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Opening 25 Oct 2014 at Refinery Artspace [Nelson]
“When a naked woman speaks you tend to pay attention.” – New York Theatre Review This October the award-winning New York production of Human Fruit Bowl will come to New Zealand, premiering at BATS in Wellington and going on to Waikanae, Arts Festival Dunedin, Queenstown and Nelson Arts Festival. [more]

Opening 25 Oct 2014 at Theatre Royal [Nelson]
Join celebrated New Zealand musician Tim Finn in this unique show crafted with award-winning playwright Ken Duncum and filmmaker Sue Healey. A performance event where the alchemy of observation, photographs and journals, story, and song deliver a potent celebration of family, ancestors and what it means to be Pākehā. [more]

Opening 25 Oct 2014 at St James Theatre [Gore]
Roger Hall, New Zealand’s most loved playwright returns to The Court Theatre this time with British musical heavyweight Peter Skellern (You’re a Lady, Love is the Sweetest Thing) to take you on a light hearted journey through the joys and horrors of grandparenthood, with all its painful pleasures. [more]

Opening 25 Oct 2014 at The Forge at The Court Theatre [Christchurch]
A comical conversation overhead on a bus about a wayward bachelor party was the inspiration for Stag Weekend, which has its world première at The Forge at The Court on October 25th. Directed by Mark Hadlow, Stag Weekend was written by Court Jesters Brendon Bennetts and Dan Bain. [more]

Opening 25 Oct 2014 at Hagley Open Stage [Christchurch]
Belly Dance Extravaganza
Beloved by bellydancers across the globe, internationally acclaimed dancer Aziza is coming all the way to New Zealand! For one night only, the Christchurch public will be able to come along and watch her perform. This is an amazing opportunity to see a master of middle eastern dance in action! [more]

Opening 28 Oct 2014 at Hannah Playhouse (previously Downstage) [Wellington]
This is the story of two brothers ripped apart by the most infamous act in trans-Tasman sport. When the Aussies committed what Rob Muldoon later described as ‘An act of cowardice appropriate to a team that wears a yellow uniform’, The MCG ignited: Kiwis v Aussies, Aussies v Aussies, and Colin and Dons’ drunk parents violently versus each other. [more]

Photo by Douglas Chubb
Opening 28 Oct 2014 at The Long Hall, Roseneath [Wellington]
“A woman who expends her energy exercising the brain does so at the expense of her vital organs” – so said Dr Henry Maudsley, world-renowned psychiatrist and advisor to the royal family in 1874. Earlier in 2014 The Bacchanals brought you Once We Built A Tower, Dean Parker’s play about how New Zealand once had the most ahead-of-its-time welfare scheme in the world. In October 2014, The Bacchanals Are Back!TM with a play that again shows how fortunate we are to live in such a progressive country (don’t let the election result fool you!). [more]

Opening 28 Oct 2014 at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon [Wellington]
What happens when a crack team of the New Zealand Improv Festival’s guests join forces for one night only? Magic. [more]

Opening 28 Oct 2014 at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon [Wellington]
A fast-paced display of improvised comedy featuring the well-lubricated brains of Spark. Random plot twists, audience suggestions and a mischievous MC create havoc for the improvisers as they strive to keep their story lines intact. [more]

Opening 28 Oct 2014 at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon [Wellington]
Directed by iO alumnus Lori Leigh (This Fair Verona,Revelations) PlayShop is putting up an elite team of players to tackle one of improv’s most challenging formats. Rock up, throw in your suggestions, and kick us off for an hour of white-knuckled comedy never before attempted at the New Zealand Improv Festival. [more]
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