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Time for Christmas-in-July Crackers

The boys of The Goon Show LIVE!, in stockingsEccles, Neddy, Bluebottle and all the rest of the Goon Show Live! gang have finally found their scripts and are now preparing for a HUGE opening night tonight at the Metropole Katoomba.

Tonight marks the beginning of our 6th Yulefest Blue Mountains season. It’ll be a night of, Mulled Wine, a scrumptious Goon-type Winter Yulefest Dinner and the very best of British Comedy, all wrapped up in a pretty red ribbon.

Mr. Vent Thomas who was Spike Milligan's Stage Director during his Australian and NZ tours on 1984-85…and we have, for tonight’s show only, a very special guest – Mr. Vent Thomas, who toured with Spike as his Stage Director in 1984/5. One New Zealand and two Australian tours. They were his ‘Final Farewell Tour’ and ‘Second Final Farewell Tour’.

Vent will be doing a short interview / Q&A after the show, where he’ll relay some of his memories of trying the ‘manage’ Spike. Read more details here.

As we write and post this article, there are only 7 tickets left for tonight’s festivities… so Book Now and get in on the fun of The Goon Show LIVE! – a night of cult comedy and snappy one-liners which you’ll be quoting for all eternity.

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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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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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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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Blue Mountains talent cooking up a storm

Theatre is all about experience; if you want to experience some of the best that the Blue Mountains offers, go and see ‘Breaking Bread’ at the Wentworth Falls School of Arts.

Feeling especially thrilled to see that the amazingly talented Jade Alexcein Fuda,  one of the Entertainment Blue Mountains family, is in the cast.

Here’s the official blurb…

Blue Mountains actors and writers serve up a hearty feast of short plays about
food. Expect memory, fantasy, shared indulgences, private obsessions, death,
desire and dessert.

Local artisan chef Cherry Moon will create a range of dishes inspired by the plays. Order one of our food-and-show packages and come early to enjoy the supper club  atmosphere before the show begins.

  • Not suitable for children under 12
  • Adult themes; occasional course language.
Between Thursday 11 May 2017 and Sunday 14 May 2017
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MOUSES are popular creatures

Our Mouses are popular little creatures…

Your children would LOVE to meet our adorable visually-challenged rodents.

MOUSEterChef; tails of 3 Blind Mice at The Gingerbread House Katoomba ; shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, starts 10am and runs for approximately 1 hour.

more information | Book Now

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