The Man Who Was Thursday
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Man Who Was Thursday

How an humble poet defeats The Man who Organises all Anarchy.

“A masterclass in theatrical excellence” Echoes from the Wings

Nelson Fringe Winner:

Best Show

Best Solo Performer

Best Director

Poet Gabriel Syme has been recruited into the Philosopher Police to infiltrate the Supreme Anarchist Council, where he gradually reveals their shocking truth. In this comedy, Pete Coates plays twenty characters (and an elephant) as they chase across Europe to defeat the dreaded Sunday - the Man who Organises all Anarchy.

Performed by Pete Coates

Adapted and Directed by Giles Burton

Presented by three bridges

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The Man Who Was Thursday
Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

The Man Who Was Thursday

How an humble poet defeats The Man who Organises all Anarchy.

“A masterclass in theatrical excellence” Echoes from the Wings

Nelson Fringe Winner:

Best Show

Best Solo Performer

Best Director

Poet Gabriel Syme has been recruited into the Philosopher Police to infiltrate the Supreme Anarchist Council, where he gradually reveals their shocking truth. In this comedy, Pete Coates plays twenty characters (and an elephant) as they chase across Europe to defeat the dreaded Sunday - the Man who Organises all Anarchy.

Performed by Pete Coates

Adapted and Directed by Giles Burton

Presented by three bridges

BOOK HERE

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New Play Reading Series: Menage A Deux
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

New Play Reading Series: Menage A Deux

The new play reading series is a free event, sponsored by Creative Communities, to give local playwrights the opportunity to hear their new work read in public. Organized by Duck Bunny Theatre and hosted by Ghost Light Theatre, this series is an integral part of the playwrights process. Come along to hear new work, support writers and give feedback in a discussion afterwards. A completely free event that allows the public to be a part of the writer's process. March sees a new play, Menage A Deux, by Bob Irvine read to the public.

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Men With Coconuts
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Men With Coconuts

Scotland's leading improv troupe make their New Zealand debut in Nelson with an hour of award winning improvised comedy sketches and songs, culminating in a showstopping finale – an entirely improvised musical. These Edinburgh Fringe favourites push their art form to a new level. Unplanned, unscripted, and unbelievable!

Praise for Men With Coconuts:

Winner 'Spirit of the Fringe Award' Prague Fringe 2016.

“Forget everything you thought you knew about improvisation… a must see show. This improv troupe is not just comfortable onstage, it basks there... hilarious” **** Ed Fringe Review.

"If anyone wants to laugh until you cry, go see Men With Coconuts!" Cabaret Nova.

"Absurdly ridiculous and downright hilarious" The Wee Review.

"A real crowd pleaser... plays to standing-room only crowds!" DC Theatre Scene.

'Hilarious... make sure these guys are on your list!' (pftc.cz)

The troupe debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have firmly established themselves as Scotland's leading professional musical improv troupe, winning accolades both at home and abroad. Their performances have been marked out for their energy, easy confidence, self-effacing good humour and quick-fire comedy. They are bringing their flagship, eponymous show to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 2019.

BOOK HERE

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Improvised James Bond
Mar
9
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised James Bond

One of the UK's leading improv troupes, the award-winning Men With Coconuts bring their fully improvised Bond film to Nelson for it's New Zealand premier! Expect villains, gadgets, femme fatales and sobering reflections on masculinity – all improvised live onstage.

Praise for Men With Coconuts:

Winner 'Spirit of the Fringe Award' Prague Fringe 2016.

“Forget everything you thought you knew about improvisation… a must see show. This improv troupe is not just comfortable onstage, it basks there... hilarious” **** Ed Fringe Review.

"If anyone wants to laugh until you cry, go see Men With Coconuts!" Cabaret Nova.

"Absurdly ridiculous and downright hilarious" The Wee Review.

"A real crowd pleaser... plays to standing-room only crowds!" DC Theatre Scene.

'Hilarious... make sure these guys are on your list!' (pftc.cz)

The troupe debuted at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and have firmly established themselves as Scotland's leading professional musical improv troupe, winning accolades both at home and abroad.

