Past Shows 2010


Shows that performed at the Isaac Theatre Royal during 2010.

Rocky Horror


9 December @ 7.30pm, 10 December@12am, 10, 11 & 13 December @ 6.30pm, 11 December @ 9.30pm, 12 December @5.30pm

Act One 35 mins
Interval 20 mins
Act Two 50 mins

"This high-voltage production is not to be missed." - Herald Sun

Brush up on those pelvic thrusts, squeeze into that corset and slip back into those killer stilettos because the world’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll musical is back in New Zealand with a vengeance!

The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet who are forced to seek refuge in a castle full of the maddest, baddest and sexiest group the world has ever seen. This irresistible riot has seduced audiences all over the world for more than 30 years, so whether you’re a die-hard fan or a Rocky Virgin, it’s time to celebrate this infamous adventure like never before.

Featuring the timeless classics Sweet Transvestite, Dammit Janet and The Time Warp, this is the craziest party you’ll ever go to, so get your seats, dress to impress and get ready for Rocky!

Starring as the Narrator is the show’s creator and international icon, New Zealand’s own Richard O’Brien who also played Riff Raff in the celebrated movie.

Ready to thrill you with its frothy, fun, and naughty moments, this new UK Production is the boldest bash of them all. Don’t dream it – be it!


David Helfgott

It's Rhys Darby Night!

5 December, 8.00pm

Door Opening Time: 7.00pm

Bookings are made through the Court Theatre

Rhys Darby began his career in Christchurch, and the international comic is giving back to his home town with a special fundraiser performance at the Isaac Theatre Royal on December 5th.

Darby has rearranged his busy touring schedule to bring his popular stand-up show IT’S RHYS DARBY NIGHT! to Christchurch for one night only, donating all proceeds from the performance to The Court Theatre.

“It quickly became clear that Rhys is so popular that we couldn’t possibly fit everyone wanting a ticket into Court One for one night,” says The Court Theatre Chief Executive Philip Aldridge. “Fortunately the Isaac Theatre Royal very generously offered to host the performance – it’s wonderful to have their support.”

IT'S RHYS DARBY NIGHT! is a mix of stories from Hollywood delivered in Darby's trademark animated style and also introduces some of his latest characters. Park Ranger Bill Napier, UFOlogist Steve Whittle and Whale Watcher Ron Taylor.



Fiona Tonkin, ARAD

Southern Ballet presents 'The Christmas Fairy'

3 and 4 December @ 7pm


The Christmas Fairy is a delightful new ballet set in the magical Land of the Fairies. Jack – who seeks to believe in the wonder of fairies – goes on an adventure of discovery. Led by the Christmas Fairy, he finds a land full of colour and fun characters such as Tinkle, Starlight and even the Tooth fairies!

The ballet was written for Southern Ballet by Jasmine Orchard with original choreography by Artistic Director Lorraine Peters QSM and is performed by the ballet students and company members.

To follow, join the jazz and hip hop students and company in a joyful celebration of all your favourite Christmas music, old and new, in a Christmas Fantasia. A colourful and glittering evening to put the whole family in the mood for the Festive Season!


David Helfgott

David Helfgott Piano Recital

23 November, 7.30pm

Venue Box Office Opens: 6.30pm
Door Opening Time: 7.00pm
Show Starts: 7.300pm

David Helfgott is one of the world’s best loved pianists.

His remarkable life story was the subject of the Oscar-winning film SHINE, which won a Best Actor Award for Geoffrey Rush for his astonishingly accurate portrayal of David.

David Helfgott will perform a virtuosic program of popular works by the great romantic composers including Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and, of course, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, with which he dazzled a worldwide audience at the 1997 Oscars.

"A pianist of extraordinary talent….he soars into another dimension" Courier Mail

"I am reluctant to use the word genius, but I would certainly make an exception with David Helfgott" Le Parisien


The Nutcracker

Royal NZ Ballet's 'The Nutcracker'

17, 18 & 20 November @ 7.30pm, 19 November @ 6.30pm, 20 November @ 4.30pm

Featuring the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

A sprinkling of festive fun for everyone.


Fun for the whole family, the Royal New Zealand Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker takes the Christmas classic and adds a twist. Based on one of the world’s most-loved ballets, this colourful and fun version is a sprinkling of festive fun for everyone.

“It’s a wild adventure set to Tchaikovsky’s fabulous and timeless score,” Choreographer and RNZB’s Artistic Director, Gary Harris.

The adventure begins on Christmas morning when Clara’s rat-bag brother, Fritz, clouts her over the head with her beloved nutcracker doll. Delirious with concussion, Clara is rushed to hospital where she enters a fantasy world brought to life by Kristian Fredrikson’s eye-popping, bold designs inspired by Hollywood’s big studio era.

Join the Royal New Zealand Ballet and be transported into the festive season.

Choreographer: Gary Harris
Additional choreography: Adrian Burnett
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Design: Kristian Fredrikson

The Christchurch performances feature the Christchurch Symphony Orchcestra

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CPIT Finale

CPIT Finale

13 November @ 8.00pm

Box Office Opens 7pm
Doors Open 7pm
Main Act 8pm
Approximate finish time 10.15pm

Note: Tickets for FINALE and OUTRO can be combined $50 for an adult


FINALE is a cabaret of the finest live performances from CPIT's Creative festival. It is the grand closing event of the CPIT Isaac Theatre Royal season and is a highlight of CPIT’s events calendar.

