Not that we’re into blowing our trumpet… well not too hard… but the opening night of The Goon Show LIVE! on Saturday 23rd June is SOLD OUT! There are still good tickets available for the rest of our dinner and show dates, so if you’re hoping to experience the Best British Belly Laugh Down Under, you better get into gear… food, British Comedy, great times – perfect!
Get your groove on tomorrow night with Steve Grieve and the Mourners at the Palais Royale Katoomba.
If Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Badloves get you musical blood pumping, this is the gig to catch.
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.
From 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.
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.
October 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’.”
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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.
Another Group Booking
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Ying tong iddle i po!
Over many months we’ve been happily watching the tickets selling for our upcoming dinner shows in June and July at the Palais Royale, Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains… and boy it is exciting.
We’re pretty used to group bookings, but it’s always nice to see them dropping in. Just now we’ve received notification of another group of 10 booking. Yes!
Thank you Georgia – you know who you are.
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Eric Sykes, another special person to Goon Show and British Comedy fans generally, was born on the 4th May 1923, 96 years ago today.
He was a comedy writer and performer, who was born in Oldham, Lancashire, UK.
After performing in Royal Air Force shows during World War 2, he wrote scripts for radio shows, including Variety Bandbox (1947) and Educating Archie (1950–4). He was the creator of his own BBC series Sykes Versus TV (1959–65, 1972–80), in which he he presented simple, innocent humour without malice and with a propensity towards physical jokes and slapstick antics.
He also co-wrote many Goon Shows alongside Spike Milligan.
His film appearances include One Way Pendulum (1964), Shalako (1968), and Theatre of Blood (1973). He has written, directed, and acted in short, silent comedies such as The Plank (1967) and Rhubarb (1970), and his television series include Curry and Chips (1969) and The Nineteenth Hole (1989).
This past week we have been celebrating the centenary of Spike Milligan’s birth with various videos which float about the internet, which feature this wonderful talented man.
As part of this celebration, we are offering discount tickets to our June and July dinner and show with The Goon Show LIVE!. This promotion ends tonight, at midnight…
These tickets have been selling well, so you’d better grab them while their still warm.
Today, Monday 16th April 2018, is the centenary of Spike Milligan’s birth. Spike was the primary writer of the BBC cult The Goon Show, in which he also performed.
Without his particular brand of lunacy, our flagship show The Goon Show LIVE!, an homage to the original series, would never have happened.
In 1994, spike was awarded a lifetime achievement comedy award… and his acceptance speech was oh so typical of this great man. See the video of that historical moment on the official Goon Show LIVE! website.
To celebrate Spike Milligan’s centenary, we are offering you some birthday presents…
- $100 per person tickets to the Blue Mountains Yulefest opening night dinner and show on Saturday 23rd June 2018 (normally $130)
- $115 per person tickets to any other Saturday night dinner and show during our Blue Mountains Yulefest 2018 season (normally $130)
- $72 per person tickets to the Sunday afternoon tea and show on the 8th July 2018 (normally $85)
Terms and conditions
- Ticket prices quoted include booking fees.
- The above ticket offers are only available online and cannot be purchased in conjunction with any other discounts or offers.
- The above ticket offers are available from midnight 16th April 2018, until midnight Sunday 22nd April 2018.
- Our standard terms and conditions also apply. Find them on The Goon Show LIVE! ticketing page.
2018 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.