The Wisp
Jul
21
6:00 PM18:00

The Wisp

The Wisp is an interactive theatre show. It is a collaboration between improvisors, visual artists, musicians, technicians and you- ooh er! There will be group music-making, characters pulled from a costume pile and everyday items that are woven into the story. No two showings will be the same- each performance depends on your input. The Wisp beckons... are you brave enough to follow it?

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The Wisp
Jul
21
10:00 PM22:00

The Wisp

The Wisp is an interactive theatre show. It is a collaboration between improvisors, visual artists, musicians, technicians and you- ooh er! There will be group music-making, characters pulled from a costume pile and everyday items that are woven into the story. No two showings will be the same- each performance depends on your input. The Wisp beckons... are you brave enough to follow it?

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The Wisp
Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

The Wisp

The Wisp is an interactive theatre show. It is a collaboration between improvisors, visual artists, musicians, technicians and you- ooh er! There will be group music-making, characters pulled from a costume pile and everyday items that are woven into the story. No two showings will be the same- each performance depends on your input. The Wisp beckons... are you brave enough to follow it?

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Disenchanted the Musical
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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Disenchanted the Musical
Jul
27
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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Cupids Inc
Jul
27
9:00 PM21:00

Cupids Inc

The Cupids Incorporation are going through a high turnover of match-makers in this loved up age of online dating and Tinder, and are recruiting in order to fill their busy roster. You, the audience, have a unique opportunity to trial for the role in a totally interactive experience with our willing love-match simulation team. Each small group of audience members will attempt to pair up our improvisors in different scenarios around the Ghost Light Theatre. Your experience will be totally unique to you. This show is quirky, highly interactive, and perfect for a group experience, so book now to avoid missing out on this exclusive opportunity. This show concept was originally created at the 2017 New Zealand Improv Fest with Jim Fishwick and the entire group of Intrepid Bizarre.

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Disenchanted the Musical
Jul
28
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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Disenchanted the Musical
Aug
2
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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Disenchanted the Musical
Aug
3
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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Disenchanted the Musical
Aug
4
7:00 PM19:00

Disenchanted the Musical

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this hilariously subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical cleverly reveals what really happened ‘ever after’! Featuring Tania Burns as Snow White and a host of local talent as they share their gritty stories and bring the stories we know so well to life for a grown-up audience. Produced by Nelson Theatrix.
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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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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!

More about writer-performer, Alexander Sparrow

Alexander is New Zealand’s most prolific character comic, with six shows and counting under his belt. Fred From Featherston is the latest in a long line of critically acclaimed shows, including the award-winning DJ Trump, and award-nominated ENIGMA and The President. Three more new shows are in the works, and he will be on tour for much of 2019 with his theatre company, Sparrow & Boyle Entertainment.

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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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The Wisp
Jul
19
11:00 AM11:00

The Wisp

The Wisp is an interactive theatre show. It is a collaboration between improvisors, visual artists, musicians, technicians and you- ooh er! There will be group music-making, characters pulled from a costume pile and everyday items that are woven into the story. No two showings will be the same- each performance depends on your input. The Wisp beckons... are you brave enough to follow it?

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Cupids Inc
Jul
13
8:00 PM20:00

Cupids Inc

The Cupids Incorporation are going through a high turnover of match-makers in this loved up age of online dating and Tinder, and are recruiting in order to fill their busy roster. Each small group of audience members will attempt to pair up our improvisors in different scenarios around the Ghost Light Theatre. This show is quirky, highly interactive, and perfect for a group experience, so book now to avoid missing out on this exclusive opportunity. This show concept was originally created at the 2017 New Zealand Improv Fest with Jim Fishwick and the entire group of Intrepid Bizarre.

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Big Sexi Shö
Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Big Sexi Shö

Hello! I am a big, sexy comedy show! Ooh, you like it like that, don't you? Right! That's got your attention - now down to business: Nelson - we want to do comedy in you and so the South Island comedy circuit has decided to send it's best and besets your way. So, come along and enjoy an hour of stand-up all the way from Christchurch, Dunedin and Timaru and some of your own, homegrown Nelsonic talent! SEE YOU THERE!

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Bare
Jul
4
7:30 PM19:30

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Bare
Jul
4
6:00 PM18:00

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Bare
Jul
3
7:30 PM19:30

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Bare
Jul
3
6:00 PM18:00

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Bare
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Bare
Jul
2
6:00 PM18:00

Bare

Love, family, friendship, youth and bad movies – Listen to our people speak! “Bare” riffs on body image, films, takeaway food, graffiti and Shakespeare. #punchingaboveourweight” productions gives you a 2018 teen perspective of Toa Fraser’s hilarious, poetic, snapshot of Kiwi Culture 20 years after its debut.

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Cupids Inc
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Cupids Inc

The Cupids Incorporation are going through a high turnover of match-makers in this loved up age of online dating and Tinder, and are recruiting in order to fill their busy roster. You, the audience, have a unique opportunity to trial for the role in a totally interactive experience with our willing love-match simulation team. This show is quirky, highly interactive, and perfect for a group experience, so book now to avoid missing out on this exclusive opportunity.

