Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis

After touring Europe and the US Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis is appearing at The Darwin Entertainment Centre on September 25, 26 and 27.

Cirque Eloize CirkopolosCombining the worlds of circus, dance and theatre, this new show from Cirque Eloize features 12 acrobats and multidisciplinary artists who rebel against monotony, reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city, Cirkopolis.

The show length is 85 minutes with no interval. Performing within an inventive stage design, and accompanied by an original musical score and video projections, they live in a world where fantasy defies reality — the veil of anonymity and solitude is lifted and replaced by bursts of colour. As Cirkopolis unfolds, the performers defy the encircling gloom and magically overcome routine through audacity, fantasy, music and humour.

The critics have been raving…

The New York Times wrote “There are much bigger shows than Cirkopolis, …but I’d bet there aren’t more beautiful ones”…

The Montreal Gazette wrote “Cirkopolis is a wonder. This was to be expected, given that it is a Cirque Eloize creation”…

The New York Post wrote “Extraordinary. There’s the circus, and then there’s Cirque Éloize. These guys are on a whole other level!”

More information and booking here.

Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort can look after all your accommodation needs.

Here is a video preview:

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Henry V in Gladstone

On Saturday, September 27, you can see the Bell Shakespeare production of Henry V in Gladstone at the Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre.

Damien Ryan’s vision for Henry V is inspired by a true story – in 1941, for 57 consecutive nights during the London Blitz, a group of boys trapped in a bunker rehearsed a new play each week and would then perform it for others in the shelter. This production explores the rite of passage that violence and conflict offer as a threshold to manhood. It confronts the fact that – for all the horrors of war – true courage and brotherhood can inspire remarkable achievements.

In this gripping new version, a talented young cast tell the story of a king who unites his ‘band of brothers’ and a nation with his eloquent words and ideas, his triumphs and humanity. When the battle is won, this production will leave you feeling uplifted and exhilarated with the belief that the impossible is possible.

Reviews:

Incredibly moving… 4.5 STARS HERALD SUN

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is delightfully scrappy and relentlessly energetic… Ryan’s direction of his youthful cast pays off flawlessly. 4 STARS DAILY REVIEW

The result is that this Henry V is much more emotionally resonant than most modern productions. 4 STARS ARTS HUB

Unmissable theatre CANBERRA TIMES

There could be few productions of Henry V scrappier, less heroic or more affecting than this. THE AUSTRALIAN

…a striking and atmospheric ensemble production with an impressive command of Shakespeare’s verse. 3.5 STARS THE AGE

This kind of connection is exactly what we should be doing with Shakespeare. THE CONVERSATION

Bell Shakespeare’s Henry V is a glorious and tangible production, and only further cements their dominance over the Shakespeare scene in Australia. AUSTRALIAN STAGE

If you are visiting Gladstone to see Henry V, Rydges Gladstone can look after all your accommodation needs.

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100 Foot Journey at Gladstone Cinemas

You can catch The 100 Foot Journey at Gladstone Cinemas. The movie is an absolute joy. It’s about food and it could be called a cinematic version of comfort food. You don’t have to analyse or think too hard, just take an enjoyable two hour journey across those 100 feet. To continue the analogy, the film is more like well-cooked lamb shanks with mashed potato than a Heston Blumenthal seaweed and sand concoction. Nothing too clever or tricky and a somewhat predictable plot but that is part of the joy, watching it unfold and enjoying the nuances.

The Hundred Foot JourneyIn a nutshell, Papa Kadam (Om Puri) decides that the family should leave India for other pastures – England looks a little cold so they choose to move to a delightful village in the south of France, buy a derelict building and turn it into an Indian restaurant. His son, Hassan (Manish Dayal), is a fabulous chef.

Across the road, one would guess at about 100 feet away, is a celebrated Michelin-starred French restaurant, owned by the icy Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). She wants this new unwanted irritation shut down – cultures and personalities clash – and without spoiling it, Hassan also has a passion and a talent for French cuisine… you have probably guessed the rest of the director’s recipe anyway…

The movie has a lovely script by Steven Knight, based on Richard C. Morais’ novel… it is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat)… produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake… and the cast is perfect. Not sure who ‘owns’ the movie – both Helen Mirren and Om Puri have great screen charisma but Manish Dayal is a charming scene stealer, as is his love interest, Marguerite, played by Charlotte Le Bon (you might have also guessed that she works in the French restaurant)…

The word of mouth must be travelling nicely because it is rare that a nice little movie like this thumps a blockbuster like The Expendables 3 at the box office as it did last weekend. The rating is PG and it is 122 minutes in duration.

For all your accommodation needs in Gladstone, Rydges Gladstone will look after you.

Here is the official trailer:

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The Illusionists 2.0 at the Civic

You can catch The Illusionists 2.0 at the Civic Theatre in Auckland from Tuesday September 2 to Thursday, September 11.

