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Easy Cash

Easy Money
(Court Theatre)

Featuring Roy Snow and Luanne Gordon
If you listen closely, you might hear the neighbours whispering through Auckland’s high-end apartment complex, The Cutlass. They’re whispering about the glamorous new Australian couple, Trudi and Stephen, who have moved in down the hall. Rumour has it they’ve moved to New Zealand for a new business opportunity: selling the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Trudi and Stephen are whispering too. They know Sir Robert Kingswood, long-time resident of The Cutlass, is worth millions. Not to mention Catherine who lives upstairs — since her husband died her bank account has been looking very healthy indeed. They’ve noticed poor young Trevor doesn’t have much money, and they’ve also noticed he’s a gullible fool.

With double-crosses, dirty tricks and all the dodgy dealings you can throw at a JAFA, Roger Hall’s rejuvenation of The Alchemist is a laugh-a-minute satire of how fools and their money are soon parted.

Stuff Review

What’s Up Review

Theatreview Review



Court Theatre (2017 Musical)

An explosion of scandal, celebrity and murder runs riot throughout the streets of 1920s Chicago.

A camera flashes and Roxie Hart looks straight into the lens with a hint of a smile playing on her lips.

On the front of the newspaper, and having gained notoriety by shooting her good-for-nothin’ lover, her dreams of superstardom on the stage are one step closer to becoming reality.

Slip through the bars of the Cook County Jail as Roxie joins Velma Kelly and the Six Merry Murderesses. Witness as they spiral down into the seedy underworld along the gritty road to fame, assisted by their manipulative and smooth-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, who will keep them from death row while making them stars.




From the Bike Expo at the Air Force Museum, 43 Harvard Ave Wigram.

Here is my list of companies in Christchurch selling ebikes

Action Bicycle Club
8 Walker St

Colombo/St Asaph St

Bike Barn
245 Moorhouse
6 Chappie Place
199 Marshland Rd

Electric Bike Co
The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd

Evolution Cycles
Tower Junction, 7c Mandeville St

Goat Cycles
93 Barrington St

Hub Cycles
Shop 6, Tower Junction, Whiteleigh Ave

iCycle Electric
85 Clarence St

Push Bikes
501 Papanui Rd


Venus Fur

Venus in Fur
(Court Theatre)

By David Ives
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Featuring Daniel Watterson & Jessie Lawrence

Playwright Thomas Novachek is frustrated. He’s been auditioning women all day long for his stage version of a scandalous erotic novel set in the 1800s. He’s eager to jump on the current trend of all things kinky but every woman who has walked through the door is simply not talented enough. Then Vanda arrives.

This mysterious siren who shares the same name as the lead character not only knows the text by heart but also has an uncanny understanding of who she is attempting to portray. Her masterful audition quickly escalates into a provocative and dangerous game of cat and mouse – but who will end up being eaten?

As this theatrical Pandora’s Box is opened, nothing is as it seems and the lines between acting and reality will be forever blurred.
(Text from Court Theatre)

TheatreView Review

Press Review

Video from the Broadway Production


New PM

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician and the Prime Minister-Elect of New Zealand. She has been  the Leader of the Labour Party since 1 August 2017.

First elected to parliament as a list MP at the 2008 general election and has been the MP for Mount Albert since 8 March 2017.

She is the youngest ever leader of the Labour party, but she isn’t New Zealand’s youngest Prime Minister. That title goes to Edward Stafford who became Premier in 1856 and was about 18 days younger than Ms Ardern.

Hudson & Halls

Actors: Todd Emerson, Chris Parker and Anya Tate-Manning

The oven’s caught fire, David is drinking and Peter has bad news…

Be transported to an ’80s television studio for big laughs, rum-fuelled showdowns and very questionable cooking in this immersive work co-created by theatrical daredevil Kip Chapman (director of That Bloody Woman).