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Ghost Stories: Actual Ghost Stories Podcast
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Ghost Stories: Actual Ghost Stories Podcast

Ghost Stories is the first in a series of live podcast events featuring stories from the community. For each of the events, we will gather people willing to tell their stories around a theme to an audience as we record for a podcast. Ghost Stories is about telling the stories from the skeletons in our closets. Our first event is true ghost stories- so come prepared for spine tingling scary stories from your friends and neighbors. It'll be a night not to miss!

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Nelson Theatrix Disney Quiz Night
Jun
16
7:30 PM19:30

Nelson Theatrix Disney Quiz Night

Reckon you know your Disney facts inside and out? Well come and put that to the test with this one of a kind quiz night! Nelson Theatrix is fundraising for it's upcoming production of the Disney Princess spoof "Disenchanted" and we want to find Nelson's most avid Disney fan! So grab your mates, grab your tickets, grab your princess tiara and we will see you there! Teams of all sizes welcomed. And costumes are encouraged but entirely optional. Recommended for ages 14+

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Classic Movie Night: His Girl Friday
Jun
15
8:30 PM20:30

Classic Movie Night: His Girl Friday

When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.

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My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

My No Good Stinkin' Loser Comedy Show

Dan Brader in his eleventh year of stand up comedy! His lived and performed in the competitive comedy scenes of Perth and Melbourne and has toured around NZ consistently since 2010. His Father thinks it's all a "loser's game he should have given up on years ago". But like a pokie addict throwing good money after bad Dan comes back and back for more despite the lows and destitution comedy enforces on anyone who tries to blaze their own wild path! One of the most unique comedians in the country Brader isn't for everyone but if you want a wild, wild ride hop aboard the crazy Brader train!!
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People's Republic of Improv: Riding in Cars
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

People's Republic of Improv: Riding in Cars

Ever noticed how some of our most important life moments occur in our cars? The humble car is the scene of the road trip, the break-up, the stake-out, the 'big move.' World problems are solved in our best friends driveway at 2am, illicit moments are stolen with our lovers, hearts are broken, numbers shared, souls bared, wars declared. Steered by your suggestions, in a veritable starting grid of cars, both moving and parked, our team of professional improvisors will turn the ignition on a series of intimate worlds. It may be made up, but the ideas are totally for wheel.

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Monthly Play Reading: The Queen's Gambit
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

Monthly Play Reading: The Queen's Gambit

As a cooperative arrangement with Duck Bunny Theatre and Ghost Light Theatre, this monthly play reading series is a chance for local playwrights to have their work get a public reading. This is an important part of the playwright's journey from idea to stage. This free event is a chance for the community to support the writer and hear an in-progress work. Feedback and a discussion afterwards gives the writer insights into their work. This month we get to hear a reading of Susanne Bolger's play "The Queen's Gambit."

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Sunday Jam
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

Sunday Jam

Come on out to our first once a month meet-up of anyone interested in improv! Come meet others, play games and improvise scenes. No pressure, no audience, no experience necessary. All experience levels welcome.
​​​​​​​(This is not a class, it is just a fun improvised time.) 
$5 entry just for use of the space. Register interest at theatre@ghostlight.nz

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Broadway Unplugged: Millennial Songs
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

Broadway Unplugged: Millennial Songs

Nelson’s only musical theatre open mic night is on again!! This time the theme is millennial songs; so come and hear any song from a show written after the year 2000. Think Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, In the Heights, Love Never Dies, Matilda, Heathers, Catch Me If You Can, Bridges of Madison County, Urinetown, Thoroughly Modern Millie...the list is long and awesome! Local singers bringing a night of Broadway music to the Nelson stage for your entertainment. A night not to be missed.

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People's Republic of Improv: Riding in Cars
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

People's Republic of Improv: Riding in Cars

Ever noticed how some of our most important life moments occur in our cars? The humble car is the scene of the road trip, the break-up, the stake-out, the 'big move.' World problems are solved in our best friends driveway at 2am, illicit moments are stolen with our lovers, hearts are broken, numbers shared, souls bared, wars declared. Steered by your suggestions, in a veritable starting grid of cars, both moving and parked, our team of professional improvisors will turn the ignition on a series of intimate worlds. It may be made up, but the ideas are totally for wheel.

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Home Invasion
May
16
to May 19

Home Invasion

Taylor, an entitled youth breaks into ex SAS soldier Peter Methune's house, but happens to have picked on the wrong man. He is captured by Methune and tied to a chair, and in the morning he’s offered a choice: be dobbed in to the police or come and work for Methune renovating the house for a couple of weeks. Taylor takes the latter option and he and Methune begin working together doing up the house. Despite some rocky moments and a clash of attitudes, an empathy begins to develop between the two as Taylor realises Methune is not abusive like his own father and genuinely does want to help him. Methune too realises Taylor didn't have all the opportunities he had in life and maybe some of his judgements might have been a little ill-informed.

