Eccles, 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.
…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.
The Famous Eccles and his sidekick the eternal schoolboy, Bluebottle, are slipping into their pajamas and snuggling down for a snooze ahead of tomorrow night’s opening show.
Little ‘Bottle, all warm in bed, dreaming of jellie-babies and sausages; while Eccles stretches the limitations of his intelligence pondering the big questions of life, such as… why can’t you get the wood – and, why does everyone tell poor Eccles to shut-up (oh, that’s me!)?
Tomorrow’s show has a handful of tickets left, so you’d better grab them now and catch the lads exercising their silly voices and radio-perfect faces to bring the show to you.
Opening night for our night of British Comedy dinner and show for Yulefest Blue Mountains, is sooo close. It’s on this Saturday 1st July at the Metropole Katoomba.
As a special treat for those who book for the first night, we are thrilled to present Mr. Vent Thomas who toured with Spike Milligan as his Stage Director in 1984/5; one New Zealand and two Australian tours. They were Spike’s ‘Final Farewell Tour’ and ‘Second Final Farewell Tour’.
After the show, Vent will take the stage to remember some of his experiences of travelling and working with Spike. Vent says, “There are a ton of stories from those tours. Touring with Spike was of course the land of never a dull moment.”
Some of Vent’s stories include;
The time that Spike went walkabout before opening night in Canberra; a show that the Prime Minister was attending
Spike’s intolerance of journalists
The challenges of finding suitable accommodation for Spike
Why Spike had to be locked-up in the dressing rooms at the Theatre in Alice Springs
After a live interview, there will be a short Q&A.
To whet your appetite, here’s an ABC recording of Spike in his element when he played the Octagon Theatre at the University of WA in 1984. (Apologies for the quality, but well worth the time)