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yule17-stickytix-sqOur British Comedy Yulefest Dinner and Show is just around the corner… it opens this Saturday 1st July at the Metropole Katoomba, and runs throughout the month.

This is our 6th Yulefest season, for some reason they keep on asking us back!

Opening night on the 1st has only a handful of tickets left – and there aren’t many more available for rest of the dates – so if you are part of a British Comedy fan-club, best grab the rest of the mob and book those tickets.

As a very special treat for Yulefest Blue Mountains 2017, Goon Show fans are to be entertained by the episode ‘Christmas Crackers‘ which was written by Spike Milligan for inclusion in BBC Radio’s Christmas Day broadcast of 1953.

The casts of several then current comedy series performed short sketches on the subject of Christmas in general and Christmas Crackers in particular.

This sketch performed by the Goons was recorded at the same time as The Giant Bombardon (series 4, ep. 13), on Sunday 20 December of that year.

As far as it can be ascertained, this Goons sketch was never rebroadcast and are no known recordings of it.

The original script still exists, and is part of the Sir. Elton John Collection. Elton John bought the original scripts at auction in 1981 for £14,000. With Sir Elton’s permission, The Goon Show Preservation Society was able to scan this important Goons document.

Read the Yulefest 2017 programme. – Book Tickets

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

a-bucket-of-GoonsThis Saturday 1st July marks the first show of our Yulefest Blue Mountains dinner and show.

If you’re into British Comedy, then get a group together and get your tickets booked now. Opening night (Sat 1st July) only has 9 tickets left – and all the other dates are close behind.

This year marks our 6th, yes SIXTH Yulefest season – for some reason they keep on asking us to come back!

After the super WinterMagic Festival in Katoomba yesterday, the whole region is now pumped up for the biggest season on the Blue Mountains calendar – Yulefest, our very own Winter Christmas-in-July.

This year, as part of our show, we’re bringing back the Bucket of GOON.

What happens is that we ask an audience member to draw a mystery Goon Show episode out of a bucket for the boys to perform.

Once the lads get over the initial leg-trembles, they have only 5 minutes to scramble – sort out their scripts and load-up the sound effects.

We first gave this a whirl in 2015 at a season of shows we played in Sydney… it worked brilliantly, and the added adrenaline spiced up the show for cast and audience alike.

Tickets have been selling extremely well this year, so get in on the fun and book now. We’d love to see you there.

Read about the dinner / show here.

the 3 blind mice in the kitchen, with volunteers from the audienceWow, the 3 Blind Mice have just performed their last show for these school holidays.

What FUN it has been… the audiences who’ve come along have enjoyed themselves almost as much as the Mice have.

Our Mice, Abby, Benji and Charlie, and all the other characters who appeared in the show, say ‘Thank You’ for coming along.

Thank you too to the staff and management of The Gingerbread House Katoomba, who’ve put up with all the scurrying around, and the bits of cheese that the Mice have been dropping everywhere.

Plans are already underway for our next school holiday show. If you want to be kept in the know about upcoming shows, subscribe on this Entertainment Blue Mountains webpage.

The amount of trouble our 3 Blind Mice get up in the MOUSEterChef kitchen! It’s enough to send the Crooked Man into a tizz, like it did in this morning’s show.

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The Crooked Man, Mary Littlelamb and the 3 Blind Mice all have only 1 more show to go… come along, tomorrow, bring the kids and start your day with a bit of a laugh.

Where & When? The GingerBread House Katoomba, tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am

Tickets, audience reviews and information are here