Wynasty
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

Wynasty

It's 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting. Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry. There was intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze. It was "Wynasty" (not to be confused with the hit show "Dynasty" which is obviously entirely and completely different). Featuring a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others' downfall, Wynasty depicts the fortunes and calamities of the mysterious Neudorf family. Each one of them has only one thing on their mind - power ... and wine ... and seduction. At Ghost Light Theatre, every Friday in November, tune in for emotionally-charged, grapey-angst at its overly-dramatic best. Follow along the entirely improvised, hilariously serialised, live action soap opera that depicts a moment in time, when wine was king and revenge was aged in oak barrels before bottling. Enjoy ... at room temperature.  

The story continues each Friday and spans 4 weeks in November starting on the 9th, with a cheeky fifth episode, The Wynasty Christmas Special on 14 December. With special guest performers each week and a Series Pass for 4 shows for $30, Netflix ain't got nothing on us.

Image by Ishna Jacobs Photography

BOOK HERE

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Santa's Workshop
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

Santa's Workshop

It's nearly Christmas and everyone has been hard at work in the workshop. But what happens when Santa takes a much-needed break? Come along to this fun-filled family variety show for all ages to find out. Featuring local performers, musicians, dancers, circus acts and MC'd by Jasmine Turner, this is THE event to get your family to for the Christmas season. Dress in your Christmas best for spot prizes and who knows, maybe Santa will make an appearance too! Thanks to funding from Nelson Creative Communities BOOK HERE

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Wynasty
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Wynasty

It's 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting. Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry. There was intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze. It was "Wynasty" (not to be confused with the hit show "Dynasty" which is obviously entirely and completely different). Featuring a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others' downfall, Wynasty depicts the fortunes and calamities of the mysterious Neudorf family. Each one of them has only one thing on their mind - power ... and wine ... and seduction. At Ghost Light Theatre, every Friday in November, tune in for emotionally-charged, grapey-angst at its overly-dramatic best. Follow along the entirely improvised, hilariously serialised, live action soap opera that depicts a moment in time, when wine was king and revenge was aged in oak barrels before bottling. Enjoy ... at room temperature.  

The story continues each Friday and spans 4 weeks in November starting on the 9th, with a cheeky fifth episode, The Wynasty Christmas Special on 14 December. With special guest performers each week and a Series Pass for 4 shows for $30, Netflix ain't got nothing on us.

Image by Ishna Jacobs Photography

BOOK HERE

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DJ Trump
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

DJ Trump

Donald Trump has had a hard life: he's never fitted in, his dad hates him, and he's in a minority group (the top 1%). After taking control of America, he digs deep and realises it's time to take control of his own life. In his 72nd year, he will finally ignore his parent's expectations and pursue his childhood dream of becoming a hip-hop recording artist.  Set half at a rally, half at a therapy session, this shows the private Trump to the world.

"captivating showmanship" - Theatreview 
"It’s dumbfounding how hilarious he is" - Regional News
"It really doesn’t get better than this" - Art Murmurs  

Winner, Best Solo Show: 2017 Wellington Comedy Awards
Winner, Outstanding Achievement: 2017 Wellington Comedy Awards
From the Southern Hemisphere's #1 Trump impersonator BOOK HERE

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Becoming Trump
Dec
1
8:30 PM20:30

Becoming Trump

"impressive energy, humour, invention . . . an astounding feat of memory" - Theatreview

As seen in The Wall Street Journal (US).
As seen on ONE News, TVNZ's Breakfast, TV3's The Project, TV3's Story, and PRIME TV's Back Benches.

One man, two acts, 40 characters. 

Alexander Sparrow started playing the US President before Trump won the election – and hasn’t stopped since. Trump is battling against the world, his staff, and his wife. When the stress kills him, Trump’s soul decides he has some unfinished business to attend to. And who better to possess than the Southern Hemisphere’s #1 Trump impersonator? This comedy-horror is Alexander's most ambitious Trump show yet, featuring appearances from Putin, Dr Phil, Oprah, and many, many more. 

