Absolutely in Kalgoorlie

You can catch Absolutely in Kalgoorlie at the Goldfields Arts Centre on Tuesday, 26 May at 2pm and Wednesday 27 May at 6pm. (Allan Girod, writer and star of Absolutely is also special guest at writing workshops – details here)

AbsolutelyAs they say, Absolutely is “a giant-hearted story from a giant-sized story teller. Allan Girod, not your average six-foot-nine Australian, goes from be an extreme introvert to performing in Cirque du Soleil. A touching and laugh out-loud tale. Sometimes the best place to belong is where the unexpected takes you.”

Absolutely is a masterful piece of theatre with themes of identity, belonging, adversity and hope that resonate long after the performance. The audience is transported from Perth’s darkest suburbia to a rural town to inside the mind of a struggling performer and to a finale alongside him on a grandiose big top stage. A memorable journey of the heart both aching and uplifting leaves audiences inspired by a sense of the familiar and surprising.

At six-foot-nine, with everybody saying “You should play basketball”, Allan’s journey into performing is not the typical tale. Absolutely threads together these incidents, both unfortunate and laughable, as he finds himself pursuing a path he never imagined.

Tickets available in person, from the Box Office (Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm) or by phone on 08 9021 0999 or online - Buy Tickets Now.

Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Gym and Tonic at Goldfields

Treat yourself to a lovely piece of theatre when Roz Hammond presents Gym and Tonic at Goldfields Arts Centre on Friday, May 22.

Gym and TonicYou may not know the name but most Australians know her face – Roz Hammond wrote, and stars in, this one woman play. Set in a women’s gym, a group of strangers gradually reveal themselves as they bump and grind through a set of hilariously inappropriate routines. There are also some pithy and poignant moments.

In between jobs, in real life, actor Roz Hammond works as a trainer in a women’s gym. This is an uplifting tale about the miraculous things that sometime occur amidst the bitching, moaning, lunging and groaning.

Roz plays eight characters, each of their stories intertwined courtesy of a gym class at the local community centre. One is a well-off homewares store owner who hasn’t seen her grandchildren in weeks after her son walked out on his family. Another is a middle-aged woman who has found herself at a loose end after the death of her mother, who she lived with for eight years. A mother brings along her overweight daughter, who is being taunted by her peers on Facebook. Arguably the most poignant is a woman who has left her children in India and come to Australia to find a job and pay for her family to join her.

Much of the piece is played straight rather than going for laughs, leaving audiences with a touching and superbly performed experience. It is a rewarding piece of theatre that explores themes of love, loss, family and loneliness.

Oh! And where might you have seen the face? Roz is a long-term collaborator of Shaun Micallef (she has appeared in several of his shows including Mad as Hell), she was in Thank God You’re Here and she starred in three seasons of ABC sitcomThe Librarians as well as the movie, Muriel’s Wedding.

Show your Gym Membership at the Box Office and get $5 off your ticket. Seniors attending the 1pm show get tickets for $10! Only 100 tickets available for each show so get in quick.

Friday 22 May 2015 at 1pm & 6pm
Adult $25, Seniors 1pm show only $10, Students $10, Friends $20, Seniors 6pm $20, Gym Junkie $20.00 (16+ event)
Tickets available
In person, from the Goldfields Arts Centre Box Office (Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm) – By phone on 08 9021 0999 (credit card over the phone)
Online - Buy Tickets Now

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The Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW

Here is just the thing for a fun, memorable Mother’s Day – The Umbilical Brothers: KiDSHoW Not suitable for children is at the Goldfields Arts Centre on May 10. Silliness and laughter is every bit as good as flowers and chocolates, right?

Umbilical BrothersThe Umbilical Brothers are back with a brand new show, and it’s a KIDS SHOW! Yippeeeee!!!

And it contains violence, sexual references, drug taking and frequent coarse language. It is absolutely NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN.

With the best intentions in the world, Dane (David) and Shavid (Shane) come onstage to perform a fun show for the kids with singing, dancing, audience participation, and storytelling. Unfortunately the audience is made up of nothing but adults – and if there’s one thing adults don’t want to see, it’s a kid’s show. 

NOTE: Under 15’s won’t be admitted, but if you’re an adult, bring your inner child along. It’s too late for that to be any more effed up than it already is.

“Deranged and twisted… You owe it to yourself to see this show.” – Edinburgh Evening News

“Absolute Triumph” – Under the Gun

“Utterly Brilliant” – Rip It Up Adelaide

The show starts at 7:00pm and runs for a high-octane 80 minutes with no interval.

If you are travelling to Kalgoorlie for the show, Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort and Spa can look after all your accommodation needs or is perfect for a pre or post show drink, snack or meal.

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One Day of the Year in Kalgoorlie

You can see Alan Seymour’s iconic play The One Day of the Year in Kalgoorlie at the Goldfields Repertory Club until May 9.

