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My Name is Moana

My Name is Moana is an intimate, lively and entertaining 100-minute tribute to the ocean led by singer and songwriter Moan Maniapoto and her sister Trina. Their music so interwoven with NZ identity, has taken them from garage parties in South Auckland to exotic stages right around the world.
Formed in 2002, Moana & the Tribe have played hundreds of international concerts on stages in Budapest, Istanbul, Moscow, Berlin, Toronto, Venice, Shanghai and Seoul, including the Sydney Opera House twice - but never a woolshed. An Art Laureate, Moana competed with 11,000 others to win the Grand Jury Prize of the International Songwriting Contest. She co-wrote her 5th album with paddy Free, of Perth Black fame.
Haere mai! Let Moana and her talented musicians host you with their own little garage party. Join us for a delightful showcase of sublime singing and captivating storytelling that will draw you in, encourage you to think, feel, laugh, and sing along and probably even dance.

Date: Saturday 6th May
Duration: 2x50 minute sets including interval
Appeal: Music Lovers, Proud New Zealanders
Tickets: Saturday 6th May


Gloria's Handbag

A modern, magical mystery with music from The Magic Flute. “It’s imperative to have a good handbag when you’re on the way out.”

It is 2021 in Nelson and Gloria, aged 97, has not long to live. Her son Craig is pushing her to move to a “retireville” but she wants to die in her own home. On a whim, Gloria buys an extraordinary designer handbag. This purchase sets off a series of unusual events, which transform Gloria’s remaining days and enable her to send a message to the future.

Written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider (Meeting Karpovsky, Playing Miss Havisham); handbag design by Gillie Coxill; First production – Circa Theatre, Wellington (March 2014).

“Highly enjoyable entertainment” - Dominion Post

“There are so many goodies in Gloria’s Handbag, it’s well worth rummaging through” - Theatreview

“Helen Moulder as Gloria is a marvel…six characters, expert storytelling, opera singing and magic tricks, all performed by a cast of one” - Keeping up with NZ.

Date: Monday 22nd May
Duration: 80 minutes no interval
Appeal: Theatre audiences of all ages 12+
Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event


Toru - Crossing Borders

Toru re-ignites a 25-year musical association between Denny Stanway-Young, James Wilkinson and Davy Stuart from Rua, The Two Jimmies, Hampster, String Wizardry and Claddagh respectively. Toru cross borders of love, landscape, loss, friendship and heritage. Denny Stanway-Young’s performances are described as rich, expressive, beautifully arranged and musically powerful. Both Denny and James have collaborated with legendary songwriters Mahinarangi Tocker and Shona Laing and Denny has been described as “the consummate singer…” “a voice you won’t soon forget…” “A true ‘diva’ of song…”. James Wilkinson is a virtuoso guitarist and fretless bassist who has been performing for over 30 years. As a singer/songwriter, guitarist, bassist, and composer, his work has straddled multiple genres such as Celtic, folk, blues and rock. For the past 15-years Davy Stuart has been playing with harpist Helen Webby, the duo recording 3 CDs and extensively touring NZ and Australia, with nationwide tours for both Arts on Tour NZ and Chamber Music NZ. Toru combine dazzling string artistry with guitars, bouzouki, fiddle and percussion with stunning vocal arrangements paying tribute to their varied heritage and other New Zealand musical heroes.

The Deluxe Theatre really is the life and soul of our community. Date: Tuesday 20th June
Duration: 2 hours with interval
Appeal: All ages and lovers of acoustic music
Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event


Words & Music

Poet and singer Hinemoana Baker will team up with top singer songwriter and recording artist Charlotte Yates, and multi-instrumentalist Gil Eva Craig (acoustic bass/guitar-lele/tenor-horn) in a double trouble double bill celebrating their wonderful mix of words and music. This concert will show-case the latest releases and much-loved favourites from Charlotte and Gil, as well as songs and poems hot off the press from Hinemoana. It begins with Hinemoana’s utterly engaging readings of her poetry and swiftly merges in haunting song, sharing the stage with Charlotte on Baker’s song Where shall I Wander’. Charlotte & Gil head up the second half of the show with songs a-plenty, until they’re reinforced by Hinemoana for a dynamic and satisfying romp to the musical finish line. A great evening of crafty lyrics and luscious harmonies.

