Shows

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Festival Opening Event

Christchurch’s central city will become a visual feast of fire, warmth and light to celebrate the opening of the 2015 Christchurch Arts Festival.

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Band of Magicians

James Galea, Ben Hanlin, Brett Loudermilk and Adam Mada are the Band Of Magicians: the world’s first magic supergroup!

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Arboria

The Arboria Luminarium is an immersive work of art; a fantastical maze that blends design, engineering and filtered light.

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The Daisy Theatre

The Daisy Theatre features a cast of marionettes brought to life in the hands of renowned puppeteer and provocateur Ronnie Burkett.

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Lady Rizo - Under

​Uncovering the myth of the ​diva, New York cabaret chanteuse Lady Rizo​ ​peels back her layers ​​for a hilarious and intimate show​ about love, relationships and sex.

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That Bloody Woman

The world premiere of a new musical about Kate Sheppard, transforming her from a head on a $10 note into an in-your-face feminist firebrand.

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A Simple Space

A dizzying collection of new circus, as seven acrobats push their physical limits without reserve in a truly unique audience experience not to be missed.

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Daffodils

This is far, far more than boy meets girl. This is real life romance – Kiwi cabaret style. Travel through a story following a young couple's love story and the New Zealand pop-rock soundtrack that shapes their lives.

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Hamlet: The Video Game (the Stage Show)

A manic mash-up of improvisation, video games and Shakespeare in a truly original take on the Prince of Denmark where the audience call the shots.

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MAMIL

Mark Hadlow stars in a one-man show about a mid-life crisis that turns a property developer into a MAMIL - a Middle Aged Man In Lycra.

Black Faggot

Two actors portray a range of characters in this riotously funny play about being young, gay and Samoan.

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Kraken

A dark and stormy stream-of-consciousness narrative about the fear of change and the ocean floor, using nothing but mime, mouthsounds and the audience's imagination.

Trapped

In Joe Bennett's latest play a barman, a butcher's daughter and a contortionist tell the stories of their lives - which have only one thing in common.

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Hiraeth

A story of one woman’s struggle to leave the family farm; told with live music and welsh cakes.

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Swing

An international hit Irish comedy following the up and downs on and off the dance floor during two people's year in a swing dance class.

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The White Guitar

Platinum-selling artist Scribe features with his father and brother in this true story of the Luafutu family, dedicated to the power of culture, spirit and music.

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6D (Twice as Good as 3D)

Award-winning Australian entertainers The Listies star in 6D, a kids sketch comedy show all about the movies. Hilarious fun for kids of all ages.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

A shepherd and his dog transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn in this multi-sensory theatrical adaptation that will delight children and adults.

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Duck, Death & the Tulip

Based on the internationally celebrated book by Wolf Erlbruch, Duck, Death and the Tulip will intrigue and enchant the smallest child to the oldest grownup.

30 Forward

A retrospective showcase celebrating highlights from 30 years of Footnote New Zealand Dance Company.

From Broadway to La Scala

An evening of glamour, passion and romance with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, David Hobson and Greta Bradman, joined by special guest Dame Malvina Major.

Tim Finn - White Cloud

Celebrated New Zealand musician Tim Finn takes audiences on an immersive, poetic musical journey of discovery.

The Tom Jobim Songbook

Singer Alda Rezende covers nearly five decades of the greatest Brazilian composer of all time and creator of the Bossa Nova, Tom Jobim.

Cal Wilson - It Could Have Been Me

What life would Cal Wilson be living right now if she'd made different choices? It Could Have Been Me is an hour of stand-up and characters from Cal and her alter egos, all live on stage.

Salon Kitty

The team behind 2013’s Totally Weill brings a rag-tag crew of musical tightrope-walkers together in Salon Kitty.

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Modern Maori Quartet

Hailing from different corners of Aotearoa, the Modern Māori Quartet come together for a night filled with waiata, humour and charm.

Our Songs of the South

Three acts from the South unite on stage for a concert of acoustic folk, roots and country music.

Simon Thacker's Ritmata

Experience brilliantly inventive musicianship, soul stirring improvisation and dazzling composition in an effortless meeting of musical styles, cultures and traditions.

Lord Echo

Founding member of the Black Seeds, Lord Echo brings his live act to Christchurch for the first time with boogie-laced funk, disco-primed reggae and futuristic soul.

Process

Iconic singer/songwriters Julia Deans (Fur Patrol, The Adults) and Devin Abrams (Shapeshifter, DJ Reno, Pacific Heights) reveal how they create their songs in this intimate, informative and illuminating performance.

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CLiK - the Ensemble

Three of NZ's leading Chamber music performers perform together as the Chen Lin King Trio - CLiK: The Emsemble.

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Michael Houstoun - Inspired by Bach

Discover the influence of Johann Sebastian Bach in a musical journey with New Zealand’s most revered pianist, Michael Houstoun.

Love Divine

An Evening of songs and arias with Taryn Fiebig and Jud Arthur, two of Australasia's finest operatic singers, accompanied by David Kelly on piano.

On Belonging

Patricia Grace and Paula Morris in conversation on themes of nostalgia, memory and belonging.

Imaginary Cities

Fiona Farrell, Anna Smaill, Hugh Nicholson, Hamish Clayton, chaired by Lara Strongman, looks at ways we imagine - and reimagine - cities.

The Struggle for Sovereignty

University of Waikato Law and Public Policy Professor, and former New Zealand Parliament Speaker of the House Margaret Wilson asks: in the era of public choice and free markets, does the state still have the best interests of its individual citizens at heart?

On North Korea: Inventing The Truth

A glimpse inside the world of North Korea in discussion with Suki Kim, author of a memoir about her time teaching the children of North Korea's ruling class.

On Perversion: Jesse Bering

Jesse Bering asks: what would happen if we rise above our fears and revulsions towards "deviant" sex and accept our true natures?

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On Effective Altruism

One of the world's most influential living philosophers, Peter Singer, presents a challenging new movement in the search for an ethical life.

Crimes of Passion

Sarah Waters is the award-winning, bestselling author of five previous novels. Her latest book, The Paying Guests asks: how far would we go for a love that is forbidden by society but nonetheless achingly real?

Still

An interactive memorial to WWI simultaneously displayed in New Zealand and France, which reacts to the audience's actions.

Rama Tuna

A stunning new sculptural installation Inspired by Ngāi Tahu stories and customs surrounding mahinga kai; Canterbury artist Priscilla Cowie honours ‘Tuna’, the long finned eel.

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He Kura A Huna Ana

The audience feed into the development of He Kura E Huna Ana; a new work performed entirely in Te Reo, as part of a collaboration between Taki Rua and The Forge at The Court Theatre.

The Mauricio Kagel Project

A new piece of experimental theatre inspired by the life of Mauricio Kagel, who redefined the musical theatre genre.

Ubu Night - The Beat Generation

Join Free Theatre’s cast of The Mauricio Kagel Project for an Ubu Night which explores the countercultural world of The Beat Generation.

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OneMonday - Alice Tanner and Band in Concert

Catch some of CPIT's hottest musical talent live in concert. Alice Tanner and her band perform an eclectic mix of standards, modern jazz and original material.