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s favourite plays, The One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father–son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day. It is a play to make us question a standard institution – Anzac Day, the sacred cow among Australian annual celebrations.

“It’s Anzac Day this week, that’s my day, that’s the Old Digger’s day.”

Even 100 years on, people ask ‘What’s the meaning of Anzac Day?’ In this play, written in 1958, for war veterans like Alf Cook and his mate, Wacka Dawson, it is the chance to commemorate history, celebrate heroism and conjure national pride. For Alf’s son, Hughie, Anzac Day flies the flag for a different reality, one that brings the dignity of our Diggers to their knees and into the gutter – via one drink too many down the pub.

It’s a play that incites a lot of passion even now but not as much controversy as when it was first released. At the first production a policeman was stationed at the stage door to keep the angry public at bay and the author received death threats. The One Day of the Year looks at our national legend through the eyes of generation, class and character.

Dates: Friday 24th, Saturday 25th, Thursday 30th April and
Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd, Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th May 2015
Time: Doors open at 7.00pm, Show starts at 7.30pm
Tickets: Adult $20, Concession $15, Goldfields Repertory Club Members $15.00
Venue: Goldfields Repertory Club, 7 Brookman Street

Tickets available
In Person, from the Box Office (Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm)
By Phone on 08 9021 0999 (Credit Card over the phone)
Online - Buy Tickets Now

Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort & Spa can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Hozier Live in Australia

Fans will be able to catch Hozier live in Australia in October and November this year. A lot of concert focus has been on old rockers who refuse to admit their age. Last year it was The Rolling Stones, Springsteen, The Eagles and Queen – this year there are tours by Neil Diamond, ACDC, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Spandau Ballet, America and Fleetwood Mac. This has posed the question, what young acts today could have that sort of longevity? In my mind there are a few stand-outs. One is Ed Sheeran (age 24), another is Sam Smith (age 22) and another is Hozier (age 25).

Hozier Live in AustraliaIf you use the yardsticks of musicianship, lyrics and live performance, these three chaps are the real deal. Ed Sheeran wowed arena audiences early in the year, captivating huge audiences with just himself on stage… Having picked up a swag of awards and having huge chart success, Stan Smith is currently touring and Hozier has announced some concert dates and venues for later in the year. They are:

October 28 – Belvoir Amptheatre in Perth

October 30 – Palais Theatre, St Kilda in Melbourne

November 3 – Hordern Pavilion in Sydney

November 6 – Riverstage in Brisbane

For mine, Hozier’s 2014 hit Take Me to Church, is one of the best songs released in many years for the subject matter, lyrics, musical construction and power of the vocals. The song was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2015 Grammy Awards and Hozier performed it live at the awards with Annie Lennox. In case you don’t know much about him, he is an Irish lad, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in County Wicklow, the son of a blues musician.

If you are a fan and are travelling to see Hozier at any of the above shows, Rydges can look after your accommodation needs – there’s Rydges Perth, Rydges South Bank in Brisbane, Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central in Sydney and, in Melbourne, Rydges St Kilda just a walk from the Palais and Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston are also handy.

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May at Qantas Credit Union Arena

The concerts this May at Qantas Credit Union Arena are targeting a range of age and interests with S.H.E., alt-J and Spandau Ballet live on stage.

S.H.ES.H.E. is a multi-talented female group managed by the HIM International Music label. It is famous in Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore. S.H.E consists of three beautiful members: Selina Ren, Hebe Tien, and Ella Chen. They have recorded 13 albums with sales totaling well over 10 million since they debuted. It’s Quiet Now to perform their “Forever Star Tour”It will be their second concert in Sydney since 2010 “S.H.E is the One World Tour”.  The S.H.E. and Aaron ‘Forver Star’ concert is on Sunday, May 3 at 7:30pm.

The UK indie band, alt-J is made up of Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums) decided to do what they do best – make music for each other, and leave all thoughts of the outside world and its expectations behind when they walked into the studio to record and they came out with the album This Is All Yours which debuted at #1 in the Uk and #2 in Australia. They have Asgeir as special guest and Mansiuonair as the opener. The concert is on Saturday, May 9 at 7:50pm

Spandau Ballet was one of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s and they bring their ‘Soul Boys of the Western World Live’ Tour to Sydney for a concert on Friday, May 15 at 8:00pm. All five original band members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman are back together to perform their smash-hit anthems in Australia for the first time since their 2010 Reformation World Tour.

If you would like to combine a night’s accommodation with a concert just a short walk from Qantas Credit Union Arena (previously the Entertainment Centre), Rydges World Square and Rydges Sydney Central can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Coming to the Isaac Theatre Royal

There’s lots of fabulous entertainment coming to the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch.

Phantom of the Opera continues until May 2 and, for four shows only from May 7 to May 9 it is Tiki Taane Mahuta (the combined talents of musician and composer Tiki Taane and choreographer Tanemahuta Gray). Haka meets hip-hop in a multi-sensory whirlwind of visual imagery with a scintillating, emotive soundtrack.