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Santa's Workshop
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Santa's Workshop

It's nearly Christmas and everyone has been hard at work in the workshop. But what happens when Santa takes a much-needed break? Come along to this fun-filled family variety show for all ages to find out. Featuring local performers, musicians, dancers, circus acts and MC'd by Jasmine Turner, this is THE event to get your family to for the Christmas season. Dress in your Christmas best for spot prizes and who knows, maybe Santa will make an appearance too! Thanks to funding from Nelson Creative Communities BOOK HERE

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Naughty Variety Show
Dec
7
9:00 PM21:00

Naughty Variety Show

For adults only...secure your seat to the premiere Christmas variety show featuring local performers from burlesque, circus, comedy, drumming, music and dance. Plan your evening out for dinner and then come to the show unlike anything else on offer! What happens on a night when Santa leaves the workshop unattended? The toys and elves get up to mischief of course. But shhhh, what happens in the workshop stays there. We'll never tell...

Funded by Nelson Creative Communities

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Wynasty Christmas Special
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Wynasty Christmas Special

Lift your spirits with the star-studded finale of the Wynasty saga. Who is on the naughty list this year? Will all be merry and bright in the Neudorf Estate or will it all go sideways? One thing is certain, holiday hijinks are about to ensue.

About Wynasty: It's 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting. Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry. There was intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze. It was "Wynasty" (not to be confused with the hit show "Dynasty" which is obviously entirely and completely different).

Featuring a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others' downfall, Wynasty depicts the fortunes and calamities of the mysterious Neudorf family. Each one of them has only one thing on their mind - power ... and wine ... and seduction.

BOOK HERE

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The Thinking Person's Idiot
Nov
16
9:00 PM21:00

The Thinking Person's Idiot

Last year Rusty brought you his smash-hit show "I Learnt Something Once", going on to take it nationwide and over the Tasman to widespread critical acclaim and audience delight. Fresh from a sold out show in the Nelson Fringe Festival, and a critically acclaimed run during Dunedin Fringe, Rusty brings his latest show, "The Thinking Person's Idiot", on tour around the country.
"Justin White is a hidden gem of a comic who deserves to be better known. If you see his name on a poster somewhere do yourself a favour and buy a ticket." - Nzcomedyreviews Akl
"His dry, deadpan delivery complements perfectly the outrageous content of his stories for a combination that will make you ache with
laughter" - TheatreView Dndn
"Can only be described as hilarious" - ArtMurmurs Wgtn
"A fearless mix of form and content, constructed with intention and intelligence" - EchoesFromTheWings Nlsn

BOOK HERE

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Wynasty
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

Wynasty

It's 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting. Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry. There was intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze. It was "Wynasty" (not to be confused with the hit show "Dynasty" which is obviously entirely and completely different). Featuring a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others' downfall, Wynasty depicts the fortunes and calamities of the mysterious Neudorf family. Each one of them has only one thing on their mind - power ... and wine ... and seduction. At Ghost Light Theatre, every Friday in November, tune in for emotionally-charged, grapey-angst at its overly-dramatic best. Follow along the entirely improvised, hilariously serialised, live action soap opera that depicts a moment in time, when wine was king and revenge was aged in oak barrels before bottling. Enjoy ... at room temperature.  

The story continues each Friday and spans 4 weeks in November starting on the 9th, with a cheeky fifth episode, The Wynasty Christmas Special on 14 December. With special guest performers each week and a Series Pass for 4 shows for $30, Netflix ain't got nothing on us.

Image by Ishna Jacobs Photography

BOOK HERE

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Wynasty
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Wynasty

It's 1981 in the back blocks of Nelson and a family feud is fermenting. Before the region was known for its sharp sauvignons and poignant pinots, it was the site of a dramatic war over the future of a burgeoning industry. There was intrigue, romance, betrayal and booze. It was "Wynasty" (not to be confused with the hit show "Dynasty" which is obviously entirely and completely different). Featuring a star-studded cast of characters, all bent on each others' downfall, Wynasty depicts the fortunes and calamities of the mysterious Neudorf family. Each one of them has only one thing on their mind - power ... and wine ... and seduction. At Ghost Light Theatre, every Friday in November, tune in for emotionally-charged, grapey-angst at its overly-dramatic best. Follow along the entirely improvised, hilariously serialised, live action soap opera that depicts a moment in time, when wine was king and revenge was aged in oak barrels before bottling. Enjoy ... at room temperature.  

