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Vent Thomas, stage director for Spike Milligan 1984/85
Vent Thomas, stage director for Spike Milligan 1984/85

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’.

There are only 9 tickets left for that particular night, and bookings for the other July shows are very close behind… so get a group of British Comedy fans together and book those tickets.

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)

Read about the Yulefest 2017 Dinner and Show… or Book Tickets Now

Last weekend, we held two shows… the first on Saturday night was a dinner and show, and then on Sunday we have a special Afternoon Tea. My goodness, the fans just keep on coming.

Along with all our regulars, we seem to be finding more and more new fans. On Saturday, Annette and Joe gave us this wonderful video review…

There is only one more Yulefest Blue Mountains Dinner and Show left, on Saturday 30th July, so book your tickets before we run away.

Audiences cheer for The Goon Show LIVE!Last Saturday was a BLAST! It was a show like no other… one table in particular was very much involved with the show, quoting lines back at the actors, and even chorusing Eccles’ famous line “He’s fallen in the water” every time there was the merest hint of a splash.

There was one wonderful lady, who wants to remain anonymous, who sent us this wonderful note a couple of days later…

I am so glad that I discovered The Goon Show three years ago. This will be my fifth one and one of the best. I was struck from the beginning at how close the actors have got to the originals, and if I was to close my eyes, I would think I was 16 again and listening to the show on the radio. Thanks guys. They say laughter keeps you younger.and you have certainly taken at least five years off my age with the latest helping.

Such flattery… thank you, and we hope to see you at many more of our shows in the future.

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