtains, a giant Oscar statue and comfy seats, all recalling the heyday of Hollywood, and all blended with the best of the modern, with state-of-the-art Dolby sound and high definition pictures ensuring that going to the movies becomes an occasion again. Pick up your tickets from an authentic box office, then peruse the reasonably-priced snacks, including the...