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Steve Grieve & the Mourners tour poster
L-R Steve Grieve and Dan Myles

Entertainment Blue Mountains​ is proudly bringing a range of theatre, music and other entertainment to you over the next few months. Please share this with anyone who you know is craving live performance events; and of course, come along to one of the following shows…

Kicking off with our first ever music gig, we thrilled to present Steve Grieve and The Mourners​ at the Palais Royale Hotel​ this Thursday 7th June. If you’re a fan of Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughan or the Badloves, this show is absolutely up your street. View more.

Simon Lenthen is Neddie SeagoonFrom 23rd June and into July, our 6th annual The Goon Show LIVE​! dinner and show, also at Katoomba’s Palais Royale, is selling well. In fact, Opening Night is now SOLD OUT… there are good tickets still available for the other dates, but don’t wait too long to grab them. There’s plenty of information on the official website goonshow.com.au. This is the Best British Belly Laugh Down Under.

Sock Buddies doing wheelbarrows, no hands!

With the July school holidays fast approaching, we’re continuing our tradition of shows especially for the little ones aged 2-8. This time we’re presenting The Marvellous Sock Machine​ at the wonderful Pigeon Lane at ONE88​. It’s a story of sock buddies, Spud and Gromit, who are inundated with washing soooo many socks – and they’re always losing them! What are they to do? An interactive show for kids, The Marvellous Sock Machine is a delightful 50-minute show featuring songs, loads of fun and plenty of Silly Sock Sensations! It is an interactive theatrical experience for children aged 2 – 8. Read more..

Stepping out of Katoomba and rolling down the hill to Penrith, we’re again staging The Goon Show LIVE! at a special Fathers’ Day weekend at the Penrith Gaels Cultural and Sporting Association​, presenting another 3 original cult episodes; an evening show on Saturday 1st September, and an afternoon matinée on Fathers’ Day Sunday 2nd.

Chrissie Shaw as 'Madame Bijou’ former Queen of the Demi-MondeOctober is going to be very special indeed. We’re lucky enough to be hosting the talented Chrissie Shaw as she revisits her show Bijou – a cabaret of Secrets and Seduction​, accompanied on piano by Alan Hicks. Bijou is a cabaret, yet it is also a play in disguise. It tells the story of a woman whose life is defined by wars. Theatre goers and lovers of cabaret alike will love Bijou, as will aficionados of fine music who will be treated to Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Debussy, Erik Satie, Jean Lenoir, Friedrich Hollander, Kurt Weill, Emil Jacques-Dalcroze etc. Those familiar with, or indeed studying French language, culture and history, literature, music etc. will particularly enjoy Bijou. Details and bookings.

We have more theatre and other live performance events on the way, which we will announce as dates and details are confirmed. In the meantime, be sure to keep an eye on our events pages on our website here or on Facebook.

Steve Grieve and The Mourners’ gig at Katoomba’s Palais Royale Hotel is not far away.

To get you into the groove, here’s the video clip for their track ‘Neighbours’.

Steve says about it….

“We wrote this tune many moons ago having grown up in Canberra, incensed by the implied call to action of the local constabulary’s “Neighbourhood Watch” community outreach program. Yes, pot, paranoia, persecution and police – a perfect recipe for a song, not to mention irresistibly alliterative. The idea of the citizenry collectively peering through their curtains and dobbing in their friends and family also segued nicely with a certain contrarian libertarian urge – surely, we should be allowed to do whatever we like in the privacy of our own home? Or should we? This scandalously rebellious sentiment arose against a background which featured many less than savoury youthful encounters with the law, too numerous and scandalous to mention here, suffice to say that they included much real and threatened confiscation of loud and at times excessively noisy music making apparatus, guitars, amps drums etc. at a string of mostly enjoyable, only occasionally memorable rehearsals, parties and unofficial house ‘concerts’.”

Brought to you by Entertainment Blue Mountains, this is one you can’t miss.