It brings together aerialists, acrobats, balance artists, dancers, jugglers, singers and musicians, from the schools of NASDA, Music, Circoarts, and Te Puna Wanaka, in what will be a superb night of virtuoso performance.

FINALE provides the perfect social occasion and environment for you to enjoy the highlights of the Festival. Attending this event also supports the talent who will soon perform in our theatres and on our screens, and helps establish their careers.

Reward your staff, clients, friends and family with a performance they will remember for years; take them to FINALE.

CPIT Curtains

CPIT Outro - 'Curtains'

11 November @ 8.00pm

Box Office Opens 7pm
Doors Open 7pm
Main Act 8pm
Approximate finish time 10.15pm

Note: Tickets for FINALE and OUTRO can be combined $50 for an adult


CURTAINS unfolds backstage at Boston’s Colonial Theatre in 1959, where a new musical could be a Broadway smash, were it not for the presence of its talent-free leading lady. When the hapless star dies on opening night during her curtain call, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. But the lure of the theatre proves irresistible and after an unexpected romance blooms for the stage-struck detective, he finds himself just as drawn toward making the show a hit, as he is in solving the murder.

Book by Rupert Holmes, Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Original Book and Concept by Peter Stone, Additional Lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL ON BEHALF OF THEATRICAL RIGHTS WORLDWIDE, NEW YORK

CPIT Pitch Parade

CPIT Pitch Parade

8 November @ 8pm

Box Office Opens - 7pm
Doors Open - 7pm
Main Act - 8pm
Approximate finish time - 10.15pm


If you haven't yet seen a PITCH parade then we guarantee you will be amazed. Francis Hooper, who has appeared as a guest judge twice, says the show is "just cool".

PITCH presents work by students from the CPIT School of Fashion. Students from years one to three present outfits that show off their skill and verve. The presentations by the first two years' students is built on their combined output during the year. For the year 3 students however this is the second collection they will have made and presented in 2010.

Developed in association with New Zealand’s fashion industry, PITCH has become a recognized and innovative fixture on New Zealand fashions calendar, supported and endorsed by many of our most established designers and influential fashion industry representatives.

City Mission Sunday Lunch

City Mission Sunday Lunch

31 October @ 12pm


You are invited to this special event. Enjoy a 3 course lunch with beverages, as well as great entertainment and auctions. Tickets $65.

All proceeds go to the City Mission. Cash donations accepted on the day.

Supported by Restaurant Schwass and the Isaac Theatre Royal

Toni Childs

Toni Childs

30 October @ 8.00pm

Doors Open – 30 mins before Performance


Back after a 20 year hiatus, three time Grammy nominee Toni Childs is heading to New Zealand for a live national tour. Fresh from performing a string of sell-out shows in Australia earlier this year, Toni Childs will once again be thrilling audiences with her signature husky vocals and emotive lyrics.

The upcoming tour sees Toni performing her blockbuster hits, as well as showcasing her latest hit album Keep The Faith. The songs from this emotionally hard-hitting album are a blend of roots, rock, folk and gospel songs.

Best known for her heavily R&B influenced Don't Walk Away, Toni Childs hit the big time in 1988 when her critically acclaimed debut album Union went Double Platinum in Australia, selling 200,000 albums. The same year she was nominated for three Grammys, including Best New Artist. Her second album, House of Hope went three times platinum and in 1997, the release of Many Rivers to Cross caused her Greatest Hits album to go five times platinum, selling over 500,000 albums.

In 2008, Toni Childs also launched a new body care range, Feminine Mysteries™, which is inextricably linked to her Keep The Faith album. It also encourages people to connect, heal and transform the world through love.

Living on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Toni has spent the last eight years recovering from the Graves Disease she was diagnosed with in the summer of 1997. Overcoming her battle with this rare stress disorder, she recently came back from her musical exile giving fans so much more than they might ever have expected.

With a talent for picking the mood of the times, Toni Childs seems determined to go beyond affirming her role as an important voice of inspiration for an entirely new generation to explore the zeitgeist defining theme of global connection.

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Sweeney Todd

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Rescheduled dates: 14-16, 18, 19, 21-23 October @ 7.30pm & 17 October @ 4pm

Tickets purchased to date will still be valid for re-arranged dates. Ticketing staff will be in contact with patrons to re-issue tickets for new dates.

Venue Box Office Opens: 6.30pm
Door Opening Time: 7.00pm
Show Starts: 7.300pm


A Musical Thriller presented by Showbiz Christchurch

“A masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime”

The date is April 1888, the place is London - and Jack the Ripper is making headlines.... And meanwhile Sweeney Todd, the unjustly exiled barber has returned to infamous and seedy Fleet Street, seeking revenge against the corrupt and lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife.... Todd's thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, with Mrs Lovett, the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs, making the most of a steady supply of fresh meat, which soon has the people of London lining up in droves for her mysterious new pie recipe!

The rare instance of a musical thriller, Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpeice of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime. Sweeney Todd mixes intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humour. Lust, revenge, madness and murder - all play their part in this masterful melodrama. And at the show's core is a challenging and sophisticated score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs Lovett. Staged by Showbiz Christchurch in this year of Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, Sweeney Todd will be directed by Sara Brodie, with musical director Luke di Somma. This lavish production will enthrall audiences with outstanding voices, set and costumes, to create a most memorable and thrilling musical theatre experience.