The story continues each Friday and spans 4 weeks in November starting on the 9th, with a cheeky fifth episode, The Wynasty Christmas Special on 14 December. With special guest performers each week and a Series Pass for 4 shows for $30, Netflix ain't got nothing on us.

Image by Ishna Jacobs Photography

BOOK HERE

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Drag Up Your Life
Nov
3
8:30 PM20:30

Drag Up Your Life

Are you ready to drag up your life?! Drag Queen Kelly Fornia is bringing you a fabulous lip sync eleganza extravaganza as she brings down some of Wellington’s finest drag queens to Nelson to show you how the Capital queens move and groove, including bringing back a Nelson home girl! Local drag talent has been growing ever since the popularity of iconic American television show RuPaul’s Drag Race starting booming and now we’re here to show you that us kitty girls can werk, twirl and slay as much as they can! Check out Drag Queens Kelly Fornia, Indy Pendant, Lynn D’Hour, Yonic K & Nelson’s own Eva Goodcoq as they give you the experience of a lifetime! BOOK NOW

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Drag Up Your Life
Nov
2
8:30 PM20:30

Drag Up Your Life

Are you ready to drag up your life?! Drag Queen Kelly Fornia is bringing you a fabulous lip sync eleganza extravaganza as she brings down some of Wellington’s finest drag queens to Nelson to show you how the Capital queens move and groove, including bringing back a Nelson home girl! Local drag talent has been growing ever since the popularity of iconic American television show RuPaul’s Drag Race starting booming and now we’re here to show you that us kitty girls can werk, twirl and slay as much as they can! Check out Drag Queens Kelly Fornia, Indy Pendant, Lynn D’Hour, Yonic K & Nelson’s own Eva Goodcoq as they give you the experience of a lifetime! BOOK NOW

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Seven Up
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Seven Up

"Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.”

Inspired by the acclaimed British documentary of the same name, Seven Up follows children from vastly different backgrounds beginning at age seven and then revisits them every seven years. In our new show, performers will begin building their characters with the help of our audience and then mature, seven years at a time, before our eyes. Rich or poor. Loved or neglected. Will they be forever bound by the circumstances of their childhood as they navigate their way through life? A unique and joyous exploration of what makes us who we are. BOOK HERE

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Eco Rockin' Abel Tasman
Oct
6
6:00 PM18:00

Eco Rockin' Abel Tasman

Quite a gathering of life-forms, quite a party. Oh, for The Visiting Speakers! Travellers, Wildlife, Trees, Mountain, Islands, Tides and Shipwrecks...
This family-friendly show brings Golden Bay poet, John 'the Walrus' Crick, to Ghost Light for a very special show filled with magic and humour. All of his characters give voice and song ~ 43 speaking parts at last count! "Like nothing else,” as the saying goes. Of course Split Apple Pirates are back and ready to rock. Ditto The Giant Penguins ~ memorably-named “Pachydyptes Ponderosus” ~ how can these 80kg beauties not make a comeback after 30 million little-old years rock-wrapped? The playfulness flows on in this show, evolving over the years. There's a sweet balance in it now after fine-tuning the history of Abel Tasman National Park and working with the characters he has found. A few Gnarly Ghosts may waltz in THE GHOST LIGHT? Pérrine, Tasman, Durville. Ghost Ships and Huffams. Lonely Jimmy. The Schooner who Sailed Herself. Care to roll along and meet them? BOOK NOW

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Ghost Stories: A Pregnant Pause
Oct
3
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Stories: A Pregnant Pause

Ghost Stories is a community storytelling event featuring local speakers on a topic often not spoken about. It is a live podcast event produced by Ghost Light Theatre and with funding from Creative Communities Nelson. The goal is to create a forum for people to share stories from the skeletons in their closets and for the community to come together to hear the stories of those they know and don't know. Storytellers will be announced via Facebook the week of the event. "A Pregnant Pause: Breaking the silence on fertility issues" will have people sharing their own personal journey or story and how it relates to the theme. BOOK HERE

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Ballista
Sep
30
2:00 PM14:00

