Nov 122018
 

After 12 years away from my family I can safely say that saying goodbye does not get any easier. In fact, it only seems to get harder every time! Knowing this I give myself two months after each farewell to feel homesick and this week my time is up, I don’t feel exactly ready yet but it’s time to face the world again. If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps too or could just do with a lovely, relaxing evening out filled with big belly laughs here’s a tip for you:

After the huge success of The Play That Goes Wrong the expectations were high for Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischied Theatre once again delivered. We all know things don’t always go to plan and in this case those trip-ups and stumbles, falls and fights and glitches and hitches are exactly what makes Peter Pan Goes Wrong disastrously funny.

On their way to magical Neverland the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have to battle against technical hiccups, flying mishaps and cast disputes which will leave the audience in stitches. This successful West End production is a welcome treat of fabulously funny comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick, who knew disaster could be this hilarious?

Since its London premiere in 2013 Peter Pan Goes Wrong has been bringing smiles all across the UK and the West End and even earnt a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, so grab your tickets today and settle in for two hours of roaring laughter.

On its way to Neverland Peter Pan Goes Wrong will stop in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth.

To find out more about Peter Pan Goes Wrong, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.peterpangoeswrong.com.au.

One lucky Hip Little One reader is in for an evening full of laughs as we are giving away a double pass (RRP $199.80) to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse on Wednesday 19th December (7pm). For your chance to win enter below:

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Aug 092018
 

‘It is impossible until it’s done’
Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

While sadly Nelson Mandela is no longer, his legacy lives on and to this day the world is inspired by one man who was determined to fight for change. Not only would Nelson Mandela have turned 100 this year, it also marks 25 years since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, all the more reason to celebrate his remarkable life in style with a visit to Madiba the Musical:

Combining traditional African dance and vocals with contemporary twists, eternal love songs and stirring anthems Madiba the Musical tells the life of former South African leader Nelson Mandela like you have never heard or seen it before. What an amazing opportunity to learn about Mandela’s lifework as a lawyer and activist for peace, catch a glimpse of his fight against apartheid and get a taste of forbidden love in a troubled land.

Featuring authentic and talented performers from all across the globe (including Australia’s own Timomatic) this energetic new stage show will open your eyes to South Africa’s history and the amazing difference one man made to his homeland. According to Mandela’s own grandson Madiba the Musical is ‘the best show about my grandfather’, are you ready to meet the man that is Nelson Mandela?

Madiba the Musical will tour across Australia from October 3, 2018, visiting Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Warrnambool, Perth and Adelaide. After this the turn goes to our neighbours in New Zealand with stops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Tickets are available now so make sure you secure your seats!

To find out more about Madiba the Musical, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online via Ticketmaster visit www.madibamusical.com.au.

Two lucky Hip Little One readers are in for a fantastic night, as we have the following to give away:

  • 1x double pass for Madiba the Musical on Wednesday 3rd October (7pm) at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne (RRP $179.80)
  • 1x double pass for Madiba the Musical on Thursday 17th January (7.30pm) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide (RRP $179.80)

For your chance to win enter our giveaway below, please make sure you to include the venue of your choice:

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Jul 062018
 

I know I say this every year but once again I am amazed by how cold Australia gets in winter. You’d think as a native Dutch girl I am very much used to these chilly temperatures but I am really feeling it this year! My mum always used to tell me that moving was the best way to keep warm, so I think we think we can safely say the talented crew at Irish Celtic is comfortably warm while on stage:

Featuring the finest performers from Ireland’s top dance companies Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland is a spectacular show filled with mind-blowing dance routines, irresistible rhythms and amazing choreography.

The audience will be whisked away to a traditional pub in Southern Ireland and taken on a heartwarming journey through Celtic history by genial landlord and owner Paddy. Get ready to tap along to familiar tracks from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans and many more (performed by a five-piece on-stage band) and watch the 12 extremely talented dancers work their magic through a series of high-energy dance acts.

After France and Germany it is now the turn of Australian fans to tap along to Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (July 31 – August 5) or at Capitol Theatre in Sydney (August 7-12). It’s promising to be an unforgettable evening of music, storytelling and dance, making ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ the perfect night out on a chilly winter night.

To find out more about Irish Celtic, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.irishceltic.com.au.

For your chance to win 2 tickets to see ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ (RRP $170) on Tuesday 31st July 2018 (7pm) at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (VIC) enter our giveaway below:

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Jul 052018
 

As a busy mum of six little ones there is sadly very little time to put up my feet and enjoy a good book. When I do get a few spare minutes to read I must choose wisely, therefore I keep a list of books that have come highly recommended by people I value and one of the titles at the top on my to-read list is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

I know the rule is ‘read the book first, then watch the movie’ but as far as I know there’s no rule about watching a play… time to check out the stage-adaption of this international bestseller at Adelaide’s Entertainment Centre:

Masterfully adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time was the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade and has raked in a massive 5 Tony Awards® and 7 Olivier Awards. As part of a big international tour it is currently Australia’s turn to see this remarkable, eye-opening novel brought to life on stage by a super talented full British and Irish cast.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of 15-year-old Christopher Boone, a teenager with an autism spectrum condition who has an extraordinary brain that is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers.