Sleeping Beauty

Imperial Russian Ballet's 'Sleeping Beauty'

30 September, @ 8pm

Venue Box Office Opens: 7.00pm
Door Opening Time: 7.30pm
Show Starts: 8.00pm
Interval: 9.05pm (20 minutes)
Approx Finish Time: 10.15pm
There will be a lock out in place – latecomers can enter only after clapping finishes.


Following their 2009 sell out performance of Swan Lake the Imperial Russian Ballet company return to New Zealand with their presentation of the classic masterpiece “Sleeping Beauty” in three acts.

The Imperial Russian Ballet Company combines the unity and integrity of the great Russian ballet schools where traditions are passed on from one generation to another. The company was formed by the Bolshoi theatre soloist of thirteen years Gediminas Taranda.

Mother Africa

Cirque Mother Africa

28-29 September

Doors Open – 30 mins before Performance
Approximate running order:
Act 1 – 60 minutes
Interval – 20 minutes
Act 2 – 60 minutes


"MOTHER AFRICA" is the phenomenon known as the "Circus of the Senses"

"MOTHER AFRICA"is a new simply exhilarating, high energy production. Critics have described it as "enthralling", "a theatrical treasure", "a feel good spectacular par excellence", "solid entertainment", "fun, fun, fun" and many more. The production that has been touring for 8 years worldwide with over 2-million people seeing this spectacle. The show features 40 artists from many different countries in Africa - Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe and South Africa - all presenting skillful acrobatics, traditional music and dances as well as athleticism and charisma at its best showing off outstanding full circus range of juggling, contortionists, adagio, rolla-rolla feats, all complimented by colourful costumery. It is truly a show for the entire family.

It is not only the intention to present a scope of African culture and to entertain the audience with outstanding acrobatics, traditional dance and music. With "MOTHER AFRICA" you have to do more than usual.

"MOTHER AFRICA" is truly a dance and acrobatic musical out of Africa that is set to turn theatre going into an enjoyable experience.

"MOTHER AFRICA" is wowing audiences and getting rave reviews. Read a review

See more at the "MOTHER AFRICA" website

Rhythms of Ireland

Rhythms of Ireland

Direct form Dublin

18 July @ 8.00pm


Due to unprecedented demand THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND are returning to New Zealand to continue their 2009 tour.

Ireland’s most celebrated show, THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND, will return to New Zealand to continue with their awe-inspiring and innovative production before heading back overseas.

THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND is an Irish Dance show which has been seen by over two-million worldwide amassing an unsurpassed reputation for their “stunningly executed performance.

The incomparable quality and pure unadulterated spectacle of their work perfectly blends the ancient traditions of Irish dance and music with the innovative and flawlessly choreographed production values of contemporary Irish excellence.

Stars of the calibre of ANTHONY STREET with a recorded tapping speed of 34 TAPS PER SECOND and lead male soloist of LORD OF THE DANCE (2003-2007), DAVID MOORE, lead male soloist of RIVERDANCE (2003-2005) DIERDRA KIELEY, 3 time world Irish dance champion lead a cast of 18 dancers with extensive experience with major Irish international productions thus ensuring a standard of excellence and quality in performance.

Choreographer MICHAEL DONNELLAN needs no introduction. He is 2-times World Irish Dance Champion, the ex-lead male dancer of RIVERDANCE and LORD OF THE DANCE. He directed the acclaimed MAGIC OF THE DANCE.

THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND is not to be missed, Experience the fastest Taps in the world in the most popular show of the present.

If you missed the show the first time around then this is your chance to witness the THE RHYTHMS OF IRELAND. So book now to avoid disappointment as tickets will sell fast.

"The Rhythms of Ireland and its dancers are just Brilliant” Rockhampton Bulletin

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Wolfe Bowart returns to NZ

16 July @ 6.00pm, 17 July @ 11am & 4.30pm

Physical theatre creator Wolfe Bowart is set to return to New Zealand for a 2-week tour in July with his acclaimed production LaLaLuna.

A whimsical and hilarious tale of the moon’s caretaker as he struggles to re-light the darkened moon, LaLaLuna is circus, clown theatre and film woven together with a poetic and comic physical language all its own. Beloved by audiences of all ages around the world, LaLaLuna is the joyful solo creation from US-native Wolfe Bowart, one of today’s masters of physical theatre.

Bowart first performed LaLaLuna in New Zealand in 2008 at Hamilton’s FUEL Festival, where he played to capacity audiences. Bowart has since toured LaLaLuna to Hong Kong, Greece, the UK, and Brazil. In Australia, Bowart has undertaken two national tours of LaLaLuna as well as seasons at the Adelaide Festival, the Out of the Box Festival (the acclaimed festival for young people) and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where The Melbourne Age proclaimed LaLaLuna "luminously inventive and magically silly … Wolfe Bowart's show about the night the light went out in the moon will have you howling with laughter at the dark circle in the sky."

Bowart’s productions weave together comedy and pathos, circus, stage illusion, film and sound in a largely wordless mix that captivates audiences aged from 6 to 96.

