Concert to fill The Shed
We Are Here is a variety show of music, comedy and dance, a fundraiser for the southern theatre, forced to leave its 35 year home in the Christchurch Arts Centre after the February 2011 earthquake. Benefit organiser and Improvisor, Greg Ellis, says while The Court had opened its doors again in a new Addington venue, affectionately called The Shed, the theatre had been forced to leave behind sets, props, costumes and resources in the rubble of the Arts Centre.
“The Court lost most of their stuff so we’re aiming to fill The Shed,” Ellis says. “We’ve got everything from Irish music through to a can-can dance group so it’s a rare chance for Wellingtonians to see an old fashioned variety concert.”
Ellis is himself on the bill, as lounge singer Vance Fontaine. He will be joined by the full Improvisors team, comedians Jerome Chandrahasen and T.J. McDonald, Amiria Grenell, Hobnail, Mrs Robinson, The Good Words, can-can troupe Les Folies de Lamour, burlesque dancers and others.
It’s the second benefit for Christchurch organised by Ellis. A 2011 benefit concert, also at Circa, raised over $8,000 for the Red Cross, and Ellis is hoping for a similar amount this time.
“The generosity of Wellington’s performers and their audience was so amazing last year that we felt we had to do something again,” Ellis says.
We Are Here, Benefit Concert for The Court Theatre, Circa Theatre, 7pm, August 20.