Illusionists 2.0 Yes, the next generation of magic is coming to town… The Illusionists 2.0 is the stunning sequel to the box-office smashing 2013 season of The Illusionists. The show features seven masters of mental and optical illusion and this brand new production will propel New Zealand audiences into the future of magic and illusion, using cutting-edge visual effects.

A fast-paced, high-energy powerhouse performance, The Illusionists 2.0 gives audiences the chance to witness the magical genius of the world’s greatest stars and their genre, each with a unique skill that has won them countless fans globally.

The Master Magician is Luis De Matos – he’s the king of conjuring and a superhero of stage illusion. Hailing from Portugal, he’s a multi-award-winning performer and host of the BBC’s “The Magicians” – he is a superstar of sorcery and a maestro of mentalism with a flair for the theatrical. A personal favourite is The Unusualist, aka Australian, Raymond Crowe.

Following is a one minute You Tube teaser – looks fabulous! If you are travelling from out of town to see The Illusionists 2.0 at the Civic (corner of Queen and Wellesley Streets), Rydges Auckland can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Sound of Music at the Civic Theatre

You can catch The Sound of Music at the Civic Theatre in Auckland from October 3 to 19. The Sunday Express UK called it a “lavish family treat”… Sky News UK said, “Beg, borrow or steal a ticket”… and the Daily Telegraph UK said, “I left with a spring in my step and a smile on my face. Suddenly the world seemed a brighter place.”

The Sound of Music is the world’s best-loved musical and it comes to Auckland with a dazzling production from the home of West End musical theatre, the famous London Palladium.

This lavish and critically-acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children through her love of music.

Joining the 30-strong cast as the Mother Abbess is international opera star Lesley Garrett, reprising her critically acclaimed role in the original London production.

With its unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage. Many musicals survive on one or two hits but in The Sound of Music it is hit after hit including Maria, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, So Long Farewell and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.  The stage production was in 1959, the movie came out in 1965 and it is still the perfect family treat!

If you are travelling from out of town to see The Sound of Music at the Civic, Rydges Auckland can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Sound of Music at St James Theatre

Lunchbox Productions presents The Sound of Music at St James Theatre from September 12 to 21.

The Sound of Music at St James ThatreIt is the world’s best-loved musical and it comes to Wellington with a dazzling production from the home of West End musical theatre, the famous London Palladium.

This lavish and critically-acclaimed production tells the uplifting true story of Maria, the fun-loving governess who changes the lives of the widowed Captain von Trapp and his seven children through her love of music.

Joining the 30-strong cast as the Mother Abbess is international opera star Lesley Garrett, reprising her critically acclaimed role in the original London production.

With its unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage. Many musicals survive on one or two hits but in The Sound of Music it is hit after hit including Maria, My Favourite Things, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Lonely Goatherd, Sixteen Going on Seventeen, So Long Farewell and of course the glorious title song The Sound of Music.  The stage production was in 1959, the movie came out in 1965 and it is still the perfect family treat!

If you are travelling from out of town to see The Sound of Music at St James Theatre, Rydges Wellington can look after all your accommodation needs.

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The Mikado at the Opera House

You can catch The Mikado at the Opera House in Wellington on Friday September 5 (7:30pm) and Saturday September 6 (2:00pm and 7:30pm) – running time around two and a half hours including the 20 minute interval.

The Mikado, the best-loved comic opera of all time, relishes the many hilarious situations that arise when he (the Emperor of Japan) comes to inspect the workings of local officialdom in the town of Titipu, incidentally searching for his son who has fled the attentions of an ageing lady of his court.

The Mikado declares that he seeks “to make the punishment fit the crime” but behind an urbane exterior is perceived a relish for retributions ranging from social embarrassment to death by “boiling oil… or melted lead”. The officials who have failed to comply with the Mikado’s edicts are faced with particularly gruesome consequences, and their spin-doctoring antics are reminiscent of Yes, Prime Minister, and many politicians. Gilbert’s Japanese setting provides a delightful guise for revealing the familiar foibles of officialdom everywhere. The show is touring fully staged with cast of 36 singers and 24 players to Sullivan’s original orchestration.

The music and lyrics are fabulous and while the action is centred around The Mikado of Japan and his son, Nanki-poo (disguised as a wandering minstrel and in love with Yum-Yum, the scene stealer is traditionally Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. This is a role that has been played by Groucho Marx, Eric Idle, Bill Oddie and Dudley Moore.

If you are travelling from out of town to see The Mikado at The Opera House, Rydges Wellington can look after all your accommodation needs.

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Beervana Festival

Spring has sprung, the yeast has riz, I wonder where the brewing is? The 13th annual Beervana Festival is on this weekend at Wespac Stadium and it promises to be even bigger and better than past years. It is a beer seminar, a beer conference and you could say serious beersiness.

