Warm your minds with Aspiring Conversations

The Festival of Colour is in full swing and we’re loving seeing the buzz and vibrancy.

Everyone who has managed to catch Every Brilliant Thing has raved about this wonderful show and it’s feedback like this which warms our hearts:  “… was absolutely bloody amazed at how good “Every Brilliant Thing” was. Incredible. Very touching. I’ve lived a similar childhood. Thank you for verbalising it so beautifully. The most amazing production I’ve seen. Touching – such a tough topic and with humour is true brilliance. Safe travels. xxxx”

We were very proud to stage the world premiere of Tell Me My Name with poet Bill Manhire, composer and pianist Norman Meehan, violinist Martin Riseley and the sublime voice of Hannah Griffin. This gem of a show, directed by Sara Brodie, had us alternating between sitting back and enjoying the beautiful music, and scratching our heads puzzling out the answers.

From sublime to rousingly raucous – we popped in to visit Drs Hans, Jorg and Dan at The song Dispensary as they were preparing a prescription for ‘Mum’s Stripey Wallet’ (names are changed to protect patient confidentiality). Based on the story behind ABBA’s Dancing Queen the practitioners served delivered laughs aplenty. Pop in to the Armstrong Room at the Lake Wanaka Centre for your prescription. And don’t miss Hans and Jorg in their own show Princessin Hans late tonight at Gin and Raspberry. Described by Zitty magazine in Berlin as “a punch-up between Antony Hegarty and The Sex Pistols”, we know it’s going to be unforgettable!

Rough Magic’s How To Keep An Alien opened its season last night. This really is a special show – a true love story as Sonya recounts falling in love with her partner Kate and proving it to the Irish Government’. There were plenty wiping away a tear by the end.

Tami Neilson plays Songs for Sinners tonight in the Central Lakes Trust Crystal Palace – playing the music of Howlin’ Wolf, Mavis Staples, Blind Willie Johnson, Tom Waits and more.

This afternoon, the popular Aspiring Conversations programme begins. In ‘The end of antibiotics – the end of modern medicine’, scientist Siouxsie Wiles discusses the challenge with antibiotics losing their effectiveness and bacteria becoming more resistant. Tickets to most Aspiring Conversations sessions are still available. Come and be inspired.