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Brag Brag Brag

Not that we’re into blowing our trumpet… well not too hard… but the opening night of The Goon Show LIVE! on Saturday 23rd June is SOLD OUT! There are still good tickets available for the rest of our dinner and show dates, so if you’re hoping to experience the Best British Belly Laugh Down Under, you better get into gear… food, British Comedy, great times – perfect!

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Lots of Theatre, Music and other Entertainment

While you haven’t heard from me for a while, things have been very busy indeed, and now, through my company Entertainment Blue Mountains​, I am presenting a range of theatre, music and other entertainment to you over the next few months. Please share this with anyone who you know is craving live performance events; and of course, come along to one of the following shows…

Kicking off with our first ever music gig, we thrilled to present Steve Grieve and The Mourners​ at the Palais Royale Hotel​ this Thursday 7th June. If you’re a fan of Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughan or the Badloves, this show is absolutely up your street. View more.

Simon Lenthen is Neddie SeagoonFrom 23rd June and into July, our 6th annual The Goon Show LIVE​! dinner and show, also at Katoomba’s Palais Royale, is selling well. In fact, Opening Night is now SOLD OUT… there are good tickets still available for the other dates, but don’t wait too long to grab them. There’s plenty of information on the official website goonshow.com.au. This is the Best British Belly Laugh Down Under.

Sock Buddies doing wheelbarrows, no hands!

With the July school holidays fast approaching, we’re continuing our tradition of shows especially for the little ones aged 2-8. This time we’re presenting The Marvellous Sock Machine​ at the wonderful Pigeon Lane at ONE88​. It’s a story of sock buddies, Spud and Gromit, who are inundated with washing soooo many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do? An interactive show for kids, The Marvellous Sock Machine is a delightful 50-minute show featuring songs, loads of fun and plenty of Silly Sock Sensations! It is an interactive theatrical experience for children aged 2 – 8. Read more..

Stepping out of Katoomba and rolling down the hill to Penrith, we’re again staging The Goon Show LIVE! at a special Fathers’ Day weekend at the Penrith Gaels Cultural and Sporting Association​, presenting another 3 original cult episodes; an evening show on Saturday 1st September, and an afternoon matinée on Fathers’ Day Sunday 2nd.

Chrissie Shaw as 'Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-MondeOctober is going to be very special indeed. We’re lucky enough to be hosting the talented Chrissie Shaw as she revisits her show Bijou – a cabaret of Secrets and Seduction​, accompanied on piano by Alan Hicks. Bijou is a cabaret, yet it is also a play in disguise. It tells the story of a woman whose life is defined by wars. Theatre goers and lovers of cabaret alike will love Bijou, as will aficionados of fine music who will be treated to Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Erik Satie, Jean Lenoir, Friedrich Hollander, Kurt Weill, Emil Jacques-Dalcroze etc. Those familiar with, or indeed studying French language, culture and history, literature, music etc. will particularly enjoy Bijou. Details and bookings.

More theatre and other live performance events are on the way, which will be announced as dates and details are confirmed. In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on events pages on the website here or on Facebook.

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Spike Milligan’s 100th birthday

Spike Milligan, the primary writer of the BBC comedy The Goon Show – in which  he also performed, – was born this day, 16th April, 100 years ago in 1918.

For those of you who have a special love of British comedy, Spike was one of the geniuses who effectively wrote the rule-book for western comedy. Without him, Ponty Python, The Goodies, Are You Being Served, ‘Allo ‘ Allo,  Dad’s Army, Steptoe and Son and so many other classic comedies might have been quite different indeed. John Cleese is on record as saying that Monty Python might never even have existed if it wasn’t for The Goon Show.

Certainly without Spike’s Goons, my show The Goon Show LIVE! – an homage to the originals – would not have happened.

In 1994, spike was awarded a lifetime achievement comedy award… and his acceptance speech was oh so typical of this great man. See the video of that historical moment on the official Goon Show LIVE! web-site.

Thank you Spike.

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June and July 2018 dinner & show tickets on sale

Robin (Spike Miligan) Queree's head on a dinner-plate, with pickled herring2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

To get you in the mood and help with your plans, we are offering special Early-bird tickets for only $99 per person, including booking fees.

