End of season celebration at the Regent
Phantoms and Rocky Horror are scarce as Hen’s Teeth but they’ll all coming together to Topp off a festival that will propel you out of winter and into spring. Three Phantoms, The Rocky Horror
Picture Show, the hilarious Women’s Theatre Festival production of Hen’s
Teeth and the Topp Twins are highlights of a stunning month of entertainment to be staged by Regent on Broadway Promotions in August.
The Regent Alive August Festival, lasting just over three weeks, kicks off on Friday August 4 with The Rocky Horror
Picture Show which is an outrageous dress up, fun night out. This is not passive cinema but a proactive, singalong production where the audience can be even more bizarre than the on-screen characters.
Two days later three outstanding artists who’ve played Phantom of the Opera with accolades throughout Australasia come together to showcase songs from the magic musicals of the last 60 years.
The charismatic trio, together with their perfect Christine – Barbara Graham - will present The 3 Phantoms on Sunday August 6 at 6pm.
They’ll test your testosterone but keep some back for Ken and Ken, the alter egos of The Topp Twins, who’re giving a oneonly performance on Saturday August 12.
Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons, New Zealand’s favourite twin sisters change musical style and gender with ease, delivering original country music, character comedy, burlesque innuendo and some of the finest yodelling you’ll hear anywhere,
Jools and Lynda have just completed the third series of their primetime TV show, Topp Country, and have been honoured by a Topp Twins exhibition at Te Manawa. On August 12 they’ll delight all ages with a memorable up-close and personal evening of mayhem and mirth.
Hen’s Teeth, featuring nine stellar performers from Wellington, is a comedy about the essential things that comprise the fabric of most women’s lives - sex, politics, ageing, cooking, ambition, breastfeeding, men, opera, housework, dieting, childcare, self-defence, love, money, contraception and so much more.
Their only rule is that the audience doesn’t laugh at the expense of men or any other minorities.
Pinky Agnew will be MC (Mother Chook) and the show brims with a who’s who of talent such as Maude Hornby (Dame Kate Harcourt), Cynthia Fortitude (Helen Moulder), Gertie Rallentando (Rose Beauchamp) and Cooking With Condoms (Prue Langbein).
Rocky Horror is not the only movie coming to the Regent screen. The audience has another chance to dress up and glad rag themselves at a singalong version of the ever-popular Grease on Friday August 18. The August line-up also includes Skools
Rock, profiling bands and rock/pop artists from local schools, Our Generation, a Palmerston North Boys’ High fundraiser for World Vision and ends royally with One
Night of Queen, the ultimate tribute to the legendary band, on Thursday August 31.