SaluteDr Hook takes to the stage on Sunday, May 10 as part of their Timeless World Tour. On May 13, comedian Ed Byrne brings his Roaring Forties show to town and the following night, May 14, it is another award-winning comic with An Evening with Noel Fielding.

On May 16 and May 17 the Moscow Ballet La Classique present ballet’s most loved fairy tale, Sleeping Beauty and on May 22 it is the 2 Degrees Comedy Convoy. On May 25, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra performs, followed the next night by legendary Irish folk music duo, Foster and Allen.

The month wraps up with the Royal New Zealand Ballet in collaboration with the New Zealand Army Band presenting Salute, a special program to mark the centenary of World War One (May 28 to May 30). Here is a link to the theatre’s website for more ‘what’s on’ info.

For all your accommodation needs Rydges Latimer Christchurch will give you the warmest of welcomes.

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Coming to Horncastle Arena

There are some terrific events/acts coming to Horncastle Arena in May including The Food Show, The Pink Floyd Experience and Six60.

The Food ShowThe Food Show happens over three days from Friday, May 1 to Sunday, May 3 from 10:ooam to 5:00pm. Every year thousands of New Zealanders get the chance to taste and buy from a huge range of the very best food, drink, and kitchen equipment. It’s like a massive delicatessen, an upmarket kitchenware shop, and the supermarket of your dreams all rolled into one.

Entry tickets include access to dozens of free cooking demos from celebrity chefs plus more great show features, and tons of great money-saving show-only specials. The emphasis at the Christchurch Food Show is on local and artisan products, serving up a huge helping of fabulous food, drink, and gadgets to South Island foodies.

Pink Floyd ExperienceThe Pink Floyd Experience Wish You Were Here Tour celebrates 40 years since the release of that ninth studio album and in a close to three hour show fans are also treated to all the Pink Floyd hits from the early 70’s to the 90’s. The concert is on Saturday, May 16 with doors open at 8:00pm.

And on Friday, May 29 (doors open 7:00pm) the high energy lads from Six60 are back after a year away from New Zealand stages with support from a couple of EDM heavyweights, Mt Eden and Raiza Biza.

For all your accommodation needs Rydges Latimer Christchurch will give you the warmest of welcomes.

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Vector Arena Auckland in May

There are some fabulous acts coming to Vector Arena Auckland in May including The Script, America, Motley Crue, Spandau Ballet, Backstreet Boys and Six 60.

TINIE TEMPAH is the support act for Dublin-born, London-based trio, THE SCRIPT (Danny O’Donohue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power), on Tuesday, May 5.

The following night, Wednesday, May 6, AMERICA will perform their greatest hits on this 45th anniversary tour with special guest SHARON CORR.

Motley CrueLegendary rockers MOTLEY CRUE take to the stage for their FINAL Auckland show EVER on Saturday, May 9 with a very special guest rock legend in ALICE COOPER.

SPANDAU BALLET has their Soulboys of the Western Wold Live Tour happening on Sunday, May 10. All original band members; Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman are together to perform their smash-hit anthems.

BACKSTREET BOYS is one of the most successful groups of all time and original member, Kevin Richardson, joins the band for this In A World Like This Tour that happens on Tuesday, May 12.

And, after a year away from New Zealand stages, SIX60 are back with special guests, MT EDEN and RAIZA BIZA on Saturday, May 23.

There are also plenty of big name acts scheduled for later in the year including Five Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, KISS and Neil Diamond.

If you are travelling to Auckland, Rydges Auckland can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Adelaide Entertainment Centre in May

May at the Palais TheatreThere are some fabulous acts coming to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in May including Sam Smith, Ricky Martin, alt-J, Paloma Faith, Nickelback and Motley Crue.

Soulful SAM SMITH has been storming the charts and picking up heaps of awards and he will be performing on Friday, May 1 with support act EMMA LOUISE.

RICKY MARTIN brings his One World Tour to the Centre on Tuesday, May 5. Expect some serious samba, hip-swivelling and charm in a concert that will be rewarding and memorable.

The much-loved UK lads from alt-J return to play one of their biggest shows to date on Wednesday, May 13 with special guest, Icelandic melodic-folk marvel ASGEIR.

Motley CrueThe extremely talented and eccentric UK songstress, PALOMA FAITH, performs on Thursday, May 14 following the release of her third album, A Perfect Contradiction.

Monday, May 18 sees Billboard’s ‘Rock Group of the Decade’, NICKELBACK, perform off the back of their eighth full-length studio album, No Fixed Address.

Legendary rockers MOTLEY CRUE take to the stage for their FINAL Adelaide show EVER on Thursday, May 21 with a very special guest rock legend in ALICE COOPER.

There are also plenty of big name acts scheduled for later in the year including Five Seconds of Summer, Olly Murs, KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Diamond and Taylor Swift.

If you are travelling to Adelaide, Rydges South Park has all your accommodation needs covered.

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