"You will be mesmerized, he will make you laugh, he will make you sigh, and you will be enchanted by his every move." ArtSound FM, Canberra

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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

13 - 15 July @ 7.30pm, 14 July @ 1pm

“Masterly McKellen glitters. ....” London Evening Standard, 2010
“The funniest and most compassionate production you will ever see. ....” Daily Telegraph (UK), 2010
"The theatrical event of the year" Daily Express (UK)
“It’s harrowing, it’s funny, it’s human: go and see it, and laugh till you cry. ....” Time Out (UK), 2010

Acclaimed British theatre star Sir Ian McKellen returns to New Zealand in June for a very limited season of the award-winning production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

Kay and McLean Productions Pty Ltd, Arnold M Crook, Paul Elliott, Nigel Everett and Duncan C Weldon in association with HVK Productions and Michael Coppel today announced the Wellington and Christchurch seasons of London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company’s production of Waiting for Godot starring Ian McKellen (Estragon), Roger Rees (Vladimir), Matthew Kelly (Pozzo) and Brendan O’Hea(Lucky).

Sir Ian is best known in New Zealand as Gandalf in Peter’s Jackson’s Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy and last performed on New Zealand stages in 2007 in the Royal Shakespeare Company productions of King Lear and The Seagull in Auckland and Wellington.

When Samuel Beckett's play exploded on to the stage 50 years ago, it shocked as many people as it delighted. There had never been a play like it; indeed it was said that: "(Beckett) has achieved a theoretical impossibility – a play in which nothing happens, that yet keeps audiences glued to their seats".

In the play, two old friends (Estragon and Vladimir) meet to converse, joke and argue with themselves as they wait through one day and then another for the mysterious Godot. The combination of music hall, poetry and tension redefined what is possible in theatre, so that today, Waiting for Godot is accepted as one of the most significant plays of the 20th century.

Following its record-breaking season last year at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (for both the play and the theatre), Waiting for Godot directed by Sean Mathias will conclude its hugely successful return season in the West End before touring to Australia and then on to New Zealand from May to July this year.

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The Imperial Ice Stars - SWAN LAKE ON ICE

Swan Lake on Ice

Swan Lake on Ice

30 June - 3 July @ 7.30pm, 1 July & 4 July @ 1pm, 3 July @ 2pm, 4 July @ 5pm

The world’s premier theatrical ice skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, are back with a dynamic new interpretation of their award-winning masterpiece Swan Lake on Ice, on a two-year world tour. With exhilarating new choreography from leading ice director Tony Mercer, and dazzling new costumes, this innovative portrayal of the classic love story will take your breath away. The 26 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, take contemporary ice dance to a new level with their daring and graceful feats - some of which are so complex they haven’t yet been named – performed in the intimate setting of a frozen theatre stage.

Their previous three world tours (Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice) have earned The Imperial Ice Stars an unrivalled reputation for pushing the boundaries in the genre of ice dance with their skill and athleticism on the ice, their creative and powerful story-telling, their sumptuous sets, spectacular special effects and opulent costumes.

The Imperial Ice Stars have won five star praise from audiences and critics alike, and performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues – London’s Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells, Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre, Montreal’s Place des Arts and Cape Town’s Artscape. This adrenaline-infused Swan Lake on Ice will bring you to the very edge of your seat…

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Meridian Season of Carmen


Pieter Symonds as Carmen

23-26 June @ 7.30pm, 26 June @ 2.30pm

Her allure is the stuff of legend.

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s Meridian Season of Carmen is guaranteed to heat up the winter months.

Against a backdrop of modern-day Rio de Janeiro and set to George Bizet’s famous score, this is dramatic dance theatre at its best.

This highly visual, contemporary take on a classic story sees Carmen working in a cigarette factory by day. By night, you’ll find her hanging out with a dodgy crowd of small-time crooks at the seedy Bar Pastia. Sultry and ruthless, Carmen uses her seductive powers to devastating effect. Able to disarm with a sideward glance, the independent and strong-willed Carmen manipulates every situation to her favour.

“Carmen is probably the world’s most famous seductress,” says RNZB Artistic Director Gary Harris. “Backed up with Bizet’s musical masterpiece of a score, this production is a fantastic night out.”

When José makes the mistake of falling in love with Carmen, things spiral out of control. Caught between duty and desire, José’s uncontrollable desire for the dismissive Carmen can only lead to disaster.

The Meridian Season of Carmen will feature guest dancer Pieter Symonds in the title role. A former principal dancer with the RNZB, Pieter is currently based in London where she dances with the Rambert Dance Company. Born in Christchurch, Pieter joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 1997 where she performed numerous principal roles for the company including Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Carmen.

“We are thrilled to have Pieter return for this season,” says Harris. “Her career has continued to go from strength to strength and it’s a real coup to have her back performing for New Zealand audiences again.”

First performed by the RNZB in 2005 and choreographed by Dutch-born Didy Veldman, this production of Carmen canvasses a variety of genres and will appeal to lovers of theatre, music, dance, and design.

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Te Koha 2010, Gifts of our Ancestors

18 June @ 1.00pm & 7.00pm, 19 June @ 1.00pm & 7.00pm

Te KohaTe Koha is a 90 minute show, and extravaganza of the Māori-Nesian and performing arts. A variety of artists performing, jazz, reggae, Kapa Haka, contemporary dance, opera, and instrumentals.

