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Bit of a laugh . . . Comedians Michele A'Court and Jeremy Elwood come south next month for the first edition of the 2019 Arts on Tour programme. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

Comedy features first on the agenda for the 2019 Arts on Tour programme.

Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood will bring their “On The Road” show to Geraldine and Twizel early next month, the first act to grace stages across the country with support from Arts on Tour.

The comedic pair will perform at Geraldine’s Community Hall on February 5, which will be a fundraiser for Geraldine Kindergarten, along with a show at 65 and Dine in Twizel on February 6.

A’Court and Elwood have been performing comedy around the country and the globe for more than 20 years, including regular stints on RNZ’s The Panel and 7 Days.

They have also appeared at festivals worldwide, from Adelaide to Edinburgh, and are regulars at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.

Moana Maniapoto

While locations and dates for other Arts on Tour shows have not been announced yet, other items on the programme include Lisa Bricknell’s play Mockingbird, dementia-focused production The Keys are in the Margarine, Martine Baanvinger’s Solitude, and performances by Moana and the Moahunters’ frontwoman Moana Maniapoto, the Carnivorous Plant Society and Bulgarian-inspired music from Tui Mamaki.

Mockingbird is an original play about family secrets, mental health, four generations of women and the unequivocal love they have for their children.

Solo comedy “The South Afreakins”, performed by Robyn Paterson, explores displacement, immigration and finding that home cannot only exist within places, but within people.

The Kugels

Former members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra – Robin Perks, Debbie Rawson and Jacqueline Nordon – will bring their band The Kugels around the country in September and the New Zealand Guitar Quartet will perform in June.

Tickets to Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood’s Geraldine show can be bought from Eventfinda, while Twizel tickets can be bought from the Twizel Info Centre and Top Hut. Both shows begin at 7.30pm.