Theatre and Comedy
A Revealing Thyme
Thursday 2nd August 12.30pm Meteor Theatre
As colonist Mary Best describes the properties of medicinal plants she reveals aspects of her life, weaving in stories of love as sweet as roses, and loss as bitter as an artemisia. As the petals fall from Mary’s story, it appears all is not quite as it seems.
A Revealing Thyme is written and performed by Hamilton writer, actor and researcher, Joanna Bishop. Joanna is based in one Hamilton’s oldest homes where she completed her doctorate on the history of medicinal plant use in colonial New Zealand.
Tickets : $10 / $20
Justine Smith : A Chandelier and a Pint of Beer
Thursday 2nd August 8pm Meteor Theatre
Having been performing since bloody ages ago frankly and having won most of the awards (Billy T, NZ Comedy Guild Best Female(twice), NZ Comedy Guild Best MC (also twice), Justine has basically seen it all. And made it funny.
Her style could be described as ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee’, as she cajoles an audience into her world of kittens, rainbows and barbed wire.
Tickets : $20 / $25.00
Emerging Voices: A work in Progress
Saturday 4th August 2pm Meteor Theatre
Cove Theatre invites you to A Work in Progress showing of ‘Wahine’, which explores the relationships between women within the whanau.
Specifically, the knowledge and experiences interchanged between generations. We are interested in the concept of Mana Wahine within the everyday woman. What does it mean for each of the characters to be a woman during their time. What are their fears, aspirations, conflicts, and joys? How is that shared with children and grandchildren, and how is it perceived?
Please come along and see the bones of our piece, Wāhine, and help to shape the future of the work. Cove Theatre wants to share Māori and Pacifica stories.. Standing on the grounds of inclusion and authentic storytelling, our kaupapa is to create a sense of belonging for all.
This is a free event
The World's Wife
Saturday 4th August 7pm Meteor Theatre
The First Time
Thursday 9th August 8pm Meteor Theatre
The Real Housewives of History Tell All!
Celebrity wives from history dish the dirt on their famous husbands and reveal the truth behind the myths! You know them as heroes of fable and fairy-tale, scientists, artists and gangsters - but find out what really went on behind the fame and in the minds of those who knew them best – their wives!
Behind every famous man is a great woman - and from the long-suffering Mrs Aesop to the sophisticated Mrs Beast, from the adoring Queen Kong to the soulful Anne Hathaway, each one steps out to tell her side of the story..
Original, subversive, feminist, full of imagination and wit, The World’s Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her best. The poems will be bought to life in a staged reading by a range of local women, all bringing their own unique take on these celebrity wives of the past. Come along for a history lesson like no other!
Readers include: Cian Gardiner/ Sarah Nathan/ Charlotte Isaac / Jan Maree/ Leafa Wilson / Maree Mills/ Margaret Evans / Rachel Pope / Maria Eaton/ Hannah and Missy Mooney and other surprise guests!
“Who? Him. The Husband. Hero. Hunk. The Boy Next Door. The Paramour. The Je t'adore. The Marrying kind. The Rake. The Rat…Mr Right.”
Tickets : $15/$20.00
The First Time tells five interconnecting stories of young Kiwi women experiencing the first hurdles of adulthood. It compassionately addresses important issues such as mental health, sexual assault, LGBT relationships, and socio-economic struggle.
The script has been lauded as “socially insightful” (Theatreview) and “exciting, contemporary, and relevant.” (Dave Armstrong). Playwright Brown has crafted five unique young Kiwi women, so believable that “it's tempting to think we are witnessing autobiographical sharing” (Theatreview) but indeed Brown has crafted them all, inspired by the young women around her in her native Wellington.
The First Time puts five significant female voices that are impossible to ignore, front and centre.
Tickets: $15 / $20 / $25
Friday 10th August 8pm Meteor Theatre
HELLO EVERYONE ITS YOUR AUNTY HERE FAMILY BBQ WILL BE AT MINE THIS YEAR. BRING A PLATE BUT I'M ON A DIET SO PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE. BYO BOOZE AND DURRIES NO SCABS THIS YEAR THANK YOU.
WINNER BEST COMEDY AUCKLAND FRINGE 2017
AUNTY is back, and more outrageous than ever.
Fresh off sold-out seasons around NZ in 2017 & 2018, Johanna Cosgrove brings her award- winning solo performance to the Festival for the family reunion you never knew you wanted or needed. This one- woman tornado is an homage to the Aunties we love and love to hate.
We’re not kidding. You really should bring a plate.
Tickets: $15 / $20 / $25