Featuring Whirimako Black, an internationally reknown Māori musician in jazz and blues, and Ruia Aperahama an amazing and gifted singer songwriter, along with many talented local artists.

A show not to be missed!


Fat Freddy's Drop
The Freddy's Show Live in 3D at a Theatre Near You

Fat Freddy's Drop

Live in 3D

4 June

THE DROP, JUICE TV & ZM present The Freddy's Show Live in 3D at a Theatre Near You

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the light, it’s time to meet Fat Freddy’s Drop on The Freddy’s Show. It’s time to put on make up, it’s time to dress up right, it’s time to get things started on the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational...this is what we call The Freddy’s Show, Live in 3D at a Theatre Near You.

New Zealand’s original marauders are raising the curtain and stepping into the spotlight for a run of live theatrical extravaganzas.

Show in two parts with Intermission (3D glasses not required)

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The National Young Leaders Days
Marking 10 Years on the Journey

National Young Leaders

National Young Leaders Day

1 June @ 9.30am - 2.30pm

National Young Leaders Days are annual events, now in their 10th year. The days aim to develop student leadership and be both inspirational and practical. Since 2001 over 70,000 students have attended throughout New Zealand.

These events are an initiative of the Halogen Foundation and run for Primary, Intermediate & Secondary School students. The objectives of NYLD are Inspiration, Connection, Student Empowerment, Promoting Positivity, Motivation & Education.

Speakers for the Christchurch Primary & Intermediate School event details are:
Jason Gunn – Entertainer, Presenter, Creative Director
Rob Harley – TV Documentary Maker
Nick Tuitasi – Inspirational Speaker and Former Police Constable
Matt Gibb & Dayna Vawdrey – Studio 2 Presenters

The Cadbury® Crunchie®Comedy Convoy
Presented by: NZ Comedy Trust

Laughs Galore

Laughs Galore with the Comedy Convoy

21 May @ 8pm

The Cadbury® Crunchie® Comedy Convoy rolls into town on Friday May 21, bringing 5 of the best local & international comedians to Christchurch for one cracker comedy showcase.

TV3 regular Steve Wrigley leads the charge, with performances by Chris Brain (NZ), Hannah Gadsby (AUS), Eddie Ifft (USA) and Josh Thomas (AUS).

Winner of the 2008 Billy T Award, nominated for the prestigious Fred Award for comedic excellence and a regular guest on TV3’s ‘7Days’ & ‘@Seven’. Steve Wrigley is always a crowd favourite; his stories of mischief strike a chord with audiences, leaving you wondering why this guy isn’t your best mate.

After 5 years on the UK comedy circuit Chris Brain has come home to NZ, bringing with him his own unique mix of cynicism and dark joy. In 2009, Chris won the coveted Billy T Award for his deeply personal show 'Chris Brain is in A Better Place'. Now a regular contributor & guest on TV3's ‘7Days’, Chris really is in a better place.

Hannah Gadsby was first seen on NZ screens in 2008, in the TV2 Comedy Christmas Gala. Her droll delivery, punctuated by delightful wordplay and heart-breakingly funny, self-deprecating observations about her own life and family has delighted audiences all over the world. “…deliciously awkward…” The Age, AUS

Returning to NZ shores just to perform in the Convoy, American Eddie Ifft is one of the most travelled comedians in show business - headlining gigs in over 15 countries in 2009 alone. Renowned for high-energy mischief and decidedly American audacity; Eddie has shared the stage with Dave Chapelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock and Robin Williams - but is still thrilled to be performing as part of the Convoy.

At the age of just 17, Josh Thomas was the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s RAW Comedy Competition in 2005. Now with 4 years of professional gigs under his belt, Josh is touted as “the Future of Australian Comedy” (Time Off Magazine, Aus). Come and see what all the fuss is about.

The Cadbury® Crunchie® Comedy Convoy is a hugely popular tour, so get in quick to secure your seat before the show sells out!

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Jimeoin - Something....smells funny

Jimeoin on stage

Jimeoin on stage

1 May @ 7.30pm

Presented by: Alist Entertainment

There is a hilarious aroma in the air... it's Jimeoin's new show 'Something... Smells Funny'

Join him as he effortlessly makes you breathe in his witty brand of charming humour... you will leave with the unforgettable stench of happiness.

"A Comic Masterpiece" - DAILY MAIL, UK

"As sharp as they come... Stand up is rarely so appealing" - LONDON EVENING STANDARD, UK

"has his victims doubled up in agonising laughter" - THE HERALD, EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL, UK

Harlem Gospel Choir: The Concert of Hope
Remembering Michael Jackson

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir

27 April @ 8pm

The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir, makes its much-awaited return to New Zealand in late April.

Harlem Gospel Choir’s ‘Concert of Hope - Remembering Michael Jackson’ will feature some of the world’s most popular gospel music including O Happy Day, Man From Galilee, Will you be there?