Theatre Review

Nobody Songs

Songs for Nobodies
Court Theatre

By Joanna Murray-Smith
Directed by Ross Gumbley
Musical Direction by Richard Marrett
Featuring Ali Harper

Share in five life-changing encounters between legendary divas and the everyday women whose lives they touched, interspersed with the songs that made Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Billie Holliday and Maria Callas icons of our age.

Structurally, this “play’ has problems. It’s just five disconnected episodes of encounters with great singers. The characters being portrayed are not the singers, but associates, acquaintances and passers-by. Then the actress breaks into song of the singer, not being played but encountered. When you break it down, this doesn’t make any sense.

What does make sense is a vehicle for a very talented actresses and singer. And Ali Harper certainly fills the role. She has been performing in Christchurch for decades and can handle the wide range of accents and styles. From Country and Jazz to Opera.

It’s an outstanding performance, but a play certainly NOT.


For years, Vanya and his niece Sonya have laboured on their family’s country estate in relative harmony. But when Sonya’s father returns from the big city with a glamorous new bride, unfulfilled desires and fierce family loyalties collide to destroy the status quo.

This bittersweet exploration of love, hope and longing is heart-breakingly human, achingly poignant and laced with irony.

Annie Baker’s revitalization of this theatrical classic brings the play into the 21st century while retaining the timelessness of Chekhov’s wit, insight and emotional depth.

Usually the Court Theatre will copy reviews onto it’s web page. This show didn’t have any and the one I found at was only luke warm. I hadn’t heard of this Chekhov play, and it’s not surprising. It was originally set in Russia around 1889 (pre-revolution) but the new production uses music from the 1970’s. So it’s confusing are to when it’s supposed to occur. The story is rather inconsequential and like a soap opera. Family members meet, fallout, resolve and leave.

The most notable thing was some of the actors.  Esther Stephens was in ‘That Bloody Woman’ and plays Ngaire Monroe on Westside.  Sophie Hambleton (who I thought looked familiar) plays Carol O’Driscol on Westside. This TV3 production has a third season and will broadcast sometime this year, so something positive was learned from the night.

Boy + Dog

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Lara Macgregor
Featuring Tim Earl

Fifteen-year old mathematical genius Christopher Boone sees the world differently to everyone else. He knows all the countries of the world and their capital cities, every prime number up to 7,507, he doesn’t tell lies and his favourite colours are not yellow and brown.

When the neighbour’s dog is murdered, Christopher takes the investigation into his own hands and uncovers secrets that lead him far from home and change his life forever.

All the reviews rave about this:

A white stage reveals the inner-workings of a beautiful mind in this flawless piece of modern theatre.

If this was a movie, it would be nominated for an award.

In fact it’s won many….

It won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding New Broadway Play, the 2015 Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

Given my experience with awards, it’s unlikely I would like it. Certainly the performance of Tim Earl is notable, if only for the amount of dialogue he has to remember.


It’s got a very ‘look-at-me, I’m a modern innovative piece of theatre’ tone to it. It certainly has humour and pathos, but I’m a cold hearted bastard and wasn’t taken in by the Boy’s story.  It could have done with more plot and less silly acrobatics.


The 2017 Armageddon event, at Horncastle Arena.

Miltos Yerolemou

This guy I didn’t know. He is in Game of Thrones playing a character I had forgotten from the books. Mildly entertaining fellow with little experience at these type of events.

Chad Coleman

Another unknown, although I had heard of ‘The Wire’  and ‘The Walking Dead’. Currently in The Expanse a series based on the James S. A. Corey novels.

Billy Boyd

Everyone’s favorite Hobbit and the most experienced conference talker, indulging in an  impromptu walking completion with the audience.


Ivana Baquero

Currently filming the second series of The Shannara Chronicles in NZ. Turns out she played the girl in Pan’s Labyrinth.

The least experienced presenter, but with an outgoing personality she spend most of the time talking with the host and swapping geekish stories.