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Our ‘Spike’ in the news

the faces of Robin 'Spike' Queree
the faces of Robin ‘Spike’ Queree

We’re certainly getting some attention in the media as our July Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner and show gets closer.

Kate Reid interviewed Robin Queree who plays Spike on The Goon Show LIVE!, and wrote this wonderful article in the Western Weekender.

Thanks Kate!

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14th July Sold Out

click for Murder Mystery party eventsWe’ve just sold the last tickets to A Bloody Dickens Christmas Murder Mystery Party​ on 14th July…

Only a few tickets left for the other Yulefest Murder Dinner dates; book now …or read more about A Bloody Dickens Christmas.

#visitbluemountains #lovebluemountains

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The Bucket of GOON!

a-bucket-of-GoonsFor the many Goon Show fans out there, we’ve decided to add some excitement to our upcoming Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner / shows this July.

It’s the Bucket of GOON; what happens is that we ask an audience member to draw a mystery Goon Show episode out of a bucket for the boys to perform.

Once the lads get over the initial leg-trembles, they have only 5 minutes to scramble – sort out their scripts and load-up the sound effects.

We first gave this a whirl in 2015 at a season of shows we played in Sydney… it worked brilliantly, and the added adrenaline spiced up the show for cast and audience alike.

Tickets have been selling extremely well this year, so get in on the fun and book now. We’d love to see you there.

Read about the dinner / show here.

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Another Excellent Rehearsal

Lads-in-StockingsToday was the final rehearsal for our July shows… and what a hoot!

We polished up the Christmas Crackers episode, which had us all sniggering hopelessly.

You’ve got to come to this one, Christmas Crackers has not been heard by anyone since it was first broadcast on Christmas Day in 1953.

This story is the is the first broadcast of the heroic expedition to bring back the International Christmas Pudding… and it’s the first appearance of the dreaded Red Bladder!

We’ll see you there…

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Newtown Voices – a book launch

the cover of Sue Cartledge's book, 'Newtown Voices'.For those who remember Newtown in Sydney’s inner west, the way it used to be, here is a special treat.

A friend of mine, poet and author Sue Cartledge, is launching her book ‘Newtown Voices‘ this weekend, on Sunday 4th June 2017.

This wonderful event is happening at Newtown’s iconic bookstore, Better Read Than Dead at 4pm.

Rather than try and describe it myself, here are some words about Sue’s verse novel, by Mark Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize.

“Newtown’s mean streets have found their bard, their Chandler, their Porter, in Sue Cartledge.

This is a memoir and a love ballad for a place and a time: Newtown, in the skirts of a city to which the wider world was arriving fast. In this elegant and witty, tender novel in verse, you’ll meet cops and crooks, journos and painters, emigres fleeing violence in Europe and bringing finer food and wilder ways in their luggage; you’ll walk King Street as it comes out of its closet and opens its eyes, as a new Australia dawned, to the way—more diverse, more sophisticated, more violent, more knowing—the real world works. This is an accomplished work of narrative verse, an assemblage of asides and monologues, newspaper clippings and lyric meditations. Newtown Voices smells like a detective novel, dances like a villanelle, builds and breaks and flies, reads like a stage play. A trim, tough and touching remembrance, cut through with meditations on Newtown today, Newtown Voices is a delight and a work of art.”

Come on down to the ‘town on Sunday, it’ll be a great way to remember Newtown of days past.

For those who know me personally, it’d be great to see you there, especially because I’ve been given the great pleasure of being asked by Sue to read an excerpt from her book at the launch.

Hope to see you there.

Visit the ‘Newtown Voices’ website.

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A Larry Stephens Biography

Larry Stephens portraitJulie Warren, a great friend of the Goon Show Preservation Society, has signed with the crowdfunding publisher, Unbound, for her biography of Goon Show writer, Larry Stephens.

Larry was instrumental in the creation and success of the Goon Show but his early death at the age of 35 meant he ended up being a footnote in books about the gregarious characters who surrounded him.

To find out more and to pledge your support for Julie’s book, ‘Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons’, go to the publisher’s website.

You’ll find a wonderful video by clicking the picture at the top of the page, as well as a synopsis and an extract.

And don’t forget to spread the word, folks!

Glarnies, Green Berets & Goons: The Life and Legacy of Larry Stephens

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Goodbye Desmond Patrick Bryan Milligan

Desmond Patrick Bryan Milligan at the Clarendon in Katoomba, June 2014

We attended Patrick’s (his preferred name) funeral this morning.

While he is most often known as the brother of Spike of Goon Show fame, Patrick was himself an accomplished artist which included a 32-year stint with John Fairfax and Sons, which ended with Patrick working for the Sun newspaper as director of the art department.

He was keenly interested in all things creative, including the theatre. In fact Patrick accepted an invitation from Bob Allnutt  of the ABC to help establish ‘an experimental drama theatre, which occupied premises leased for peppercorn rent from the Sydney County Council in Sussex Street, Sydney. He kept on with his theatre, known as PACT (Producers, Authors, Composers Talents Co-operative) but when it became a youth theatre he stepped aside, preferring it to have remained a professional theatre.’ (from an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 July 2010)

We were lucky enough to have met Patrick in June 2014, when he hosted a talk in the Blue Mountains recounting his Milligan family life, showing photos including some from Burma and India where he and his brother spent some of their boyhood. He attended a performance of The Goon Show LIVE! that evening; and again in March the following year when the show toured to Sydney for a dinner and show hosted by Rotary.

He was an energetic and talented man; he will be missed.

Best wishes to his son Michael and his family.

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