The Concert of Hope also celebrates the life & music of their friend & compatriot, the late Michael Jackson with a special tribute of the songs that made him the most significant figure in the world of pop-music over the last 30 years including We Are The World, Billie Jean, You Are Not Alone

Harlem Gospel Choir’s relationship with Michael Jackson goes back to the choir’s founder, Allen Bailey, and his very first tour with the Commodores who were performing as the opening act for the Jackson 5 on a national tour of the USA. That association forged on the road, was later to continue through its dealings with Motown records. In 2009, members of Harlem Gospel Choir were humbled to be invited to take part in the NBC broadcast of Michael Jacksons funeral service. Their performance of Michael Jackson songs is in memory of a truly great and inspirational figure of the world of pop music.

Harlem Gospel Choir travels the globe sharing its joy of faith through its music. Allen Bailey got the idea for the Choir while attending a celebration in honour of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Cotton Club in Harlem. The Choir represents the finest singers & musicians from Harlem's Black Churches & the New York area.

2010 Made in New Zealand

Footnote Dance presents 2010 Made in NZ

Footnote Dance presents 2010 Made in NZ

26 April @ 8pm

A crowd favourite and an established performance season, 2010 Made in New Zealand celebrates NZ Music Month with new dance works by New Zealand choreographers.

Featuring Purlieu by Malia Johnston, to new music by Eden Mulholland.

Purlieu is a term used for the outlying parts of a place or district. Like the earlier work “Miniatures” it is based on, Purlieu is an exploration of the body’s relationship to small, precious and confined spaces. The work is being presented at the World Expo in Shanghai later this year and is partly influenced by its theme – 'better cities, better living'. Dancers explore the preciousness and precariousness of space and place as they interact with a constantly shifting landscape of small objects and spaces. The resulting forms, images and physicalities are metaphors for the many ways in which we both affect and change, and in turn are defined and constricted by, the built environments that surround us.

The programme also features a solo work choreographed by Ross McCormack (Stealth), danced by Jeremy Poi and inspired by the graffiti art of DLT with music by Jody Lloyd.

To finish, Footnote Dance will be performing MTYLAND, fresh from the New Zealand International Arts Festival. Choreographed by Belgium based New Zealander, Claire O’Neil, MTYLAND was the winner of Best Choreography by an Established Artist or Company at the 2008 Tempo Awards, and has achieved great audience response and critical acclaim. This intoxicating choreography, now reworked, is a moving exploration of the search for calm amid life’s chaos and examines the idea that ‘In Nothing there is Everything… we are making the rules.’

Footnote Dance is a national contemporary dance company directed by Deirdre Tarrant with dancers Anita Hunziker, Jeremy Poi, Sarah Knox, Francis Christeller, Lucy Marinkovich and Robbie Curtis.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

15-18 & 20-24 April @ 7.30pm, 17 April @ 2pm, 18 April @ 4pm

Christchurch audiences can get in early for their pick of the best seats now that tickets are on sale for the Showbiz Christchurch all new singing and dancing Resene season of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat.

The ever-popular classic musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice blasts onto stage from 15-24th April 2010 at the Isaac Theatre Royal.

Super-charged, warm-hearted, feel-good, and irresistible entertainment at its very best, the famous saga of favoured son Joseph and his coat of many colours comes to vibrant life and provides the platform for a most brilliant and colourful musical fantasy and profusion of musical styles.

Artistic team director Stephen Robertson, musical director Richard Marrett and choreographer Leigh Evans bring together a dynamic full cast of singing, dancing and musical talent, with memorable songs, and up-to-the moment wow-factor sets, costumes and special effects.

A must-see theatrical experience for audiences of all ages, this Showbiz Christchurch production follows its very successful 2009 season of the New Zealand Premier of Miss Saigon.

Linwood College Gala Concert

Support Linwood College

Linwood Gala Concert

31 March 2010, 7.30pm

Celebrating past and present musical talent. This is a unique opportunity to see some of Linwood College’s finest ex pupils perform alongside the Linwood College Orchestra and Jazz Band in support of the Linwood College Orchestra music tour, Europe 2011.

Virtuoso violinist Fiona Pears has recently toured, performing at festivals and concerts internationally and has released many CDs.

Rodney Macann is one of New Zealand's outstanding opera singers. He has appeared internationally including at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Bolshoi and has sung with leading Australasian Opera companies and orchestras.

Courtenay Washington is one of the country's finest jazz vocalists. She has performed locally and internationally for the past ten years. Her voice has been described as a 'delectable combination of whisky and honey'.

Jazz legend Stu Buchanan introduced jazz to Christchurch secondary schools. Teacher, mentor, icon, role model and a stunning musician.

Hot Topic – Are We Being Climate Smart?
Forum in support of Earth Hour

Support Earth Hour

Are We Being Climate Smart?

24 March, 6.30 - 9.30pm FREE

This FREE public forum in support of Earth Hour is hosted by Mayor Bob Parker.

The forum is an opportunity to hear from a panel of industry leaders talking about being climate smart in our city and how to plan for the future.

  • Our changing climate - David Wratt, Chief Scientist, National Climate Centre, NIWA
  • Building a resilient city - Mike Theelen, General Manager, Strategy and Planning, CCC
  • Powering the future - Roger Sutton, CEO Orion NZ Ltd
  • A climate of opportunity - Peter Townsend, Employers' Chamber of Commerce
  • Climate smart living - Rhys Taylor, Sustainable Living Education Trust

Following on from the panel presentations there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about being climate smart.

Networking Drinks sponsored by Yealands Estate will start at 6:30pm and the forum will commence at 7:30pm.