Ballista

A street hustler challenges a speakeasy starlet to risk all for a shot at the top, the big top that is! Pablo Puzzlario is a streetwise juggler, grifting his living off the busy boulevards of the big city. Popsi Quixotic is a speakeasy starlet with a sweet gig down at The Clubroom, a smoky underground venue downtown. On this fateful night a chance rainstorm will bring these two together, intertwining their fates and offering a shot at the big time. Here at The Clubroom, a meeting is made, a plan is proposed, and the lives of Pablo & Popsi will never be the same again. But coming from the opposite ends of the showbiz scale, it won’t be an easy road. They will have to overcome their differences and get their act together for the gamble of a lifetime! The 3 Ring Riot is a traveling circus company now based in Nelson. Known for their high level of presentation, multi award winning skills, and unique and authentic concepts, The Riot presents truly entertaining circus shows that have delighted audiences all over New Zealand. BALLISTA premiered at The Nelson Fringe 2018 where it picked up the award for Best Design and was also nominated for Best Ensemble. BOOK NOW

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Ballista
Sep
30
11:00 AM11:00

Ballista

A street hustler challenges a speakeasy starlet to risk all for a shot at the top, the big top that is! Pablo Puzzlario is a streetwise juggler, grifting his living off the busy boulevards of the big city. Popsi Quixotic is a speakeasy starlet with a sweet gig down at The Clubroom, a smoky underground venue downtown. On this fateful night a chance rainstorm will bring these two together, intertwining their fates and offering a shot at the big time. Here at The Clubroom, a meeting is made, a plan is proposed, and the lives of Pablo & Popsi will never be the same again. But coming from the opposite ends of the showbiz scale, it won’t be an easy road. They will have to overcome their differences and get their act together for the gamble of a lifetime! The 3 Ring Riot is a traveling circus company now based in Nelson. Known for their high level of presentation, multi award winning skills, and unique and authentic concepts, The Riot presents truly entertaining circus shows that have delighted audiences all over New Zealand. BALLISTA premiered at The Nelson Fringe 2018 where it picked up the award for Best Design and was also nominated for Best Ensemble. BOOK NOW

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Ballista
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Ballista

NOTE: THE START TIME IS 6pm. Not 7pm.

A street hustler challenges a speakeasy starlet to risk all for a shot at the top, the big top that is! Pablo Puzzlario is a streetwise juggler, grifting his living off the busy boulevards of the big city. Popsi Quixotic is a speakeasy starlet with a sweet gig down at The Clubroom, a smoky underground venue downtown. On this fateful night a chance rainstorm will bring these two together, intertwining their fates and offering a shot at the big time. Here at The Clubroom, a meeting is made, a plan is proposed, and the lives of Pablo & Popsi will never be the same again. But coming from the opposite ends of the showbiz scale, it won’t be an easy road. They will have to overcome their differences and get their act together for the gamble of a lifetime! The 3 Ring Riot is a traveling circus company now based in Nelson. Known for their high level of presentation, multi award winning skills, and unique and authentic concepts, The Riot presents truly entertaining circus shows that have delighted audiences all over New Zealand. BALLISTA premiered at The Nelson Fringe 2018 where it picked up the award for Best Design and was also nominated for Best Ensemble. BOOK NOW

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Ballista
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

Ballista

NOTE: THE START TIME IS 2PM. Not 3pm.

A street hustler challenges a speakeasy starlet to risk all for a shot at the top, the big top that is! Pablo Puzzlario is a streetwise juggler, grifting his living off the busy boulevards of the big city. Popsi Quixotic is a speakeasy starlet with a sweet gig down at The Clubroom, a smoky underground venue downtown. On this fateful night a chance rainstorm will bring these two together, intertwining their fates and offering a shot at the big time. Here at The Clubroom, a meeting is made, a plan is proposed, and the lives of Pablo & Popsi will never be the same again. But coming from the opposite ends of the showbiz scale, it won’t be an easy road. They will have to overcome their differences and get their act together for the gamble of a lifetime! The 3 Ring Riot is a traveling circus company now based in Nelson. Known for their high level of presentation, multi award winning skills, and unique and authentic concepts, The Riot presents truly entertaining circus shows that have delighted audiences all over New Zealand. BALLISTA premiered at The Nelson Fringe 2018 where it picked up the award for Best Design and was also nominated for Best Ensemble. BOOK NOW

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Seven Up
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Seven Up

"Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.”

