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The Bitches' Box and Mel Parsons Tour

The Bitches' Box and Mel Parsons Tour

Rural audiences will delight this February and March as CMP presents an unmissable night of music, theatre and comedy with The Bitches' Box and Mel Parsons. From the oldest working woolshed in NZ at Te Waimate, through to the state of the art facilities at Criffel Station in Wanaka, this exciting tour sees a trio of professional entertainers perform in woolsheds, community halls and even an aeroplane hangar throughout farming communities spanning the length and breadth of the South Island.

Actresses Amelia Guild and Emma Newborn are joined by acclaimed singer/songwriter Mel Parsons on this ambitious five-week 22 date tour, each show comprised of original music and theatre performances. Having both grown up on farms, Guild and Parsons were drawn to the idea of taking their respective crafts back to the rural community, while Newborn - a city girl through and through - is excited about sharing her theatre-immersed upbringing with country audiences.

The idea was conceived when Guild and Newborn were thrown together by chance at an artist collective and were given two weeks to come up with a 10 minute performance piece - as luck would have it they hit it off right away, and with their on-stage chemistry receiving glowing reviews, the piece was soon developed into a full length work. Parsons joined the lineup last year, performing a solo set of music to complete a full night's entertainment.

Two-time Tui Award finalist Mel Parsons starts the evening off on a musical note with songs from her latest album Red Grey Blue. With a songwriting style recently compared with Fleetwood Mac (Rip it Up, Dec 2011), Parsons is a highly-regarded NZ touring artist, performer and songwriter.

Audiences are then invited to join Amelia Guild and Emma Newborn as they present a very unique and hilarious take of life on the farm. Watch as they throw the spotlight on our closest working mates and give voice to the inner workings of our four legged friends. Guaranteed to raise a smile, The Bitches' Box promises to be a hearty romp around the kennels you thought you knew so well.

While being entertained, audiences will be able to enjoy the hospitality of the host farm, savor a glass or two of fine Allan Scott wines at the cash bar, and support their respective local school or community group who will be running a fundraising BBQ dinner at each show.*

Pre-sale tickets are $33 + booking fee available online now at http://www.eventfinder.co.nz; limited door-sales $40 will be available on the night.

TOUR DATES

Wednesday 22 February
Quartz Hill Station, Windwhistle - SOLD OUT

Thursday 23 February
Mt Somers Station, Mt Somers

Friday 24 February
Kakahu, Geraldine

Saturday 25 February
Buscot Station, Omarama

Wednesday 29 February
Te Waimate, Waimate

Thursday 1 March
Traquair Station, Dunedin

Friday 2 March
Shoreford, Riverton

Saturday 3 March
Blatch Rd Hangar, Te Anau

Wednesday 7 March
Remarkable Park Red Barn, Queenstown

Thursday 8 March
Criffel Station, Wanaka

Friday 9 March
Fox Glacier Hall, Westland

Saturday 10 March
Whare Tangaroa, Westport

Wednesday 14 March
Mussel Inn, Takaka

Thursday 15 March
Spring Grove Drill Hall, Nelson

Friday 16 March
The Throne, Blenheim

Saturday 17 March
The Point, Kaikoura

Monday 19 March
Bluff Station, Kekerenga

Wednesday 21 March
The Grantham, Hanmer Springs

Thursday 22 March
Berriedale, Amberley

Friday 23 March
Coombe, Takamatua

Saturday 24 March
Castle Hill Station, Castle Hill

Sunday 25 March
Quartz Hill Station, Windwhistle - NEW SHOW ADDED


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