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No Holds Bard – Arts On Tour NZ – Open Hat Night

When:

Sat 18 Aug 2018, 7:30pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: ATEC

Driven to the brink by the infidelity of his wife and a lack of acting opportunities, an aging thespian confronts his demons in what he hopes will be a final “dark night of the soul”. The problem is, his demons are as crazy as he is. A glorious tour de force in which four of Shakespeare’s greatest creations (a foul-mouthed Macbeth, a confused Hamlet, a know-it-all Othello, and a really hungry King Lear) come kicking and screaming into the bursting, deranged brain of a single man. An outrageous and, at times, profound view into one actor’s attempt at self-destruction.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Michael Hurst has become one of New Zealand’s leading actors and directors. In the 1990s he came to international prominence as Iolaus in the US television series “Hercules – The Legendary Journeys”. Renowned for his work with Shakespeare, Michael received an ONZM in 2005 and is a New Zealand Arts Laureate.

Includes 30-minute Q&A with Michael Hurst after the performance.

Open Hat Night

There is no need to purchase tickets prior to the event. Instead, guests are encouraged to come along to the concert and 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”.

We understand the cost of some performances requires the audience to take a huge leap of faith when deciding whether to attend or not, and that what you are going to see is worth your precious time and money. This is our way of allowing you to make a fair decision on what you believe the performance is worth and at the same time reassure you that our programmed events are well worth it.

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!