Entertainment, theatre and other events

Our mascot Hamlette on the hustings.

It’s official, the next Ham Stakes show will feature some very special guests indeed!

With the show preceding the upcoming federal election by only a couple of days, Theatresports® Blue Mountains extended an invitation to all the electoral candidates for the seat of Macquarie to attend for some light-hearted fun and non-partisan frivolity.

So far, three candidates have confirmed they’ll be at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin on the 19th August; Terry Tremethic of the Carer’s Alliance, Luke Portelli of the Christian Democrats and Jason Cornelius of the Family First party. All other candidates have been contacted and further announcements are expected shortly.

For more information about the show, click here.

Our mascot Hamlette with a very worried Turkey!
Our mascot Hamlette with a very worried Turkey!

Well, there’s not much more you can say when the warmth of the applause is as wonderful as it was tonight!

It was a terrific show, and the audience was quite simply delightful.

There were 4 teams; the Deers, the Turkey Stuffers, the Stocking Fillers and Santa’s Naughty Elves; all vying for the ultimate reward – the undying adulation of the audience.

Reel it in... The show was action packed; we were entertained by Shakespearean drama, sports-style commentary, music and out-and-out comedy – ingredients which guaranteed a night to remember.

In the end, it was Santa’s Naughty Elves who stole first place, followed closely by those Stocking Fillers.

Of course, a show isn’t a show without great music… and we had that in bucket-loads. Opening the show we were treated to a Tom Lehrer classic, presented by the Blue Mountains own Very Small Choir. This magnificent group also gave a us several ditties when we came back from intervals.

Continuing the music theme, all our players were supported by Tim Cunningham, another BM local, who’s been around the music scene for aeons.

We gave away prizes, laughed a lot and generally worked our funny bones to the (well) bone!

Now it’s full steam ahead for the next show, an election 2010 special; Ham Goes Poll-Dancing! Put it in your diary now; Thursday 19th August, 8pm, at Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin.

See you there.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to book your tickets for our Yulefest Ham Stakes special on Thursday 29th July.

Presented in conjunction with Jack Thompson’s Hotel Gearin in Katoomba, this show is sure to be a cracker!

our mascot Hamlette, with a worried Christmas Turkey
our mascot Hamlette, with a worried Christmas Turkey

Featuring Blue Mountains local players, and some naughty elves imported from Sydney’s impro scene, you are guaranteed a night of festive high-jinx.

To add some extra Christmas flavour, we are very proud to have the Blue Mountains’ own ‘Very small Choir’ joining us with a few quirky Christmas tunes to add that extra dimension.

Your host and MC for the night is Theatresports® Blue Mountains’ very own Bryan Cutts.

For booking details and further information, click here. Remember, save 25% off the ticket price if you book online.

Theatresports® Blue Mountains logoWith further refinement of the TSBM logo, we’ve now managed to incorporate the fun that  Theatresports® is, with a hint at theatre’s Greek roots – and at the same time managed to ensure that this ‘high class(!)’ artwork can be reproduced in black and white without losing too much detail.

Level 1 Theatresports® classes are the foundation stones of improvisation and Theatresports® skills.

The next Level 1 term will run for 8 weeks, on Wednesdays from 4th August until September 22nd 2010. These are 2 hour sessions, starting at 7.30pm.

No previous experience necessary: Level 1 classes are a terrific starting place for everyone! They are the foundation work for actors, teachers and all hobby players.

For more information, click here.

our mascot Hamlette, with a worried Christmas TurkeyAfter the success of the inaugural Ham Stakes show in June, the next Theatresports® Blue Mountains show is well into planning.

The show, to be presented on Thursday 29th July, will take the audience on an irreverent Christmas in July feast of mayhem, too many jingly bells and heaps of presents!

Further details will be announced soon, so keep an eye on this page, and sign up to our ImproMail so that you can be amongst the first to know as news is released.

Wow, it was simply a wonderful first show!

The inaugural ‘Ham Stakes’ show was a resounding success, with two terrific teams standing toe-to-toe in competition, to win the adulation of the crowd which turned up at the Gearin on 17th June 2010.

The warm applause, the terrific laughter, the hoots of ecstasy… it all happened!

A full report is on it’s way soon.

The inaugural Ham Stakes show is looking even more fantastic with some brilliant bribes (um… prizes) contributed by local businesses keen to jump on the Theatresports® train.

Audience members who attend our first show at the Hotel Gearin on Thursday July 17th, will be in the running to win one of these wonderful gifts.

While new sponsors are still being finalised, it can be announced that the following businesses are now a part of the Theatresports® Blue Mountains family;

For all these sponsors’ details, so that you can thank them with your support, click here.

portrait of musician and composer, Victor SpiegelThe wonderfully talented musician and sounds effects architect, Victor Spiegel has joined the cast for our first Ham Stakes show on June 17th.

Victor has a wealth of music experience, including the show ‘How We First Met’ in San Francisco as well as working with the ‘Bats Improv‘.

Victor will be providing all the sounds effects and music for our Ham Stakes show on June 17th in Katoomba. These sounds could be anything from a brand new jazz composition to a weird and wonderful new age sound-scape – and sound effects such as creaking doors in haunted houses, the ‘sproing!’ of bed-springs of a romantic interlude, or the charmingly sweet sounds of a dawn chorus as our talented improvisers have wonderful adventures and get into sticky situations on stage.

All of Victor’s works on the night will be completely improvised, absolutely made up and off-the-cuff, adding that extra dimension to what will be a terrific night of excellent entertainment.

Read about the June 17 Ham Stakes show here…