by STAFF REPORTER
Woolsheds across the South are being converted into theatres to host riotous nights of comedy, theatre and music in The Woolshed Tour 2020.
A highlight of rural calendars since 2012, The Woolshed Tour returns with a new double-bill comedy show Life’s a Bitch and award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons.
A bona fide travelling roadshow, the tour transforms working woolsheds into real-life show spaces, complete with bar, seating, stage curtain, props, full production equipment and crew.
The southern tour features 20 shows, from Windwhistle to Lake Hawea, including two nights at Orari Gorge Station near Geraldine on November 13 and 14.
Named New Zealand folk artist of the year for 2020, Parsons is a multi-award-winning touring artist renowned for her songwriting and soulful performances.
She will perform new songs from her forthcoming album, along with plenty of old favourites for good measure.
Presented by comic duo The Bitches’ Box and Emma Newborn Life’s a Bitch show is the third instalment in their suite of comedy romps about life as a dog.
This time, they explore what happens when two freedom-camping Swiss circus dogs break down outside the farm, with hilarious results.
The duo have taken their shows from woolsheds to festivals worldwide, and are excited to get back to performing for rural communities.
The Woolshed Tour is also carrying the message of the Rural Support Trust nationwide network which offers free and confidential support to rural people during difficult times and to those affected by adverse events.
Each show on the tour will start with a fundraising barbecue dinner run by the local school or community group, from 6pm.
The show itself starts at 7pm.