Music

If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about
— Aretha Franklin

Tami Nielson

Wednesday 1st August    7pm    Clarence St Theatre

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The award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter today gives fans a taste of what’s to come on SASSAFRASS!, with the album’s lead single ‘Stay Outta My Business’. 

Taking its name from ‘sassafrass’ - slang for a sassy person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind - the album places a heavier emphasis on soul music while not abandoning her country and rockabilly roots. Neilson conjures up a wonderfully retro style that sounds like it could be a lost gem from the late ’50s or early ’60s; however, beneath the classic veneer are frank, highly relevant lyrics.

Opera Divas

Thursday 2nd August     7.30pm      Clarence St Theatre

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Internationally acclaimed opera diva Pamela Wallace is joined by Sarah Court and Elaine Woganand accompanied by Alex Wiltshire for a night of operatic arias and glamour. 
The all new programme features works by Bellini, Bizet, Massenet, Moore, Mozart, Puccini, Rossini, Saint Saens, Sondheim and Richard Strauss.
Music lovers can look forward to well-known gems -Carmen, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, Marriage of Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Samson and Delilah, Sweeney Todd, Thais, La Sonnambula and La Rondine + more! 

Julia Deans 

Friday 3rd August      7.30pm      Meteor Theatre

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Julia Deans' upcoming nationwide tour  We Light Fire Tour will have a distinctly female feel.

 Celebrating the release of her latest album of the same name, it will take her to Hamilton, Leigh, Gisborne, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Tauranga and Auckland between August 3 to September 1. It is Deans' first headline tour with a full band in more than seven years.

"Throughout my career, I have strived to be recognised as a musician first, but often my being a woman has meant I've been looked upon as some kind of novelty," Deans says.

"To me, gender should not be an issue. I strongly believe we need to foster an environment that not only welcomes women and encourages them to get involved, but which also encourages men to support women and embrace them as equals."


The Lady Killers

  Fri 3rd  August        7.30pm    Clarence St Theatre  

New York,  New York

Thurs 9th August     7.30pm       Clarence St Theatre  
Fri 10th August       7.30pm      Clarence St Theatre

The Chapel Perilous

Mon 6th August     7.30pm       Clarence St Theatre  
Tues 7th August       7.30pm      Clarence St Theatre

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The Lady Killers is a dream team of New Zealand female vocalists. From a whisper to a scream and everything in between, Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynchand Jackie Clarke make beautiful music bursting with harmony. 

A Lady Killers performance is a dazzling vocal tour de force full wonderful pin drop moments, warmly presented by three women who know how to entertain and have a bloody good laugh too

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New Zealand singer and actress Ali Harper (A Doris Day Special, Legendary Divas, Mamma Mia) accompanied by Hamilton’s very own David Sidwell (Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Mamma Mia) are off to New York!

A friendship spanning 23 years, Ali accompanied by David are off to perform Ali’s Cabaret show ‘A Down Under Diva!’at the world famous Don’t Tell Mama which is located on renowned Restaurant Row in the heart of New York’s theatre district.

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In 1971, Sylvia Lawson wrote about Sally Banner – “Wearing her hair like armour Sally storms her way to a place in the Australian imagination….an incandescent heroine.”
Dorothy Hewett’s play is full of lyricism, music, satire and a healthy dose of self-parody.

Dorothy Hewett (1923 – 2002) was a multi-talented writer, renowned in Australia for going against the grain both in her life and in her writing. Her body of work includes, poetry, plays, critical essays, prose and an autobiography. Many of her early plays in particular shocked audiences with their explicit female sexuality and throughout her life she retained a maverick image and an ability to polarise audiences and critics. Often under-appreciated in her lifetime, Hewett lives on through collections of poetry such as Rapunzel in Suburbia and Alice in Wormland and her plays, including The Chapel Perilous, The Man from Mukinupin, Bon-bons and Roses for Dolly and The Tatty Holly Story.

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