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'Goat & Boat' Classic Silent Movies


Thu 3 Mar 2016, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Whakatane Little Theatre, Rex Morpeth Park, Short St, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Group 6+ adults per person: $15.00
  • Student/Child: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Warner Haldane

Theatre Whakatane invites people to make up a group and get into their 1920’s flapper or gangster gear, and come and enjoy some hilarious silent movies at the Whakatane Little Theatre on Thursday 3rd March at 7.30pm.

The movies in ‘Goat & Boat’ feature two of the world’s best-known silent-movie icons: Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. In the classic tradition they will have live musical accompaniment performed by internationally recognised movie-organist Chris Hainsworth, who is a regular visitor to Whakatane. To help the audience get their breath back between bouts of riotous chase-sequences and non-stop gags, Chris will be joined by Russian clarinettist Andreï Freïdine to entertain with jazz and klezmer interludes.

The four films, which have a total length of about 90 minutes, are:

Buster Keaton’s ‘The Goat’ (1921) in which Buster’s image accidentally appears on a ‘Wanted’ poster for the murderer "Dead Shot Dan" and then gets chased by the police.

In ‘The Boat’ (1921) Buster Keaton builds a boat called ‘Damfino’ and draws his family into the ensuing chaos.

The French film ‘A Trip to the Moon’ by Georges Méliès, (1902) has a group of astronomers being shot out of a cannon to the moon, where they meet the inhabitants.

In Chaplin’s ‘Triple Trouble’ (1918) Charlie is the janitor to an eccentric munitions manufacturer whose secret device people are trying to steal. The result is a blast.

Tickets are available from: Renshaws Showcase Jewellers, The Strand Whakatane.
Proceeds from the show will go to the Theatre Whakatane’s Gateway Theatre Building Fund.