It is a thrill to present, for one night only, Mr. Vent Thomas who toured with Spike Milligan as his Stage Director in 1984/5; one New Zealand and two Australian tours. They were Spike’s ‘Final Farewell Tour’ and ‘Second Final Farewell Tour’.
Vent will be appearing as a very special guest on the opening night of The Goon Show LIVE!’s Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner and show, on Saturday 1st July 2017.
After the show, Vent will take the stage to remember some of his experiences of travelling and working with Spike. Vent says, “There are a ton of stories from those tours. Touring with Spike was of course the land of never a dull moment.”
Some of Vent’s stories include;
- The time that Spike went walkabout before opening night in Canberra; a show that the Prime Minister was attending
- Spike’s intolerance of journalists
- The challenges of finding suitable accommodation for Spike
- Why Spike had to be locked-up in the dressing rooms at the Theatre in Alice Springs
After a live interview, there will be a short Q&A.
To whet your appetite, here’s an ABC recording of Spike in his element when he played the Octagon Theatre at the University of WA in 1984. (Apologies for the quality, but well worth the time)