While it was devastating for Toitoi to close for lockdown, the team is now thrilled to bring a range of high-quality shows to Hastings audiences in the coming months.
These include regional Dance NZ shows, where local schools bring their best dance to the big stage in two great nights of family entertainment, as well as a fundraiser screening of This Town, which was filmed in Central Hawke’s Bay (see back page for details).
In what is sure to be a truly stellar show for all ages, international opera stars Benson Wilson and Isabella Moore, who are usually based in London, will perform a range of opera favourites, art songs and popular tunes, alongside pianist Catherine Norton on August 6, at 7.30pm. Tickets are from $22.50.
Then, on August 15 and 16, Kiwi comedian Penny Ashton returns to Hawke’s Bay with her one-woman show, Promise & Promiscuity. This musical tribute to Jane Austen sees Ashton’s character Elspeth battle literary snobbery, cousin Horatio’s digestions and her mother’s nerves, armed only with a blushing countenance, excellent ukulele skills and being quite bright, you know… for a girl. Tickets to this hilarious romp are just $35.
And in early September, Toitoi will host international punk cabaret star Amanda Palmer, who ended up spending lockdown in Hawke’s Bay. Often known as one half of The Dresden Dolls, Amanda’s show will be, in part, a tribute to her time here in Heretaunga.
“This place has been incredibly generous to me, and I feel that it’s essential I return the karmic favour. I am so thrilled and grateful to be here in Aotearoa and so homesick and heartsick about my country at the same time; I don’t know if this show is going to feel more like a wedding or a wake, it’ll probably a good combo of both,” Amanda says.
Tickets for her three-hour show start at $50.
For tickets and more information, go to www.toitoivenues.co.nz or follow Toitoi on Facebook and Instagram - @toitoivenues
3 August 2020
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