Please note that these Early-bird tickets are only available online.

Once these tickets run out, the full-price tickets will be available for $130 per person, with some great group booking offers.

So get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon.

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a Christmas present.. go on, spoil them.

Read about the show here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

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A 70th Murder… umm Birthday

Last Saturday was  a deadly fun night at The George Boutique Hotel in Blackheath.

A Murder Mystery dinner with the Murder Master… just couldn’t get any better.

Visit the MurderMaster website to see more photos!

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Title Theme Composer Wanted

I am looking for a Title Theme Composer for the audio project ‘Laura Falls’ – an episodic detective story in the noir style.

Note; While applications are encouraged from as broad a cross-section of composers as possible, given the nature of this project, preference will be given to blind or low vision applicants.

The story

Laura Falls has been murdered and her sister Wendy is missing.

William Borough is asked to investigate Laura’s unsolved case files to determine if the clients in those cases may be possible suspects in her disappearance.

Each episode is devoted to a case file.

Using flashbacks, we hear the interactions between Laura, Wendy and the client, as well as any relevant details.

Towards the end of the episode William asks why the case was unsolved. And in a final flashback we learn of the status of the case and why Laura abandoned it or why the client terminated the job.

The Project

This is a joint project of Radio 2RPH and Bryan Cutts, who is the director and executive producer.

  • An initial five (5) episodes will be recorded, produced and aired on Radio 2RPH (Sydney)
  • It is intended to air the series in NSW and Nationally.
  • The episodes will be made available digitally as podcasts
  • It is anticipated that this will be an on-going series

>>>Click here to read the full brief<<<

Application submissions

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Please email me ([email protected]) with the subject line Laura Falls Music;

  1. Links to two (2) contrasting examples of your work (please do NOT send files by email, links only)
  2. A short submission discussing your proposed approach to the project
  3. Deadline for submissions is 26th November 2017
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Opportunity for writers

ink bottle and quillBlue Mountains writers, get scribbling and submit before 20th November to Weatherboard Theatre Inc Pty Ltd; a wonderful opportunity.
Here are the details on their Facebook Page;
INITIAL NOTICE FOR GREEN ROOM AND OTHER NETWORKS
WEATHERBOARD THEATRE INC. PTY LTD has received a grant from the SEABORN BROUGHTON & WALFORD FOUNDATION to select and develop some locally written theatre scripts. Selected scripts will have a creative development workshop with the writer and actors as well as a performed reading by local professional actors. Writers will be paid (fee yet to be determined).
Weatherboard Theatre Inc is a group of professional writers and actors from the Blue Mountains who are committed to supporting and creating local paid work for local professional artists. Weatherboard Theatre is currently asking for submissions of new plays* of any length to be submitted for selection to go through a creative development process and culminate in a performed public reading. For full details please send an expression of interest to [email protected] or look on our Facebook page @weatherboard
Scripts to be submitted electronically by November 14th 2017 to [email protected]
*Plays that have not yet had a production
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Another night, another Murder

Last night Peta and her mates got together to indulge in a Murderous evening at The George Boutique Hotel in Blackheath.

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A Bloody 50th Birthday Party

Last Saturday night at the Metropole Hotel, Katoomba, Leanne celebrated stepping over the hill is style, with an American 1920s Gatsby themed Murder Party, hosted by the Murder Master.

It was a Scream!

Everyone went to a lot of trouble with their costumes… and the cake, that was something very special.

Check out the photos…

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He’s Fallen in Sydney Harbour!

Here’s a treat for all those Goon Show fans who have been eager for more of that special brand of British Comedy… a special twilight Sydney Harbour cruise with The Goon Show LIVE!

Join the lads cruising Sydney Harbour on the Rhythm Boat for their special twilight show, featuring three watery original episodes from the BBC series.

Laugh out loud when Little Jim falls in the water, taking The Famous Eccles, Bluebottle, Neddie Seagoon and the rest of the Goons on their nautical (or naughty) adventures.

All your favourite Goon Show characters will be featured including those conniving cads Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty, and our beloved idiotic couple Henry Crun and Minnie Bannister.

The Goon Show LIVE! is the perfect blend of situation comedy, radio theatre and absolute lunacy all rolled into one boat-rocking giggle-fest!

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