Their performances have been marked out for their energy, easy confidence, self-effacing good humour and quick-fire comedy. They are bringing their flagship, eponymous show to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in 2019.

The Men with Coconuts in New Zealand are:

Charles Hindley (internationally acclaimed actor and vocalist), Will Naameh (freestyle rapper and 'Best Newcomer' at Scottish Comedy Awards 2018), Steve Worsley (prolific narrator of audiobooks, renowned singer and actor) and musician Colin Bramwell (poet, pianist, playwright).

Melanie Hindley joins them as Tour Director and Producer.

BOOK HERE

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MC Hammersmith
Mar
9
9:00 PM21:00

MC Hammersmith

MC Hammersmith (aka Will Naameh, the tall skinny posh one from Men With Coconuts) is a multi-award-winning freestyle rap comedian. He is the world's leading freestyle gangsta rapper to ever emerge from the ghetto of middle class white west London. He comes to Nelson to spit furious rhymes, performing a completely improvised hip hop comedy show based entirely on your suggestions.

"The funniest rapper in the world!" Culross Festival

Best Newcomer, Scottish Comedy Awards 2018 (Winner)

2017 UK Improv Smackdown Champion

"Floored the audience" Broadway Baby

"An exceptionally dazzling performance... utterly enthralled" The Skinny

BOOK HERE

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Improvised Director's Cut
Mar
10
8:00 PM20:00

Improvised Director's Cut

Steve and Charlie’s Improvised Director’s Cut. See your favourite movies as you have never seen them before! A fully improvised version of your favourite Hollywood movies, but based on what the title of the film means to Steve and Charlie and NOT the actual version that you know today. Because that seemed like more fun. And also because Charlie doesn’t watch movies.

And we have a pianist too so it will probably be a musical.

Quiet on set now everybody...

And ACTION!

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Power Ballads Karaoke Night
Mar
15
7:00 PM19:00

Power Ballads Karaoke Night

In honor of Bryan Adams' New Zealand tour, and his stop in Nelson, we are hosting our second karaoke night. The theme is power ballads! Our last karaoke night saw a wide variety of singers, complimentary nibbles and the bar was open downstairs for us the entire time. It was a lot of fun and we can't wait to hear what you've got prepared this time! Join us from 7pm at Ghost Light for an unforgettable night of karaoke in a fun and safe environment!

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Sarah Jane
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Jane

'Sarah Jane' is a new story of friendship and family from local playwright Trish Palmer, told through the eyes of a young woman and older man. The two characters recount the events of their relationship from years ago. A heart-warming and thought-provoking piece explored through shadow puppetry and produced by Nelson's newest theatre company.

BOOK HERE

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Sarah Jane
Mar
22
7:00 PM19:00

Sarah Jane

'Sarah Jane' is a new story of friendship and family from local playwright Trish Palmer, told through the eyes of a young woman and older man. The two characters recount the events of their relationship from years ago. A heart-warming and thought-provoking piece explored through shadow puppetry and produced by Nelson's newest theatre company.

BOOK HERE

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Whenua/DP4 Lot173
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Whenua/DP4 Lot173

Kiwi/Possum productions is a West Coast community-based theatre group who have been exploring historical and contemporary issues over the last decade. They have brought plays to the Nelson area including Goodnight Irene, Ted, Poppy and WW11, The Cave Above the Pa, The Judgement of Ben Alder, and recently their play about native logging, Helen and the Ferals. For this play, writer Paul Maunder started with the idea of a play about the land, dairying, water, that sort of thing. But instead of a play with a simple referencing to community and social relations, he comments that it has taken the group into a more complex space aesthetically, as if that is the only way to articulate the issues: land as whenua/placenta (that which nurtures); land as signified by the rates demand: DP74/LOT 173 – surveyors having divided up the land into a commodity to be bought and sold and speculated upon; the family farm turning into investment property; globalisation; technology; agribusiness; environmental issues – soil, water health and climate change; the industrial revolution in Asia and its impact here; tourism; migrant labour; generations; belonging; memory; alienation… DP74, LOT173 is then a meditation on the planet itself, with a range of characters: the nostalgic retired farming couple, their son who wants to sell up, the milker from Gaza, a water bottler, a Chinese investor and a Greenie who has come to live in the area.