Inspired by the acclaimed British documentary of the same name, Seven Up follows children from vastly different backgrounds beginning at age seven and then revisits them every seven years. In our new show, performers will begin building their characters with the help of our audience and then mature, seven years at a time, before our eyes. Rich or poor. Loved or neglected. Will they be forever bound by the circumstances of their childhood as they navigate their way through life? A unique and joyous exploration of what makes us who we are. Book here: Seven Up

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Methods to Love
Sep
26
6:30 PM18:30

Methods to Love

Presented by Ryan Clements, ‘Methods to Love’ is a counterpart sequel to ‘Depression, Pain and Chronic Fatigue; a holistic understanding’. ‘Methods to Love’ is ideal for those working in the health industry, people with chronic illness, inner explorers or people whom just love… Love! Ryan Clements, 23, has been involved in the health industry for the last 5 years, entailing a degree in Neuromuscular therapy, diploma in massage, one year of counseling study and certificates in Chinese diagnostic theory and exercise program design. This combined with influences from Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Christianity, produce a uniquely holistic perspective how people function, why we suffer and get sick, and how we heal.

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The Girl Who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Girl Who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World

'The Girl who Climbed a Mountain and Saved the World' is a new play by Nelson-based playwright, Lisa Allan. It has been inspired by the stories about mountains and water that were shared with Lisa in 2017, by members of the community. From these gifts, Lisa has created a 'play for voices.' The story is told by three narrators who come in and out of character. We meet Kira, a young girl who hears the voices of the Earth; Hannah, a dairy farmer from Riuwaka and Tom, a Kiwi who is on his OE in India. The performance is akin to that of a live radio play, with the beautiful addition of live, original music and elements of physical theatre. A pair of green gumboots encounter a giant eel, a traveller gives himself to the Ganges and a young girl gazes up at Mount Taranaki... will the mountain move once more? Uplifting, new, NZ theatre. Tickets from www.eventfinda.co.nz 

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Deep South Caesar and G+Force
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Deep South Caesar and G+Force

Nelson hometowners Aimee Smith and Isaac Thomas are on tour with The Bad Boy of Wellington Improv George Fenn. Together, they are bringing back their acclaimed Fringe shows to the Ghost Light Theatre for two nights only.

Deep South Caesar: Deep South Caesar pokes some light fun at the stereotype of classical kiwi masculinity - and a little bit at 'toxic masculinity' in general. Settle in for a good old yarn, as our questionable hero Greg tells you some tall tales about how hard life is as your average kiwi bloke. After all, Greg’s put in the hard yakka, so why isn’t life working out exactly the way he wants it? Over the course of fifty minutes, join Greg and his hired musician Isaac as they attempt to perform for you a tale of Oedipal proportions. Be enthralled by Greg's rise from humble deep south small town beginnings to becoming the Caesar of his own property empire. Be amazed as he woos the woman of his dreams and becomes a perfect paterfamilias in his prime. Be utterly un-astounded as Greg’s empire comes crumbling down. Don’t you hate dramatic irony and those horrible hamartias?

AND

G+Force :An interactive comedy in which prolific experimental comic George Fenn (NZ Spirit of the Fringe) thinly veils talking about himself by colliding of The Arts and The Sciences.

Irreverent and a little bit sexy, G+Force is a show about the methods we use to view to world around us and how to take a break from the search for meaning. "Fenn made me laugh so much my breath fell out of my face. I’m not even sure that actually makes sense, but it is the best articulation I have." Laura Fergusen, Art Murmurs. "The experience seems to be having a liberating effect on the audience, and people are throwing themselves into G+Force's shenanigans with abandon." Barney Olsen, Theatreview.

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Deep South Caesar and G+Force
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Deep South Caesar and G+Force

Nelson hometowners Aimee Smith and Isaac Thomas are on tour with The Bad Boy of Wellington Improv George Fenn. Together, they are bringing back their acclaimed Fringe shows to the Ghost Light Theatre for two nights only.

