Lake Hawea Community Centre, Wanaka

05/03/2020 - 05/03/2020


Production Details

International Comedy Magician in two fabulously funny shows:  

Mayhem! – Ultimate Kids’ Show

Cheeky, Quirky and Classy – Ultimate Family Friendly Show  

Brendan Dooley is fast becoming one of the world’s top young magicians, described by The Press as “…a new generation of talent already snapping the heels of established acts.” 

This family show combines a unique blend of non-traditional magic, stunts, original quick-witted comedy and cheeky pick-pocketing in an unforgettable show that has made Brendan an audience favourite with thousands worldwide!

Recently Brendan was the recipient of NZ’s Top Comedy Magician Award, the youngest ever to receive it. He says that his January 2020 stint at the “World Famous Magic Castle” is leading to even more tricks up his sleeve!


Wednesday 4 March 7:30pm Twizel
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Twizel Events Centre
Adults $20; Student $10 Book: Twizel Info Centre
Includes complimentary nibbles, cash bar available.

Thursday 5 March 4:00pm Lake Hawea
Lake Hawea Community Centre
All tickets $10 Book: Hawea Store & Kitchen;
OCD Cafe at Wanaka Medical Centre; Door Sales

Thursday 5 March 7.30pm Lake Hawea
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Lake Hawea Community Centre
Adults $25; Children $10 Book: Hawea Store & Kitchen;
OCD Cafe at Wanaka Medical Centre; Door Sales 

Friday 6 March 7:00pm Roxburgh
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Roxburgh Town Hall
$20 Book: iSite 

Saturday 7 March 11:00am Cromwell
Cromwell & District Presbyterian Church
Children $5; Adult $15; Family: 2 Adults plus 3 Children $30
Book:; Cromwell iSite

Saturday 7 March 4:30pm Arrowtown
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall
Child $10; Adult $15 Book:

Sunday 8 March 3:00pm Alexandra
The Stadium Tavern, 143 Centennial Ave
Adults $25; Gold Card $20; Children $10
Book: Alexandra i-SITE; Cash sales at the door 

Tuesday 10 March 1:30pm Stewart Island
Stewart Island Community Centre 
Book: Door Sales

Tuesday 10 March 7.00pm Stewart Island
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Stewart Island Community Centre
$25 Book: Door Sales

Thursday 12 March 7:00pm Oamaru
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Oamaru Opera House
Child $10; Senior/Student $20; Adults $25 (plus fees) Book: TicketDirect

Friday 13 March 4:30pm Ashburton
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
Open Hat – No need to pre-book

Friday 13 March 6:30pm Ashburton
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Ashburton Trust Event Centre
Open Hat – No need to pre-book

Thursday 19 March 6:00pm New Plymouth
Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace
$15.00 Book:

Friday 20 March 5:30pm Whakatane
Gateway Theatre 
Family $30; Children $5; Adults $15
Book: The Good Life, The Strand, Whakatane

Friday 20 March 7:30pm Whakatane
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Gateway Theatre
Adults $20; Family 30; Concessions $15
Book: The Good Life, The Strand, Whakatane 

Saturday 21 March 4:30pm Opotiki
Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall
Adult $10; Child $2 Book: Opotiki Library; online at
Refreshments provided

Saturday 21 March 7:30pm Opotiki
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Opotiki Senior Citizens Hall
$20 Book: Opotiki Library; online at
Bar and nibbles provided

Tuesday 24 March 2:00pm Whitianga
Whitianga Town Hall
Free Book: Mercury Bay Pharmacy

Wednesday 25 March 6:30pm Auckland
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy 
UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture 
Family $85 (2 adults/3 children); Adult $28; Children (9 – 16yrs) $18 

Saturday 28 March 7:00pm Upper Hutt
Cheeky, Quirky and Classy
Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre
$20 Book:

Arts On Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.

Theatre , Magic/Illusion , Family , Comedy , Children’s ,

‘Impossible’ magic and a bit dodgy

Review by Sue Wards 06th Mar 2020

New Zealand’s youngest full-time entertainer is facing his stiffest competition (Netflix) by touring his family show Cheeky, Quirky and Classy, which a “small but mighty” audience risked leaving their TVs to attend in Lake Hawea last night (Thursday March 5).

Brendan Dooley, awarded NZ’s Top Comedy Magician in 2019, brings his “Clark Kent in reverse” stage persona to the stage backed by skill, talent, chutzpah – and of course ‘production values’ (delivered by one lighting and sound guy).  

“If you guys lower your expectations you’re going to enjoy yourselves more,” he tells us, and proceeds to unfold a formula of under-delivering on a magic trick, milking the laughs, then over-delivering on expectations to gasps and applause.

As the seven-year-old in our party says, Dooley does “impossible” things. His tricks are brilliant and I won’t be the only person puzzling today over how he pulls them off.

The eighteen-year-old in our household chose Netflix over Cheeky, Quirky and Classy. The combination of comedy and magic sounds dodgy, he said. He has a point. The magic tricks are extraordinary, and Dooley is quick-witted and shameless (a useful quality in a comedian). His self-deprecation is funny but his fun-poking at participating audience members is occasionally awkward. My fifteen-year-old doesn’t approve when Dooley makes fun of the ten-year-old girl on stage.

Cheeky, Quirky and Classy is marketed as the “ultimate family friendly show” and it is mostly families (with plenty of primary school aged children) in the audience. Dooley only drops one F-bomb and many of the less wholesome jokes will have gone over the children’s heads. (Our seven-year-old asks after the show: “Why did he do a kids’ show when he hates kids?”)

In keeping with Dooley’s non-traditional approach, at the conclusion of the show he removes his glasses – and stage persona – and talks of his late mother (throwing in another joke) and tells us his ambition ias to perform exceptional magic and make people laugh harder than ever before. “Did I achieve this?” he asks. There is a moment of silence before the audience applaudes. It is unusual and affecting to see a performer unmask themselves and become vulnerable in this way.

Then Dooley dons his glasses to unveil a final, unexpected and hilarious trick, confirming that going out to watch this show was a better choice than Netflix.

Cheeky, Quirky and Classy and his ‘ultimate kid’s show’ Mayhem! are organised by Arts On Tour NZ, which takes New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres around New Zealand, with the help of funding from Creative NZ and others. 


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