BOOK HERE

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Eugene & Elvis
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Eugene & Elvis

Eugene & Elvis is one man’s story which brings together three of the protagonist’s true passions; music, theatre and family. The story aims to take an audience on a journey with Eugene (the actor’s brother) as he describes the way in which the songs of great artists like Elvis can transport us to our most significant memories, many of which are woven into the narrative with real recordings made by Eugene from the thousands of hours of cassette recordings he made. The play is an exploration of the universal challenges of the human condition - our need for love and to leave a legacy for the next generation. It is a true account; genuine, authentic and above all, worth your while!
Who is Charles Hindley?
Charles Hindley has been a professional performer since he was 8 years old, performing on some of the world’s great stages from the Sydney Opera House to Her Majesty’s Theatre in London. In recent years Charles has been based in Edinburgh where he works as a professional drama practitioner. Charles is perhaps best known in Scotland as an improviser with the award winning troupe Men With Coconuts, and best known in Nelson for appearing in Brassed Off at the Theatre Royal and as Captain Scott in Terra Nova at Fairfield House in 2011. He has written and directed plays and musicals internationally since 2003 and is now a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe, having first produced a show here in 2007. Charles’ performances have been described by reviewers as ‘brilliant…intense…simply superb & full of genuine pathos’ (Sunderland Echo, Nelson Mail, All Edinburgh Theatre.com).

This is husband and wife team Hindley Productions’ first play which premiered at Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. Melanie Hindley made her directorial debut to great acclaim.

BOOK HERE

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Nelsablanca
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Nelsablanca


"We'll always have Nelson..."
Round up the usual suspects and get down to Ghost Light Theatre in February! Inspired by the Academy Award-Winning Film, Casablanca, and the glamour of old Hollywood, Nelson's favourite improv troupe is back to kick off 2019 with "NELSABLANCA".
Did you know Nelson was as classy back in the 1940s as Casablanca? Ladies in fur, lounge singers, drama, mad scientists, guys in fedoras and trench coats obviously with guns but trying not to look suspicious, international intrigue and classic Hollywood kissing that just involved people rubbing their faces on each other.
"Kiss me! Kiss me as if it were the last time..."
The story continues each Friday in February at 8 pm! (But don't worry if you miss one, a recap will happen at the start of every show!)

Hot off the heels of their successful improvised soap, WYNASTY, The People's Republic of Improv is back to bring their hilarious take of old classic Hollywood and mash it with... Nelson. Did I mention they're going to make the whole thing up?
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship... If you book a ticket. Or a season pass!

BOOK HERE- for single tickets

BOOK HERE- for season pass

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Nelsablanca
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Nelsablanca


"We'll always have Nelson..."
Round up the usual suspects and get down to Ghost Light Theatre in February! Inspired by the Academy Award-Winning Film, Casablanca, and the glamour of old Hollywood, Nelson's favourite improv troupe is back to kick off 2019 with "NELSABLANCA".
Did you know Nelson was as classy back in the 1940s as Casablanca? Ladies in fur, lounge singers, drama, mad scientists, guys in fedoras and trench coats obviously with guns but trying not to look suspicious, international intrigue and classic Hollywood kissing that just involved people rubbing their faces on each other.
"Kiss me! Kiss me as if it were the last time..."
The story continues each Friday in February at 8 pm! (But don't worry if you miss one, a recap will happen at the start of every show!)

Hot off the heels of their successful improvised soap, WYNASTY, The People's Republic of Improv is back to bring their hilarious take of old classic Hollywood and mash it with... Nelson. Did I mention they're going to make the whole thing up?
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship... If you book a ticket. Or a season pass!

