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Bill Massey's Tourists (Arts On Tour)


Wed 13 Sep 2017, 7:30pm

Where: Ashburton Trust Event Centre, 211a Wills St, Ashburton, Ashburton District

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: ATEC

Written & performed by Jan Bolwell

Bill Massey’s Tourists has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country. Bolwell plays her adolescent self, trying to get her grandfather Arthur to talk about his war. After much pestering, he succumbs. What follows is a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious tale of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago.

Mounted Rifles (one of Bill Massey’s Tourists) who with his mate Cyril, survives the terrible tragedy of Passchendaele. The play is enlivened with dance sequences set to amusing and original WW1 soldiers’ ditties and First World War poems.

Will appeal to Theatre audiences, dance specialists, war veterans, historians and senior high school students.

“A terrific script. A great performance. A tale well told. Knocked me for six.” - Raymond Hawthorne: veteran Auckland theatre director

“This exceptional performer, Jan Bolwell, is blessed with an irrepressible joie-de-vivre that communicates itself instantly to the audience so that her grandfather’s war story is illuminating and memorable, but also surprisingly enjoyable.” - Terry MacTavish Theatreview

There will be no charge for tickets prior to the event. Instead, guests are encouraged to pay what they think the performance was worth to them after the concert has finished.

This is an initiative from ATEC to provide the community the opportunity to experience a live performance in our venue at a price they believe is “value for money”.

All of our Open Hat Nights will have high-quality professional musicians or performers who are currently touring the country under the umbrella of Arts on Tour NZ. Gather some friends, family or neighbours... Try something new, give it a go!