When his neighbour’s dog Wellington is killed suspicion quickly falls on Christopher and after initially being arrested he is released with a police warning. Against his father’s wishes Christopher starts investigating the dog’s murder in the hope of identifying the true culprit. Christopher’s mission takes him on a journey that upturns his world… The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a global theatrical phenomenon that simply must not be missed.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is currently playing in Sydney, after which the show will take to the stage in Adelaide on July 31 and finally close the curtains in Perth on August 19, 2018.

To find out more about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.curiousincident.com.au.

Apr 052018
 

When people look at our oldest son the first thing they say is that he looks like his dad. Not only does he have the same dark hair and beautiful brown eyes, they also share some of the same interests. Both my husband and our boy love anything rhythmic, as soon as they hear music I see their fingers moving and their feet start tapping. If you’re a fan of rhytm too you are sure to enjoy STOMP:

For more than 25 years STOMP has been travelling around the globe with an award-winning show that binds people together. No matter how young or old you are or where in the world you live, the wordless combination of rhythm, dance, comedy and theatre gets everyone excited. The eight talented STOMP performers use non-traditional instruments (everything from supermarket trolleys to Zippo lighters, plastic bags to garbage can lids and even the kitchen sink) to create the most amazing rhythms that will have you bouncing on your seat.

After their spectacular performance at the London 2012 Olympics STOMP is now more popular than ever so shake those hands, warm up your feet and get ready because STOMP will soon be back on Australian shores for another mind-blowing tour. It has been almost five years since Hip Daddy first took our son to see STOMP and it has made a really big impression, he can’t wait to see them back on stage again later this year.

Arriving in Australia next month STOMP will travel around the country, treating fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, The Gold Coast and Sydney to a smashing show filled with awesome musical delights, unique choreography and fancy routines. You never know, it may even give you some inspiration for an act of your own when you get home! STOMP is a unique experience that is guaranteed to captivate from start to finish.

To find out more STOMP, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.stomptour.com.au.

Want to experience the rhythmic sensation of STOMP yourself? Thanks to Lunchbox Theatrical Productions we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 STOMP double passes (RRP $179.80 each), enter below for your chance to win:

1x double pass to see STOMP at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne on May 1 at 7pm
1x double pass to see STOMP at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide on June 6 at 8pm

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Nov 202017
 

If you go all gooey inside at the sight of a puppy and if your feet start tapping and your hips start swinging as soon as you hear a catchy tune you are in for a real treat… Gather the family, grab your friends and head to your local HOYTS cinema for a family movie that will have you dancing in your seat:

Pup Star
Welcome to a world where dogs can not only talk — they can SING!

Tiny, a cute little Yorkie pup with a big voice, gets a chance to audition for the singing competition for dogs, “Pup Star.” After she earns a place in the finale, she’s suddenly dog-napped!

But with the help of her new friend, Charlie, a retired rock- and-roller, she escapes. Together they leave on an incredible journey through some of music’s most iconic cities. They meet Big Ears — a soulful Bassett Hound who teaches Tiny to belt out the blues, Murray — a spiritual shaggy dog who helps her find her inner rhythm, and Emily Rose — a country- singing shepherd who helps her learn to sing from her heart.

Most important of all, they all encourage Tiny to believe in herself and never give up on her dreams!

Filled with all-new songs and the biggest cast of talking and singing canines ever assembled, Pup Star is an incredible family film filled with fun, music, and heart.

Pup Star will arrive in theatres Australia wide on November 25 and will be available on DVD from December 6, 2017.

To find out more about Pup Star, to locate a HOYTS cinema near you and to book your tickets online visit www.hoyts.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 10 Pup Star family passes hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, be quick as this super speedy giveaway ends on Thursday November 24, 2017.

Circus 1903 giveaway

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Nov 052016
 

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As we’re heading into the season of fuzzy feelings and memorable moments I think more and more about my childhood, I recall particular places, special smells and times spent with loved ones. Isn’t it amazing how your brain works? If you too would love to deposit a precious moment into your family’s memory bank this festive season here’s the perfect opportunity to do so:

The marvellous Circus 1903 will travel across Australia next month and set up camp in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne, where they are guaranteed to wow guests of all ages.

Created by the producers of The Illusionists, hailed ‘the world’s biggest magic show’, and the award-winning puppeteers from War Horse Circus 1903 takes its audience back to the golden age of circus. This family-friendly theatre show is a true spectacle that will have everyone sitting on the edge of their seat, get ready to be amazed by the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world.

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From strong men to contortionists, from acrobats to musicians, from knife throwers to the high wire and much more, Circus 1903 brings you the magic of the traditional circus in a refreshing new jacket. One of the most exciting twists is the use of carefully constructed and realistic puppets instead of actual animals, skilfully brought to life by the talented puppeteers from War Horse.

The crew of Circus 1903 will first step into the ring in Canberra on December 1 and the curtains will close in Melbourne on January 12, 2017. Don’t miss all the ‘big top action’ and book your seats today, ticket prices vary per location.

To find out more about Circus 1903, to view the tour schedule and to order your tickets online visit www.circus1903.com.

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