Date: Thursday 10th August
Duration: 1.5 hours with interval
Appeal: Music, Theatre Writers audience
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Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event

Bill Massey's Tourists

Bill Massey’s Tourists has left audiences weeping and laughing up and down the country. Bolwell plays her adolescent self, trying to get her grandfather Arthur to talk about his war. After much pestering, he succumbs. What follows is a gripping, painful and sometimes hilarious tale of a young Kiwi soldier from the Otago Mounted Rifles (one of Bill Massey’s Tourists) who with his mate Cyril, survives the terrible tragedy of Passchendaele. The play is enlivened with dance sequences set to amusing and original WW1 soldiers’ ditties and First World War poems. “A terrific script. A great performance. A tale well told. Knocked me for six.” (Raymond Hawthorne: veteran Auckland theatre director) “This exceptional performer, Jan Bolwell, is blessed with an irrepressible joie-de-vivre that communicates itself instantly to the audience, so that her grandfather’s war story is illuminating and memorable, but also surprisingly enjoyable.” Terry MacTavish Theatreview 2014

Date: Tuesday 5th September
Duration:70 minutes no interval (Q&A afterwards)
Appeal: Theatre audiences, dance specialists, war veterans, historians and high school students
Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event

Andrew London Trio

Subtle and occasionally subversive satirical songs about the trivia and minutiae of daily life from the point of view of a middle-aged, middle-class, Middle Earther, delivered in a deceptively innocuous 1940s swing style with occasional forays into folk, blues, country and hip-hop. This trio carries on in the tradition of Hot Club Sandwich, who have toured extensively throughout New Zealand since the early 1990s, enabling singer/songwriter Andrew London to gather material from the shearing sheds of Southland to the corporate boardrooms of Queen Street. Themes cover the gamut from pretentious socialites, male insecurity and modern parenthood to driving habits, rugby culture and the depredations of ageing. The obvious opportunity for humour in these themes is eagerly seized upon and exploited mercilessly, but occasional poignancy and pathos are never far away. Beatle-esque vocal harmonies are added by Kirsten London on bass, and ex-HCS sax/clarinetist Nils Olsen.

Date: Thursday 5th October
Duration: 2x50 minute sets including interval
Appeal: Folk, Jazz, comedy audiences, fans of satire and musical comedy
Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event

Manos Del Chango

Part man, part wheel, Delaney Davidson is an Art’s Foundation Laureate 2015, 3 x winner of APRA Country Song of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013) and New Zealand’s Own World-Class Rambling Troubadour. Awards here, collaborations there, a non-stop whirlwind. Using his unmistakable dark take on guitar-driven Blues, Country and Rockabilly, Davidson is joined by Los Angeles’ own Mexican songbird Nicole Izobel Garcia. Well known for her stage presence and commanding vocal style, she brings with her a timeless voice, dusty keyboard and classic drum machine. Together they present their World Debut Show combining live music with projected image: Spanish sagas of love and betrayal, Swiss parables of adoration and revenge, Southern Gothic blues and 40’s Mexican Bolero Cabaret Trash. They play live soundtrack to the films they show: the inky shadows of L.A. Noir meet the glowing surrealism of Georges Méliès. Do not miss this Exclusive Performance as they bring to life these age-old stories. The programme is made up of a special collection of musical scores, film footage and tales from the Americas, Eastern Europe and some of their own.

Date: Tuesday 21st November
Duration: 2x45 minute sets including interval
Appeal: Lovers of old music, adventurers of new music, appreciators of film and theatre
Tickets: The Travel Shop Opotiki or door sales 3 weeks before event

(6) Comments

  1. Opotiki Deluxe Theatre - Shows
    Kayla May Cronin December 1, 2016 Reply

    Amazing support from the theatre for my recent fundraiser for the opotiki college year 10 camp. It was an awesome experience for our young people to organise because of the great staff and their excellent communication. We raised a lot of money. So thank you guys so much !! Totally recommended.

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      De luxe Theatre December 1, 2013 Reply

      Thanks for the great feedback Kayla. Congratulations on a job well done.

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    Sandra Thompson February 17, 2017 Reply

    Oldie but definitely a goodie. Makes you think about the shows that must have gone across the boards back in the day.

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    Matewai Wharepapa September 6, 2016 Reply

    Quite proud of how our little cinema manages to get the newest movies out! It is also a great venue to hold functions like birthdays x Staff are awesome and friendly as well x

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      De luxe Theatre December 1, 2013 Reply

      Thank you Matewai. We love our theatre. Things can only get better too.

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    Janie Joy January 5, 2017 Reply

    My kids and i had a great experience yesterday . Staff were very friendly and place was nice and clean ! We will definitely be back!

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    Katerina Adams July 5, 2016 Reply

    Such a top class movie theatre way out in the wopwops with up-to-date films, lovely service from volunteers. A great community facility. And ridiculously cheap!

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    Kayla May Cronin December 1, 2016 Reply

    Always a pleasure
    Service is great
    Cute and Cosy