Composing celebrations: Lansdown Narropera

Some big birthdays are being celebrated with some big sounds at Lansdown Homestead this month. The Tai Tapu venue will come alive with the sound of Beethoven in celebration of 170 years of Canterbury being settled, and 250 years since the composer was born.     The four hour-long daytime concerts on December 16 and […]

What we all need now…

Award-winning Christchurch singer Ali Harper’s concerts are synonymous with uplifting locals in hard times, and her latest show is no different. Metropol catches up with Ali ahead of The Look of Love, where she puts her own special touch on Burt Bacharach’s hits alongside pianist Tom Rainey.   WHAT IS IT ABOUT BURT BACHRACH’S MUSIC […]

Parenting Unfiltered

Book a babysitter, because a hilarious, unfiltered and acclaimed play about raising children is coming to town.     Based on the hugely popular book of the same name by blogger Emily Writes, Rants in the Dark is running at The Court Theatre this September. The show takes aim at the pressures on modern mothers […]

Courting change in the central city

Design work is underway for the new central city home of The Court Theatre, signalling welcome progress for an anchor project outlined in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.     Local Athfield Architects have been chosen by Christchurch City Council and The Court Theatre to undertake the project and have revealed they’ll be consulting with […]

Thrilling theatrical magic

It’s a fantastical lead up to Christmas as the curtain rises on The Court Theatre’s spectacular summer season of The Wind in the Willows, which was last performed there in 1995.   Director Ross Gumbley says audiences can expect thrilling theatrical magic, whether they’ve seen the show before or not. “Our approach is not to […]

Skills on stage

Local Year 13 student Sarah Lawrence will be heading to London to tread the boards at the famous London Globe theatre next year.     One of four students from Christchurch (two are from Cashmere High and one from Catholic Cathedral College), she will be joining 24 of the most talented young actors from around […]