RID­DLE ME THIS

That fun-lov­ing mu­si­cal trivia crowd from RocKwiz are head­ing for the Coast and they’re keen to en­sure their fans get in on the ac­tion

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - NEWS - SALLY COATES RockWiz Live comes to The Arts Cen­tre July 15. Tick­ets avail­able from thearts­cen­tregc.com.au

Get ready to rock out with your flock out, as the RocKwiz troupe stop in at The Arts Cen­tre on their RocKwiz Live tour. Grab your friends – or flock, as the rhyme re­quires – and ex­pe­ri­ence Aus­tralia’s iconic live mu­sic quiz show in the flesh, his­tor­i­cally cocre­ated by co­me­dian and per­former Brian Nankervis.

“In 2003 a dear pro­ducer friend of mine ap­proached me and said, ‘We want to make a pi­lot for a mu­sic quiz show’,” he ex­plains.

“He’d seen me do quizzes as part of my warm up act – I’d warmed up for The Panel, Lano and Wood­ley, Jimeoin – lots of warm ups and I’ve al­ways used quizzes.

“It al­ways went down well, peo­ple loved it and he thought I was on to some­thing.

“So we came up with the struc­ture and for­mat we still use to­day.”

Con­sid­er­ing the show has been run­ning since Jan­uary 2005, it would seem the for­mula is solid, a mix­ture of mu­si­cal guests, live mu­sic, and of course, laugh-out-loud ban­ter ca­joled by Brian and co-host Ju­lia Zemiro.

With­out the recorded show, it’s doubt­ful there would be a live show, but Brian says there are sig­nif­i­cant perks to do­ing it live. “It might even be bet­ter live be­cause there are no cam­eras; we don’t have to watch what we say,” he says.

“You can take risks, ex­per­i­ment, im­pro­vise.

“And when we do the TV show, we do one and then a week later an­other one. But the tour we do three nights in a row. We all get on so we sit around an­a­lyse the show, some­one plays DJ, some­one gets out the acous­tic gui­tar, we drink wine.

“We have a great mo­men­tum and we’re right in the mo­ment.”

RocKwiz fans know au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion is a key part of the show, and get­ting in on the ac­tion at the Gold Coast show is as sim­ple as strolling up and in­tro­duc­ing your­self.

“You turn up at the the­atre cen­tre and you could be on­stage,” Brian says.

“Find me in the foyer and I’ll test you out and if you pass we’ll get you up.

“The show works best when you’ve got peo­ple who are re­ally into their mu­sic, the ques­tions aren’t too hard but they’re not easy. So we like to pick peo­ple who will be a good ad­di­tion to the over­all show and won’t be shy.”

Even if the se­lec­tion was ran­dom, there’s a good chance they’d land on an en­thu­si­as­tic mu­sic lover, be­cause as Brian says, that’s the kind of peo­ple RocKwiz at­tracts.

“It’s a great cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic and es­pe­cially Aus­tralian mu­sic,” he says.

“There’s a sense of joy in the air.”

Ju­lia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis are bring­ing their RocKwiz Live tour to The Arts Cen­tre.

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