TOURING IN MAY/JUNE
HOPETOUN BROWN and the Genius of Finn Scholes

Horn-heavy duo Hopetoun Brown are joined on stage by arguably the country’s finest trumpet player Finn Scholes. These three multi-instrumentalists travel with a boot-load of exotic instruments.
You may know Hopetoun Brown as the horn section and founding members of local chart-toppers Supergroove.

Bass clarinets, tubas and trombones are swapped for trumpets, saxophones and an assortment of strange keyboard instruments throughout the two stomp-heavy sets. Lead singer Tim Stewart’s large boots will rattle floors throughout the nation as the band work through their repertoire spanning blues, soul, funk, jazz, Americana and stomp.

The set-list will be peppered with tunes from Hopetoun Brown’s latest album Look So Good which features guests turns from Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams and their touring buddy Finn Scholes. If you’re looking for a jazz journey that starts in New Orleans and ends at your back door this could be your night.

“It’s the pervading sense of fun together with a respect for antique jazz, blues, plantation work songs, doo-wop and funk that gives Hopetoun Brown their edge”
Metro magazine

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TOURING IN JULY
SEED

IVF isn’t foolproof and IUDs aren’t failsafe. iPhones come with ovulation apps and being married doesn’t mean you have to breed. Seed follows four women as they try to get pregnant, stay pregnant or become un-pregnant – the dilemmas of modern reproduction.
Today people have access to other people’s eggs, sperm, and a range of expensive avenues to go down when nature isn’t taking its course. And abortions are easy to access because reproduction is all about choice, right?

Written by Elisabeth Easther, Seed is the winner of the 2014 Adam New Zealand Play Award; this production is directed by Kerryn Palmer and stars Hannah Banks, Sophie Hambleton, Emily Regtien, Carrie Green, and Tom Knowles.

Seed is about the horror some woman experience to learn they’re pregnant, even while in loving relationships, and about fancy fertility clinics that prey on people’s primal urge to replicate, in the hope of cementing the bond with their partner in a way a ring, a house or a promise just don’t.

“Moments of side splitting hilarity coupled with heart wrenching poignancy” – Ewen Coleman, Dominion Post

“… sophisticated, witty and very contemporary meditation on the timeless processes of procreation.” – NZ Herald

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