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Riddles Plus a Fiddle


Sun 30 Apr 2017, 5:00pm–6:30pm

Where: St Peters Hall, Cnr Beach Rd and Ames St, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.50 ($20.00 + $2.50 fees)
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Listed by: thewordshop

‘Riddles plus a fiddle’ is a music, theatre and literary show in two parts. The main bill is Tell Me My Name, a 50-minute staged presentation of new riddles by poet Bill Manhire, performed as songs that range from meditative ballads to joyful stomp. The audience will be given sealed envelopes containing the answers to the riddles and invited to either read the answers or solve the riddles as the show unfolds.

The songs will be sung by Hannah Griffin, accompanied by violinist Martin Risely, and pianist Norman Meehan, the show’s composer. The songs will be interspersed with readings and parables, charms and ciphers, from Bill Manhire. “Griffin’s voice is clear and true,” wrote reviewer Lorne Knight, “with piano and violin providing perfect support but rarely; taking the focus from the delightfully crafted and typically elusive lines.”

Then the show will open with a recital by Martin Risely, one of New Zealand’s, most eminent musicians. Martin has performed as soloist and concertmaster with leading orchestras in the USA, Canada, and Great Britain, and in chamber groups with Yo-Yo Ma and many other well-known musicians. He will perform three works for solo violin: Preludio and Gavotte in E by J.S. Bach; Variations on ‘Nel Cor Piu Non-Me Sento’ by Paganini; and Burla, composed by Lyell Cresswell for Douglas Lilburn’s 80th birthday.