Deep South Caesar: Deep South Caesar pokes some light fun at the stereotype of classical kiwi masculinity - and a little bit at 'toxic masculinity' in general. Settle in for a good old yarn, as our questionable hero Greg tells you some tall tales about how hard life is as your average kiwi bloke. After all, Greg’s put in the hard yakka, so why isn’t life working out exactly the way he wants it? Over the course of fifty minutes, join Greg and his hired musician Isaac as they attempt to perform for you a tale of Oedipal proportions. Be enthralled by Greg's rise from humble deep south small town beginnings to becoming the Caesar of his own property empire. Be amazed as he woos the woman of his dreams and becomes a perfect paterfamilias in his prime. Be utterly un-astounded as Greg’s empire comes crumbling down. Don’t you hate dramatic irony and those horrible hamartias?

AND

G+Force :An interactive comedy in which prolific experimental comic George Fenn (NZ Spirit of the Fringe) thinly veils talking about himself by colliding of The Arts and The Sciences.

Irreverent and a little bit sexy, G+Force is a show about the methods we use to view to world around us and how to take a break from the search for meaning. "Fenn made me laugh so much my breath fell out of my face. I’m not even sure that actually makes sense, but it is the best articulation I have." Laura Fergusen, Art Murmurs. "The experience seems to be having a liberating effect on the audience, and people are throwing themselves into G+Force's shenanigans with abandon." Barney Olsen, Theatreview.

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kōtuku and the Moon Child
Sep
15
6:00 PM18:00

kōtuku and the Moon Child

Masks and Puppetry and breath-taking original music by Wellington composer David Sanders - a hero’s journey with a difference and a story told with absolutely no spoken word. Maori believe that seeing just one White Heron/kōtuku in your life will bring you good fortune – but what if your sister got captured by a bad one and it was your fault so you went after her and got captured as well? How could this possibly be seen as ‘good fortune’ – unless of course your adventure turns out better than expected and some really cool stuff happens on the way . . . .Book online at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/k-tuku-and-the-moon-child/nelson

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kōtuku and the Moon Child
Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

kōtuku and the Moon Child

Masks and Puppetry and breath-taking original music by Wellington composer David Sanders - a hero’s journey with a difference and a story told with absolutely no spoken word. Maori believe that seeing just one White Heron/kōtuku in your life will bring you good fortune – but what if your sister got captured by a bad one and it was your fault so you went after her and got captured as well? How could this possibly be seen as ‘good fortune’ – unless of course your adventure turns out better than expected and some really cool stuff happens on the way . . . .Book online at: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2018/k-tuku-and-the-moon-child/nelson

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Seven Up
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Seven Up

"Give me a child until he is seven and I will show you the man.”

Inspired by the acclaimed British documentary of the same name, Seven Up follows children from vastly different backgrounds beginning at age seven and then revisits them every seven years. In our new show, performers will begin building their characters with the help of our audience and then mature, seven years at a time, before our eyes. Rich or poor. Loved or neglected. Will they be forever bound by the circumstances of their childhood as they navigate their way through life? A unique and joyous exploration of what makes us who we are.

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Ghost Stories: Stories from Women
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Stories: Stories from Women

Ghost Stories is a live podcast event sponsored by the Nelson Creative Communities and Ghost Light Theatre. Each event has a theme and in September, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand, we are having a night of women's stories. Come out to hear stories told by locals and be a part of the audience for a live podcast recording.

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Rhian-Vested
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rhian-Vested

Loveable hot mess and award-winning comedian Rhian Wood-Hill takes a lot of gambles. Sometimes he knows what he’s doing! On stage and at the poker table Wood-Hill has charm, wit, and thorough analysis ensuring his success – although his career has not landed him in comedy without some wacky risks. Rhian-vested is Wood-Hill’s brand new hour comedy special about his time as a professional poker player, which debuted at New Zealand International Comedy Festival this year and won BEST COMEDY at Nelson Fringe Festival. The South Island tour follows on from an August run on cruise ships. Wood-Hill’s incredibly popular debut solo show, How I Met My Father, was one of Ghost Light's very first and delved deep into family drama. Rhian-vested now raises the personal stakes even higher than before: A show that strips Rhian and his own decisions bare to show the highs and lows of living off casino cash on the Brisbane coast. Pop a few chips on the table, Rhian is all in and has some tall tales to tell… but he isn’t bluffing.

Performance warning: May contain nudity.

