Laughter, magic, music and drama – AOTNZ line-up for 2020

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 2:17 pm
Press Release: Arts on Tour New Zealand

Both new talent and
much loved repeat performers will be touring the country
with Arts On Tour during 2020. Here’s the
line-up:

March – Brendan Dooley, comedy magician
(two shows)

Mayhem (Children’s show)

Cheeky,
quirking & Classy (Adult/Family Show

As well as touring
Australia and New Zealand in the prestigious ‘World
Festival of Magic’ as the youngest member of the cast,
Brendan Dooley was recently award NZ’s Top Magician Award,
also making him the youngest ever to receive it.

“A
new generation of talent already snapping at the heels of
established acts”

April – Caitlin Smith and
Aro

With performances that are both mesmerising
and magical, Caitlin Smith has been described as having
‘…a voice that imagination created’. Legally blind
since birth, it is said that she could sing before she could
talk.

Aro is an Auckland based R&B jazz-pop duo made up of
husband and wife Charles and Emily, whose songs, inspired by
Aotearoa’s nature and wild life, are sung in both Te Reo
and English. Their performance celebrates community and a
blending of cultures.

Aro mai, Aro atu, aroha. (To face,
to be faced, to love)

May – Austen Found – Jane
Austen’s undiscovered musicals with Penny Ashton, Lori
Dungey and Robbie Ellis

Arts On Tour favourite
Penny Ashton(Olive Copperbottom, Promise and Promiscuity,
Hot Pink bits) is back with her most excellently
accomplished friends. World famous hobbit Lori Dungey (Lord
of the Rings, Xena, Hercules, Master of the Improv Universe)
and Chicago based musical maestro Robbie Ellis (Second City,
RNZ Concert, University of Otago Mozart Fellow, NZSO) will
use your suggestions and spin instant literary magic as they
swamp, swoon and pianoforte.

June – Movers by
James Cain and Red Scare Theatre Company

Aspiring
comedian starts work at a moving company and finds the
perfect material in his salt of the earth
co-workers.

Starring Lloyd Scott from the Toyota Hilux Ads
and National Radio, this brand new Kiwi classic
is….

“…a sophisticated examination of the
intergenerational, racial and class tension that New
Zealanders grapple with in the workplace and beyond.”
– Annabella Gamboni, Regional News

July –
Kitchen Chaos – with Rollicking
Entertainment

From the team that brought you
Seven Deadly Stunts, Messy Magic Adventure, and Mr and Mrs
Alexander, expect more slapstick, magic and mayhem – indeed
chaos – this time in the kitchen. Husband and wife duo,
Lizzie Tollemache and David Ladderman deliver the goods,
with the chance for a Q and A workshop after each
performance.

August – The Daylight Atheist – by
Tom Scott with Michael Hurst

Aging Irish
raconteur Danny Moffat retreats from the harsh light of the
world to his bedroom. There under hoardings of old
newspapers and beer bottles, he sorts through a lifetime of
memories and regret, from growing up in Ireland to the hopes
and disappointments of immigration to New Zealand. Satirical
cartoonist Tom Scott’s fiercely funny and stirring
portrait of his father is brought to charismatic life by
award winning actor, Michael Hurst.

September –
From Scratch

The inventive highly rhythmic
percussion group From Scratch has its own characteristic
Pacific region sound, performed on a unique array of
original DIY invented instruments, including their PVC
slaptubes. Part sculpture, part music, part ritual , the
performances of From Scratch have earned an international
reputation.

October – Hopetoun
Brown

Expect electric pianos, vibraphones and a
van load of horns playing deep down bass lines and jumping
sax licks from these New Zealand Music Hall of Fame
inductees. Once again they’ve teamed up with Finn Scholes,
arguably one of the finest improvisers playing trumpet in
New Zealand.

November – Anthonie Tonnon – Rail
Land

A journey through song and story of New
Zealand’s on again off again love affair with passenger
rail, brought to life with Anthonie Tonnie’s synthesizer
soundcapes and story-telling soliloquies. The show travels
with an exhibition of historic NZ Rail advertising
department posters and schematic maps, blown up to large
scale.

For more information,
contact:

Diana Moir, AOTNZ media liaison, 021 126
573, [email protected]

Steve Thomas, AOTNZ
Trust, 0274 386 154 [email protected] www.aotnz.co.nz Facebook

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.

ends

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