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Fergus Aitken Movement and Mime Workshop
May
13
1:00 PM13:00

Fergus Aitken Movement and Mime Workshop

A three-hour intensive movement and mime workshop for performing artists and people wishing to develop their physical skills and awareness. Students are taken on a journey of play and exploration, developing spontaneity, freedom, playfulness and presence plus mime techniques, via games and improvisation.

- illusionary mime

- movement analysis

- slow motion

- states of tension

- isolations & robotics

The workshop costs $55 each.

For ages 16 plus.

Spaces are limited.

There are two free places available. To apply for these scholarship places please submit a 1 page letter detailing why you feel you should be offered a free place. For more details on scholarship places, please contact info@fergusaitken.co.nz

Recent masterclasses have included Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Wellington, Motueka, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin. Workshop leader Fergus Aitken has three decades experience of performing and teaching. An international award-winning entertainer, he has performed in in over a dozen countries world-wide, including Russia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Austria, Fiji and Australia.

Fergus trained in mime, physical theatre, circus and clown, in the UK and in NZ. His teachers include Robert Bennett, Desmond Jones, John Wright, Simon McBurney, Les Bubb, John Bolton, Deb Pope, Giovanni Fusetti, Thomas Monckton, Fraser Hooper and Ira Seidenstein. www.fergusaitken.co.nz

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Nelson Fringe Festival
Apr
27
to May 6

Nelson Fringe Festival

The Nelson Fringe Festival is the Top of the South’s quirkiest and only fringe festival! The festival runs annual the first week of May and is held at The Refinery ArtSpace AND Ghost Light Theatre. It is a nine day celebration of fringy theatre awesomeness - with workshops taught during the day and performances by night. The Nelson Fringe has a life of its own, and is growing before our very eyes. In 2017, there were 37 original shows (up from 23 in 2016) from international, national and local performers. In addition to that, the community feasted upon 13 varied workshops from industry professionals. Thank you so much to everyone who took part in NFF2017. We love our audience, performers, visual artists, volunteers, sponsors, audience, supporters, adopters, audience (did we mention our incredible audience?). Nelson you ROCK! The Nelson Fringe Festival rocks Nelson and it’s the only place you want to be in May. If you are keen to put in a show or workshop submission for 2018's festival, submissions are open from now until January 1st 2018!
Find out more info here! 

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Dungeons and Dragons and Comedians
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Dungeons and Dragons and Comedians

 

For generations, Dungeons and Dragons has brought joy to nerds in lounges and basements around the world. Now it is time for D&D to emerge from the darkness and bring that joy into the light of a live audience. Join Dungeon Master Brendon Bennetts and a team of daring comedians as they roll dice, slay orcs, and shoot magic missiles for your amusement. It is sure to be a critical hit. "Bloody Funny" -Christchurch Mail

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Calgaro & Co.
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Calgaro & Co.

A new improv show (and more!) with Australian improv know-it-all, Linda Calgaro.
Every show sees Linda creating duo improv with an invited, talented guest; some of the finest improvisers in New Zealand and beyond. An entertaining evening of the unexpected containing comedy, music and who knows what else! 20 April - Special guest the uber talented Clare Kerrison, legend of Wellington improv. Linda Calgaro currently teaches improvised comedy and theatre in Nelson and performers around the world.

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One Man Circus
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

One Man Circus

One Man Circus is the new show from Award Winning Entertainer Steve Wilbury. All the entertainment of the big top squeezed into a one man show. Combining juggling, magic and comedy this show bristles with frenetic energy and laugh out loud moments. Steve Wilbury studied a film degree in London. While there he stumbled into Brixton juggling club and was immediately hooked into the Squat Rave Juggling Scene (it was a thing honest). Steve loved juggling so much he got a job in London's only juggling shop Oddballs. This was his budget circus school. In Edinburgh, performance troupe Te Pooka offered a position as a principal performer and Steve jumped at the chance to make shows however and whenever he could. In New Zealand Steve turned his manipulation and stage skills to magic and loves combining juggling, magic and audience participation in new ways. Steve's work with crystal ball manipulation was awarded at the 2017 New Zealand Magic Convention.

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Classic Movie Night: Charade
Mar
30
8:30 PM20:30

Classic Movie Night: Charade

After Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) falls for the dashing Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) on a skiing holiday in the French Alps, she discovers upon her return to Paris that her husband has been murdered. Soon, she and Peter are giving chase to three of her late husband's World War II cronies, Tex (James Coburn), Scobie (George Kennedy) and Gideon (Ned Glass), who are after a quarter of a million dollars the quartet stole while behind enemy lines. But why does Peter keep changing his name?

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Medea, the Mother
Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Medea, the Mother

"One day the story will change." - Medea Heroine. Wife. Murderer. Mother. Enter the tormented mind of Medea and decide if she is truly a Barbarian or merely just a human. Laura Irish leads the audience on a twisted path of passion, honesty and violence - dissecting literature’s most despised woman while challenging mankind’s love affair with slighting the very people who give us life. 
This is the first work produced by Ghost Light Theatre Ltd. Adapted and Performed by Laura Irish.
Directed by Vanessa Wells. 

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