WINNER – Best Comedy (Nelson Fringe Festival, 2018)

WINNER – Most Improved Performer (Wellington Comedy Awards, 2017)

WINNER – plenty of poker games

LOSER – a few more poker games

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Not Another F%&k'n Lullaby
Sep
7
7:30 PM19:30

Not Another F%&k'n Lullaby

Not Another F$%k’n Lullaby is an exploration of motherhood in theatre. Featuring songs about mothers, by mothers and chronicling the ups, downs frustrations and joys of the motherhood experience both on and off stage."not another f%&k’n lullaby" is the brainchild of local vocalist Jessica D’Ath, who will be joined onstage by fellow local mum-performers’ Laura Irish, Melanie Carruthers, Tami Mansfield and local soprano Allison Cormack, all supported by the inimitable Francis Meria on piano. Featuring songs from Wicked, Waitress, Dear Evan Hansen, Carrie, Les Miserables and many, many more.

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New Play Reading
Sep
6
7:30 PM19:30

New Play Reading

The new play reading series features a new play being read out to an audience for the first time. This important part of the playwright's process allows their work to be heard and to get feedback afterwards in a discussion let by Duck Bunny Theatre. This free event is valuable to writers and those interested in the process of writing a play. In September, we read "Bluetooth Baby Doll" by Jace Hobbs.

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The Nelson Pun Battle Championships
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

The Nelson Pun Battle Championships

Get ready to groan! Wits have been sharpened, wea-puns will be wielded, funny bones may well be broken. Will our competitors pun-ble under the pressure?! After sold-out and truly cringe-worthy shows all over NZ, Pun Battle is hitting Nelson again with worse word-play than ever before. Come along this August to see Nelson’s smartest alecks, wordiest nerds and biggest pun-ks, punslingers and pun-dits battle it out in an intense and hilarious head-to-head pun-off. With over $400 (!) cash prize money on the line, you could say that the stakes are pun-ishing. One night only! Book on www.eventfinda.co.nz

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Life Story
Aug
24
8:00 PM20:00

Life Story

A special guest will have their Life story told! [ or at least bits of it!]

Will fiction be stranger than truth? Our lives are made of stories, we all have good stories to tell. But what are these stories like when a bunch of improvisers, with only a skimpy grasp of the actual facts, tell them for us?! Come out and see the People's Republic of Improv tell the life story of a Nelsonian in this brand new format.

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Life Story
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Life Story

A special guest will have their Life story told! [ or at least bits of it!]

Will fiction be stranger than truth? Our lives are made of stories, we all have good stories to tell. But what are these stories like when a bunch of improvisers, with only a skimpy grasp of the actual facts, tell them for us?! Come out and see the People's Republic of Improv tell the life story of a Nelsonian in this brand new format.

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Fred from Featherston
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Fred from Featherston

This is the story of an atypical kiwi bloke. Brought up in small town New Zealand with 18 brothers and sisters (only four of whom survived being cut off his back), life was tough for Fred. He had to work hard to stand out. In his quest to become Featherston’s #1 everything, he’s tried taxidermy, bartending, cheesecake decorating; the stories get weirder the longer you let him run his mouth. As his life starts to unravel, he draws on his incorrigible optimism and self-confidence to get him through. Fred’s been in more than a few “somewhat compromising positions” – this is one old man you don’t want to miss!

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Monthly Play Reading
Aug
16
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Play Reading

Our new play reading series is a free event run in partnership with Duck Bunny Theatre. Each month a local playwright gets their new work read for the first time in public. Local readers/actors step in to help with this reading and the audience gets to participate afterwards in a discussion about the script. You will be providing valuable feedback to the playwright as they take the next step in the playwriting process. August's reading is a new play by Charles Callis called My Father, My Son.

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No Holds Bard
Aug
14
7:30 PM19:30

No Holds Bard

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final ‘dark night of the soul’. The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is. Arts Laureate Michael Hurst takes audiences on a glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare’s greatest creations - a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry Lear – come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and at times profound view into one actor’s attempt at self-destruction. Ticket includes a 30 minutes Q and A with Michael Hurst after the performance. “….a well-crafted, clever, uproariously funny and ultimately moving journey…smart and witty script…belly laughs of sheer delight…there’s so much to enjoy here that it is hard to choose highlights.” - Theatreview

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