Information & Bookings

The Mourners in Canberra in 1997

Steve Grieve and The Mourners have special gig coming up at Katoomba’s Palais Royale Hotel on Thursday 7th June (be sure to grab your early-bird tickets).

To whet your appetite and If you are into blues rock music with strange animation, you might like this video clip on Facebook for the title track on their new album. ‘Caterpillar Maze’. You can view it on Facebook too.

This is what Steve says about what’s behind the track…

Lost in a Caterpillar Maze– Caterpillar Maze, metamorphosis. Rock’n roll is a strange journey. There are times when you are so far down the rabbit hole you no longer know who you are and why you are there. The questions from friends and family add to this dilemma, they have genuine concerns about your motives, particularly when you haven’t progressed or evolved in a similar fashion to themselves. “What do you want out of it” is a tricky question when you are in deep, determined and committed, always writing and developing ideas. The fruits of this hard work may only manifest in a great performance, a fleeting moment, nothing solid or tangible has appeared for them to hold or measure. You may have a great recording but no industry support. Some people need you to have both, to assure them that what they are hearing, and what you are doing with your life is valid. The independent artist, driven and determined, can look the fool arriving at the sharp dressed, safe suburban barbecue in their beaten up old car, attired in their bohemian garb. Meanwhile there are a host of fascinating characters down the rabbit hole with you – fellow artists, delusional madmen and women, potent crafty Svengalis and sly grifters. They make you a promise, they may see a dollar in you, or they may be blinded by your ‘talent’. Some have no idea, not a musical bone in their body, but some have the gift, the magical Midas touch. It’s all timing, right place right time, right people, and a grand illusionary gate can mysteriously open and bestow worldwide success, apparently even on mediocrity. It always gets back to your passion, through the highs and lows the one constant is your love of writing and creating, happily lost in a Caterpillar Maze.

Brought to you by Entertainment Blue Mountains, this is one you can’t miss.

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Robin (Spike Miligan) Queree's head on a dinner-plate, with pickled herring2018 will be The Goon Show LIVE!’s 6th consecutive appearance as part of the Blue Mountains Yulefest season… and this one’s going to be CraZy!

Due to the demand for this show and the numbers of returning audiences, we’ve moved to a larger venue; the absolutely stunning Grand Ballroom at the Palais Royale in Katoomba.

To get you in the mood and help with your plans, we are offering special Early-bird tickets for only $99 per person, including booking fees.

Please note that these Early-bird tickets are only available online.

Once these tickets run out, the full-price tickets will be available for $130 per person, with some great group booking offers.

So get your family and friends together, and get in touch with your inner-Goon.

Perhaps there’s a Goon-Type in your family who’d love these tickets as a Christmas present.. go on, spoil them.

Read about the show here; or go right ahead and book your tickets now.

ink bottle and quillBlue Mountains writers, get scribbling and submit before 20th November to Weatherboard Theatre Inc Pty Ltd; a wonderful opportunity.
Here are the details on their Facebook Page;
INITIAL NOTICE FOR GREEN ROOM AND OTHER NETWORKS
WEATHERBOARD THEATRE INC. PTY LTD has received a grant from the SEABORN BROUGHTON & WALFORD FOUNDATION to select and develop some locally written theatre scripts. Selected scripts will have a creative development workshop with the writer and actors as well as a performed reading by local professional actors. Writers will be paid (fee yet to be determined).
Weatherboard Theatre Inc is a group of professional writers and actors from the Blue Mountains who are committed to supporting and creating local paid work for local professional artists. Weatherboard Theatre is currently asking for submissions of new plays* of any length to be submitted for selection to go through a creative development process and culminate in a performed public reading. For full details please send an expression of interest to weatherboardtheatre@gmail.com or look on our Facebook page @weatherboard
Scripts to be submitted electronically by November 14th 2017 to weatherboardtheatre@gmail.com
*Plays that have not yet had a production