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Thu 12 May 2011, 7:30pm–9:15pm

Where: St Mary’s Anglican Church, Church Street, Timaru, South Canterbury

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Senior: $20.00
  • Under 25s: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: HelenJane

With Helen Moulder as Cynthia Fortitude and Rose Beauchamp as Gertrude Rallentando. Their 2011 South Island Tour raking in Blenheim, Darfield, Dunedin, Invercargill, Timaru, Rangiora & Nelson

"A comic delight... they reduced me to tears of laughter" - Laurie Atkinson, Evening Post

Directed by Michael Wilson.

A heartwarming and wickedly funny look at a fading opera diva and her longsuffering accompanist.

This double-act, written by Helen Moulder in collaboration with Rose Beauchamp and Michael Wilson, who also directed the piece, defies description. The celebrated opera singer and musical snob, Cynthia Fortitude, with her expressively silent and long suffering companion/accompanist, Gertrude Rallentando, devote their lives, so Cynthia says, to "taking our concerts of serious music to all corners of the globe… mainly third world countries." After tumbling their way through snippets of arias, anthems to virgins and other vocal meanderings, they premiere their triumphant first and unfinished opera - "Stan" - with all its gods, goddesses, atomic particles, cloned sheep and Pinus Radiata forests. This is Monty Python, Edna Everidge, Hinge & Bracket and Victor Borge - all rolled into one.

"This is a night out to cherish.” - Evening Standard, Palmerston North
“Whether she is 'winging it’ through a Rossini aria because she can't remember the words or being knocked out by a high 'C'...Miss Cynthia Fortitude is a riot” - Evening Post, Wellington
"Gertrude Rallentando plays with magnificent eloquence... Though never saying a word, she conveys a vast world of frustration, deference and resentment through the microscopic inflections of her steely gaze." - San Francisco Chronicle
"You'll have to see it! Having spent an evening almost weeping with laughter, we don't care where they came from, or what they did before they came. That they came is sufficient!" - Metropolis, Christchurch
“One of our most requested recordings.” - Radio New Zealand