Attendance is FREE however to assist with planning if you us know that you are coming before 19 MARCH 2010 you will go in the draw to win a case of Yealands Estate Wine.

For more information and to register for this event please go to – your tickets will be emailed to you.

Christchurch is proud to be taking part in Earth Hour again this year. Pledge your support and turn off your lights for one hour during Earth Hour at 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010. Go to for more details.

Busting Out!

Busting Out

Busting Out!

11th, 12th & 13th March @ 8.00PM and 13th @ 4.00pm

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Andrew Guild and Simon Bryce proudly present BUSTING OUT - the smash hit hysterical show of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Busting Out! is a show like no other!!! After a hugely successful North Island season, Isaac Theatre Royal is proud to present Busting Out! in Christchurch.

Take two big talents, with even bigger personalities and personal attributes, combine skits, tricks and song and sit back and prepare to be amazed at what the irrepressible Emma Powell and Bev Killick do when they take a most irreverent look at that much revered embodiment of womanhood - the breast.

Seen by over 200,000 Australians and 25,000 Kiwis in the last 18 months, Busting Out! is the show that literally has women cheering on their feet and men gasping with amazement! Busting Out! is packed with bouncy songs, sidesplitting characters and fascinating demonstrations of the lesser known uses of your drooping assets.

Months of rehearsals resulted in some spectacular mammary manipulation and very numb nipples to produce truly amazing and outrageous tricks including the Plumbers Crack, the Baby and the Donut as well as some hilarious demonstrations as to how boobs may be enhanced and utilised in daily life...

NB: No age restrictions but not recommended for under 16's. Show contains partial nudity and occasional coarse language.

Stalls only sales initially. Circle & Gallery will be opened dependent on initial ticket sales.

Bookings open soon

Busting Out

Reviews for Busting Out


"Tasteful, clever liberating and laugh-out loud funny!" SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"Must be seen!" THE MELBOURNE AGE

"Clever, Creative and hilarious... Emma Powell and Bev Killick are a sassy force which had the audience howling with laughter... Simply put, Busting Out! is one of the funniest things i have seen." THE WEST AUSTRALIAN

"Emma Powell and Bev Killick's show is a celebration. Utterly hilarious and empowering - at last we have a show that makes women (and men) feel good about their own bodies." BRISBANE TIMES

A selection of audience comments sent to the Melbourne booking office by patrons who had attended a performance:

"This show was one to see! I haven't laughed so much in ages. The comedy was fantastic, I still laugh about it now I recommended all my friends to see it. I have to say it was one of the best shows I have seen I even tried buying the DVD straight after the show but it wasn't available yet. I highly recommend this show for all to see "

"The 2 stars of this show have so much confidence and self esteem for themselves that I think they could be life coaches. I found the show funny, very entertaining and at times thoroughly mirroring aspects of my life and a lot of peoples lives in general. A light hearted comedy show performed by two semi naked gals with very normal bodies standing up and entertaining with pride. They can sing as well!"

"Have never laughed so much during a show, what those women can do with a pair of boobs was unbelievable."

"Busting out was side-splittingly funny"

"Busting out shed light on issues women are to scared to be upfront about as boobs are the highlight of the sexual perception of women."

"Their honesty and no frills performance laced with above average singing was perceptively able to hit the chord of the audiences funny bone, as there was not a single person that was not gasping for air or holding their ribs from laughing so hard, women and men alike."

"Was far better than French & Saunders!!!"

"I went with 7 friends from work, all women. It was a really good night out. The play was extremely funny and many of us related to the skits, like it was us!! My face hurt from laughing so much!! It was the talk of the office for days! Well done I am actually going again with my partner as he does not believe me!!"

Visit the Busting Out website

Royal NZ Ballet - The TOWER Season of From Here to There

Royal New Zealand Ballet

Royal New Zealand Ballet

4-6 March 2010, 7.30pm

The journey begins here.

Take a leap into the extraordinary with the Royal New Zealand Ballet's TOWER Season of From Here to There, three stylish, spirited and sensual works of dance, featuring two new commissions – A Song In The Dark and Silhouette – and the return of an acclaimed encore, A Million Kisses to My Skin.

A Song In The Dark
A Song In The Dark is the much-anticipated new work by one of New Zealand's emerging choreographic talents, Andrew Simmons. Set to music by Philip Glass and embracing themes of missed opportunities, love and beauty in the ordinary; Simmons injects a new sense of style and energy to classical ballet.

Choreographer: Andrew Simmons
Music: Tirol Concerto by Philip Glass
Design: Kate Venables
Lighting: Jordan Tuinman

Acclaimed UK-based choreographer Christopher Hampson - creator of RNZB's Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet - returns down under to deck dancers out in black tutus for the premiere of his work Silhouette. Inspired by Poulenc's Concert Champêtre, this dynamic new commission featuring the full company is guaranteed to dazzle.

Choreographer: Christopher Hampson
Music: Concert Champêtre by Francis Poulenc
Design: Gary Harris
Lighting: Jordon Tuinman

A Million Kisses to My Skin
David Dawson's sublime A Million Kisses to My Skin was first performed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2005. Capturing the tempo of Bach's Concerto No 1, this fluid and visually stunning work has been described as a "bravura vocabulary of movement that swoops, dips and swirls and is passed on from dancer to dancer as though they are sharing the sheer joy of movement".