BOOK HERE- for single tickets

BOOK HERE- for season pass

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Nelsablanca
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Nelsablanca


"We'll always have Nelson..."
Round up the usual suspects and get down to Ghost Light Theatre in February! Inspired by the Academy Award-Winning Film, Casablanca, and the glamour of old Hollywood, Nelson's favourite improv troupe is back to kick off 2019 with "NELSABLANCA".
Did you know Nelson was as classy back in the 1940s as Casablanca? Ladies in fur, lounge singers, drama, mad scientists, guys in fedoras and trench coats obviously with guns but trying not to look suspicious, international intrigue and classic Hollywood kissing that just involved people rubbing their faces on each other.
"Kiss me! Kiss me as if it were the last time..."
The story continues each Friday in February at 8 pm! (But don't worry if you miss one, a recap will happen at the start of every show!)

Hot off the heels of their successful improvised soap, WYNASTY, The People's Republic of Improv is back to bring their hilarious take of old classic Hollywood and mash it with... Nelson. Did I mention they're going to make the whole thing up?
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship... If you book a ticket. Or a season pass!

BOOK HERE- for single ticket

BOOK HERE- for season pass

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New Play Reading Series: A Family Arrangement
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

New Play Reading Series: A Family Arrangement

The new play reading series is a free event, sponsored by Creative Communities, to give local playwrights the opportunity to hear their new work read in public. Organized by Duck Bunny Theatre and hosted by Ghost Light Theatre, this series is an integral part of the playwrights process. Come along to hear new work, support writers and give feedback in a discussion afterwards. A completely free event that allows the public to be a part of the writer's process. February sees a new play, A Family Arrangement, by Elizabeth Illes read to the public.

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Nelsablanca
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Nelsablanca


"We'll always have Nelson..."
Round up the usual suspects and get down to Ghost Light Theatre in February! Inspired by the Academy Award-Winning Film, Casablanca, and the glamour of old Hollywood, Nelson's favourite improv troupe is back to kick off 2019 with "NELSABLANCA".
Did you know Nelson was as classy back in the 1940s as Casablanca? Ladies in fur, lounge singers, drama, mad scientists, guys in fedoras and trench coats obviously with guns but trying not to look suspicious, international intrigue and classic Hollywood kissing that just involved people rubbing their faces on each other.
"Kiss me! Kiss me as if it were the last time..."
The story continues each Friday in February at 8 pm! (But don't worry if you miss one, a recap will happen at the start of every show!)

Hot off the heels of their successful improvised soap, WYNASTY, The People's Republic of Improv is back to bring their hilarious take of old classic Hollywood and mash it with... Nelson. Did I mention they're going to make the whole thing up?
I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship... If you book a ticket. Or a season pass!

BOOK HERE- For solo tickets

BOOK HERE- For season pass

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Show Tunes Karaoke Night!
Jan
25
7:00 PM19:00

Show Tunes Karaoke Night!

Warm up your vocals and dust off your Broadway tunes...it's Ghost Light Theatre's first Karaoke Night and the theme is Broadway Show Tunes! We've got tunes from Hamilton, The Greatest Showman, Evita, Wicked and many, many more. Drinks from The Hollow, snacks provided, and an evening with everyone's best rendition of Broadway hits. Trust us, you won't want to miss out! R15 and only $10!

BOOK HERE

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Why I'm Not a TV Magician
Jan
18
8:00 PM20:00

Why I'm Not a TV Magician

After over 7 years of performing to crowds accords the country Comedian Magician Logan Kitney has wowed hundreds of audiences with hilarious magic… BUT still no TV show, Why?? He’s no David Blaine or Dynamo.........he’s better!! Well he’s definitely funnier and cheaper! Kitney’s act is the perfect blend of hilarity and amazement you never knew you even needed! Join Logan at Ghost Light Theatre for his comedy takes on the magic you have seen on your screens for years! With support from irreverent yet delightful comedian Conor Fenelon - Comedian!!

-- "Before you accept Kitney’s act for what it is prepare your head for removal as your mind indeed becomes blown" - What’s Good blog

-- "Logan WOWED us with his magical genius" - Keeping up with NZ

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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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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
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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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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