Spon­ta­neoUS pulls its last Chrissy cracker

The Tribune (NZ) - - COMMUNITY INFORMATION - Tick­ets for Spon­ta­neous: Com­bus­tion! tomorrow Thurs­day 17 at 8pm are $15 and $10 with book­ings on 354 5740 or thedark­roomnz.com.

It’ll be a night of Com­bus­tion!

Spon­ta­neoUS, Palmy’s own troupe of im­pro­vi­sors re­turns to dis­pense a night of yule­tide joy tomorrow ( Thurs­day) in The Dark Room.

Alan Din­g­ley, Gareth May­hew, Leona Rev­ell and Ja­cob McDon­ald have de­cided to take the silly sea­son head on, by the antlers, with all the tin­sel and the trim­mings and the kissy mistle­toe.

Whether you’re dream­ing of a white, black or beige Christ­mas, this posse of ex­tem­pore per­form­ers will do their best to make yule­tide wishes come true, be­fore re­lin­quish­ing their monthly slot at the Dark Room.

That’s be­cause mem­bers of the troupe are be­com­ing, in Alan’s words ‘‘old and re­spon-

Spon­ta­neoUS

10am. Books, puzzles and games, mu­sic. Jig­saws $1 each while stocks last. In sup­port of Red Cross hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­grammes. Enquiries 356 8152. HAVE A GO MORN­INGS: Feild­ing & Dis­tricts Art Cen­tre, Kim­bolton Rd, Feild­ing, 10am – 12noon. Come and try your hand at some­thing arty. Small cost. Enquiries 323 2323. SANTA CAVE: Her­itage dis­play, Te Manawa, 10am – 5pm un­til Sun­day Jan­uary 3. A Palmy tra­di­tion since 1918. Gold coin en­try. Closed Xmas and New Year’s Day. JUS­TICE of the PEACE: Hokowhitu Vil­lage Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Al­bert St, 10.30am – 12.30pm. EZEE MEALS: Nu­tri­tional frozen din­ners/roast meals, St Matthew’s Angli­can Church 109 Col­lege St, open 11am – 12noon and Tues­days 4 – 5pm. Large meals $8, medium $5, desserts $3.50. Phone or­ders Fri­day or Wed­nes­day for home de­liv­ery dur­ing shop hours 355 2254 (fee $2.50). NEWPARENTS Cof­fee Group: Com­mu­nity Birth Ser­vices, Level 2, West­side Cham­bers, 151 The Square, 11.30am – 1.30pm. Enquiries 354 6455. SE­NIOR CIT­I­ZENS Assn: 309 Main sible’’ with new op­por­tu­ni­ties, chal­lenges and di­rec­tions in their lives, and will be making fewer ap­pear­ances in 2016.

‘‘Next year we won’t be

St, play cards (500), 1pm Thurs­days and Wed­nes­days ($1 en­try, $10 an­nual subs). All wel­come. MANAWATU PE­TANQUE Club: 1pm for 1.30pm start, and Sun­days at 1pm for 1.30pm start, 74 North St. Tu­ition given. Enquiries David 354 2632 or Keith 354 4880. FRIEND­SHIP CEN­TRE: Milson Com­bined Church, 1.20 – 3.30pm, cards, scrab­ble, cha­t­rooms. All se­niors wel­come, af­ter­noon tea pro­vided, trans­port avail­able, $2 do­na­tion. Enquiries Judy or Theresa 355 1204. GAMES AF­TER­NOON: Board games, 500, 1.30pm, St Mark’s Hall, 117 Col­lege Street, Awa­puni. Free. Af­ter­noon tea sup­plied. Enquiries Reita 357 5869. ARTHRI­TIS SUP­PORT: Ex­er­cise group, Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre, Fer­gu­son St, 2pm. Gen­tle ex­er­cise based on Mid­dle East­ern danc­ing, tai chi and qi gong. Ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors. $3, in­cludes af­ter­noon tea. Enquiries Anne 356 2476. OVER 50’S DANCE: For fun and fit­ness – folk, tap, jazz and mu­si­cal com­edy. Thurs­days and Mon­days 2 – 3pm. Enquiries Joyce 358 7463 or Val 021 059 2157. LGBT?: Find group’s in­tim­i­dat­ing? per­form­ing monthly shows – we’ll still be run­ning work­shops and do­ing live per­for­mances – just less fre­quently,’’ Alan ex­plains. ‘‘So, with Spon­ta­neoUS:

Drop into MaLGRA’s clu­b­rooms ev­ery 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thurs­days, 2 – 5pm. Ice­break­ers open ev­ery Thurs­day 7 – 9pm, room 203/2nd floor, Square Edge, Church St. UKES ON THE TER­RACE: St Peter’s Com­mu­nity Hall, Ruahine St. Be­gin­ners 3.40 – 4pm, non­be­gin­ners 4 – 4.45pm. All wel­come, ukule­les avail­able, gold coin koha. Enquiries Bev­er­ley 021 210 8074. NIN­JUTSU CLASSES: Prac­ti­cal self pro­tec­tion suit­able all ages, Thurs­days and Tues­days, Cen­tral Nor­mal School. Kids 6 – 7pm, adults 7 – 9pm. Enquiries 354 0813 for a free les­son. TAEKWONDOMANAWATU: Thurs­days and Mon­days, 6 – 8pm, Unit 5, 15 Bounty Pl, Kelvin Grove. All ages and fam­i­lies wel­come. Enquiries 021 565 973 or taekwondomanawatu@voda­fone.co.nz TE REO MAORI: Lessons for be­gin­ners and ad­vanced, High­bury Whanau Cen­tre 6 – 9pm. Enquiries Tahi 022 431 9354. AL-ANON: To sup­port fam­i­lies or friends con­cerned about some­one’s drink­ing. Meet­ings Thurs­days & Tues­days, 7-8pm, Plun­ket Rooms, Vo­gel St. Enquiries 0508 425 266. Com­bus­tion!, we’re go­ing to go out with a bang.’’

In a Christ­mas themed show, the four­some will pull the cracker and see what jokes, gifts and pa­per hats tum­ble out.

As well as be­ing the troupe’s last reg­u­lar show at The Dark Room since forming as Spon­ta­neoUS in 2013, Thurs­day’s per­for­mance will also be a fundraiser for Haven Bull Breed Res­cue.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is ded­i­cated to car­ing for and re­hom­ing un­wanted and ne­glected bull breed ca­nines, with mem­bers sell­ing raf­fle tick­ets and ask­ing for do­na­tions. MANAWATU SPIN­NERS AND WEAVERS GUILD: 7.15 – 9.30pm and Mon­day morn­ings 9.30 – 12noon, Ran­giora Com­mu­nity Hall, Ran­giora Ave. New­com­ers wel­come. Enquiries Mau­reen 358 0377. MANAWATU FRESH­WA­TER An­gler’s Club night: New­bury Hall, Awa­puni, 7.30pm. New mem­bers wel­come. Enquiries Jim 357 1569, or Don 3551436. HEAL­ING ROOMS: The heal­ing power of prayer. No ap­point­ments, no charge. All Saints on The Square 7.30 – 8.30pm, 12noon – 2pm. BRASS BAND: Re­hearsals Thurs­days and Mon­days 7.30 – 9.30pm, Palmer­ston North Brass, 57 To­tara Rd, Awa­puni. In­quiries David Maas 021 455 327. ALCOHOLICS ANONY­MOUS: St Mark’s Pres­by­te­rian Church Hall, 117 Col­lege St, PN, 8pm. Enquiries 022 038 0220 or 0800 AAWORKS.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

Gareth May­hew and Leona Rev­ell, two mem­bers of city im­prov troupe Spon­ta­neoUS who will be per­form­ing this Thurs­day in The Dark Room.

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