Choreographer and set design: David Dawson
Music: Concerto No 1 in D minor by Johan Sebastian Bach
Costume design: Yumiko Takeshima
Lighting: Bert Dalhuysen, recreated by Jordan Tuinman

Ted E’s Farewell Tour

Strassman and Ted E Bare

David Strassman with Ted E

26th & 27th February 2010, 7.00pm

David Strassman has big news on his 2010 New Zealand tour – it's "Ted E's Farewell Tour". Tragically, the much adored Ted E Bare is announcing his show biz retirement.

The pressure, the publicity, the paparazzi, the tabloids! And – most of all – Chuck Wood! It's finally too much for one shy bear to handle. Ted E’s decided to spend more time with his family. But what family? Where will he go?

As hilarious as ever, the show is a star-studded tribute to Ted E Bare's greatest showbiz moments. And it shares the pain of his struggle, trying to understand where he belongs in the world. Of course, Ted E Bare’s departure leaves a huge hole to fill. Who could fill Ted E's shoes? Strassman's journey of discovery uncovers some new and extraordinary characters, desperate to join the show.

Meanwhile, the existing characters battle to get more of the show. The evilly sarcastic Chuck Wood, the grumpy and cantankerous Grandpa Fred, attention-seeking A.N.G.E.L. and intergalactic Kevin enter a battle of wits - so prepare for a wild ride of biting humor and desperate behavior! But will Ted E Bare really leave for good?

Where will he go, who is his real family, and can this psychologically twisted show survive without its shy side? Could this be the end of everyone? Make sure you find out!

Gin Wigmore

GIn Wigmore

Gin Wigmore

20 February 2010, 7.30pm


Gin Wigmore is getting 2010 off to a smashing start with her first ever headline tour of New Zealand. The past year has seen Gin in some rather amazing situations. She got to record her first album ‘Holy Smoke’ at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with mega producer Mike Elizondo at the helm. She got the legendary Cardinals not just to play on her album but also to play shows with her in NZ and Australia.

She got to support her musical hero David Gray at his Australian shows and is currently on the road in New Zealand as special guest for another of her long-time musical inspirations, Dave Dobbyn.

Her song ‘Under My Skin’ became Air New Zealand’s new theme tune and a massive hit on You Tube (over 4m views!) and her collaboration with Smashproof ‘Brother’ spent a record-breaking 12 weeks at #1 in the NZ singles chart. ‘Holy Smoke’ entered the NZ charts at #1 and was double platinum within two months, spending 9 weeks in the NZ top five by Christmas. . Her singles ‘Oh My’ and ‘I Do’ also both spent the Christmas week in the top 20.

In March Gin will head to the USA for several months to support the release of ‘Holy Smoke’ but before she goes, there’s something she wants to do…

"I’m dying to come home and spend some summer days singing for my fellow Kiwi’s. About bloody time I say! The support over the last year for my music from so many New Zealanders out there has been an absolute mind blow for me. It feels like the family are proud, and that my dears is all I could ever ask for. So get your dancing shoes on and your handclaps ready to sing the night away with me in Feb, for what I promise will be a ridiculously awesome night out!"

Adding a dose of interplanetary entertainment to the tour will be those spaceketeers and special guests KIDZ IN SPACE. Having commenced their conquest of NZ with the hit ‘Downtime’, the cosmonautical crusaders are looking forward to touching down with Gin in the year twenty ten.

The Seven Irish Tenors

The Seven Irish Tenors

The Seven Irish Tenors

12 & 13 February 2010, 7.30pm

THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS originated in Dublin more than a decade ago with the sole intent of showcasing to the world the finest young exponents of Irish singing.

As time has evolved personnel in the troupe have changed, with many international performers of Irish descent joining the company to continue the tradition of Irish tenor singing that focuses on purity of voice. Under the tutelage of the Producer of the world-famous Irish dance company, Spirit Of The Dance, the company now boasts a pool of Irish tenors who, when playing large arenas are expanded to twelve performers.

In this 2-hour concert performed entirely by THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS, you’ll be thrilled to hear Irish favourites such as “Danny Boy”, “The Rose Of Tralee”, “MacNamara’s Band”,”Phil The Fluter’s Ball”, “Galway Bay” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, as well as more contemporary songs like “You Raise Me Up”, “We Are The Champions”, and favourites such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. There’s even some fabulous Beatles songs including “Hey Jude”– all performed by young, handsome, sparkling performers much acclaimed in Europe. And of course there wouldn’t be a show without “O Sole Mio”, “Funiculi, Funicula” and the spine-tingling “Nessun Dorma”! As the International Post wrote after experiencing THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS - “they are simply breathtaking”

Other accolades include “If you like ‘Il Divo’, you’ll love this show” – The Sun, and “From Rock to Opera, from Pop to Classic Broadway. Young, sexy guys with great looks and amazing voices. The audience loved every minute of this tremendous show” – New York Times

In their New Zealand performances, THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS will be accompanied on stage by a string quartet, complemented by tracks recorded by the Vector Wellington Orchestra and mixed by engineers at a leading UK studio, ensuring a full and dynamic concert sound.

To see more about THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS visit this website or see them on YouTube.

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