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Award winners hit the boards at Toitoi

The Look of Love My Hastings July 2021

This July, Toitoi – Hawke’s Bay Arts & Events Centre brings you two shows with extremely talented women at their core. Penny Ashton and Ali Harper are both award-winning in their own right, so their shows are not ones to be missed.

First up is Penny Ashton’s hilarious one-woman show Olive Copperbottom, a Dickensian tale of love, gin and the pox, on July 15. It’s Blackadder meets Oliver, with a saucy feminine twist.

Much like her last show at Toitoi, Promise & Promiscuity, Olive Copperbottom sees the immensely talented Penny play 15 different gin-soaked Victorian characters. Many hijinks (and questionable personal hygiene) ensues!

The Christchurch Press said this show “sparkles with intelligence, wit and verve”. At just $37.50 each, you’d be silly not to come along!

Then on July 31, the charming Ali Harper returns to the Toitoi Opera House stage with an absolute cracker of a show which celebrates Burt Bacharach’s massive career of hits. The Look of Love celebrates all Burt’s muses, from Marlene Dietrich to Dusty Springfield, Dionne Warwick to Aretha Franklin and Cilla Black.

Backstage Review said this show is “a non-stop parade of hits... I would encourage anyone who enjoys good music and good cabaret to buy a ticket!”

Local audiences last saw Ali shining in Yesterday back in April, a show which had audiences of all ages dancing and singing their way home, so if you enjoyed Ali’s immense talent then, make sure you grab your tickets to The Look of Love today. Concessions are $49.50 and adults are $55. Or you can grab five friends and get group pricing of just $47.50 for six or more.

  • For more information about these shows and other events happening at Toitoi this July, head to, or pop into the Box Office on the corner of Hastings and Eastbourne Sts, between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.


28 June 2021

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