Beervana FestivalEvery August, thousands of fans of cuisine and craft beer make the pilgrimage to sample some of the 200+ craft beers including a couple of local favourites from Wellington brewers Grage Project and ParrotDog.

Nearly 9,500 people attended Beervana last year and the Brewers Guild of New Zealand’s latest figures show there have been at least 15 craft brewery startups over the last 12 months.

“There are just so many interesting things happening in the craft beer industry right now, and Beervana is looking to showcase these each year,” Beervana Director David Cryer says.

There are four sessions to choose from, a day one and a night one for each day of the event (August 22 and 23). It’s fun. It’s educational. It’s a craft beer experience.

The ticket price is $45 and that includes entry, Beervana glass and Beervana guide. Here is a link to the official Beervana website.

Rydges Wellington is handy to Westpac Stadium for all your accommodation needs. Cheers!

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The 100 Foot Journey in Bathurst

You can catch The 100 Foot Journey in Bathurst at Metro Cinemas. The movie is an absolute joy. It’s about food and it could be called a cinematic version of comfort food. You don’t have to analyse or think too hard, just take an enjoyable journey. To continue the analogy, it is more like well-cooked lamb shanks with mashed potato than a Heston Blumenthal seaweed and sand concoction. It is a somewhat predictable story but that is part of the joy, watching it unfold and enjoying the nuances.

The Hundred Foot JourneyIn a nutshell, Papa Kadam (Om Puri) decides that the family should leave India for other pastures – England looks a little cold so they choose to move to a delightful village in the south of France, buy a derelict building and turn it into an Indian restaurant. His son, Hassan (Manish Dayal), is a fabulous chef.

Across the road, one would guess at about 100 feet away, is a celebrated Michelin-starred French restaurant, owned by the icy Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). She wants this unwanted irritation shut down – cultures and personalities clash – and without spoiling it, Hassan also has a passion and a talent for French cuisine… you have probably guessed the rest of the director’s recipe anyway…

The movie has a lovely script by Steven Knight, based on Richard C. Morais’ novel… it is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat)… produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake… and the cast is perfect. Not sure who ‘owns’ the movie – both Helen Mirren and Om Puri have great screen charisma but Manish Dayal is a charming scene stealer, as is his love interest, Marguerite, played by Charlotte Le Bon (you might have also guessed that she works in the French restaurant)…

If you are in the mood for a couple of hours’ enjoyable diversion and entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. The word of mouth must be travelling nicely because it is rare that a nice little movie like this thumps a blockbuster like The Expendables 3 at the box office as it did last weekend. The rating is PG and it is 122 minutes in duration.

For all your accommodation needs in Bathurst, Rydges Mount Panorama will look after you.

Here is the official trailer.

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The 100 Foot Journey in Darwin

You can catch The 100 Foot Journey in Darwin at Event Cinemas. The movie is an absolute joy. It’s about food and it could be called a cinematic version of comfort food. You don’t have to analyse or think too hard, just take an enjoyable journey. To continue the analogy, it is more like well-cooked lamb shanks with mashed potato than a Heston Blumenthal seaweed and sand concoction. It is a somewhat predictable story but that is part of the joy, watching it unfold and enjoying the nuances.

The Hundred Foot JourneyIn a nutshell, Papa Kadam (Om Puri) decides that the family should leave India for other pastures – England looks a little cold so they choose to move to a delightful village in the south of France, buy a derelict building and turn it into an Indian restaurant. His son, Hassan (Manish Dayal), is a fabulous chef.

Across the road, one would guess at about 100 feet away, is a celebrated Michelin-starred French restaurant, owned by the icy Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). She wants this unwanted irritation shut down – cultures and personalities clash – and without spoiling it, Hassan also has a passion and a talent for French cuisine… you have probably guessed the rest of the director’s recipe anyway…

The movie has a lovely script by Steven Knight, based on Richard C. Morais’ novel… it is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (My Life as a Dog, Chocolat)… produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake… and the cast is perfect. Not sure who ‘owns’ the movie – both Helen Mirren and Om Puri have great screen charisma but Manish Dayal is a charming scene stealer, as is his love interest, Marguerite, played by Charlotte Le Bon (you might have also guessed that she works in the French restaurant)…

If you are in the mood for a couple of hours’ enjoyable diversion and entertainment, you won’t be disappointed. The word of mouth must be travelling nicely because it is rare that a nice little movie like this thumps a blockbuster like The Expendables 3 at the box office as it did last weekend. The rating is PG and it is 122 minutes in duration.

For all your accommodation needs in Darwin, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel and Rydges Darwin Airport Resort will look after you.

Here is the official trailer.

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