Media release | Walk Backwards for Xmas, Yule love The Goon Show LIVE!
May 2015 | for immediate release
Entertainment Blue Mountains
Headline: Goon but not forgotten…
For anyone who loves British Comedy, a special treat is on offer at this year’s Yulefest Blue Mountains; The Goon Show, live on stage.
- The Goon Show LIVE! dinner and show
- A recreation of the original British cult comedy series, a Yulefest Blue Mountains event
- 27th June to 1st August 2015
- Hotel Blue, Katoomba, Blue Mountains NSW
- Bookings: goonshow.com.au or 02 4782 6922
Returning for its third consecutive year, The Goon Show LIVE!, delivers the high energy antics and snappy one-liners of the original BBC series which starred Spike Milligan (who wrote most of the 250 episodes), Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine (although Bentine left the Goons after only 38 shows).
The self-confessed British comedy and Goon-type nerds first appeared on ‘stage’ in 2013 at Katoomba’s famous Paragon Café as part of a dinner and show, and has enjoyed sell-out shows in Sydney and the Hunter Valley.
The Goon Show LIVE! is returning to the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, taking over a larger venue, Hotel Blue. Presented as part of the region’s annual Yulefest season, the event includes a traditional Christmas feast with all the trimmings and three classic Goons scripts, including ‘A Christmas Carol’, an irreverent rewrite of the original Dickens classic tale. The season opens on 27th June, running until 1st August 2015.
Often cited as the original cult comedy, the Goon Show is credited as being the inspiration for Monty Python, The Goodies and others. The Goon Show is so well revered that in 1981 Elton John is reported to have paid £14,000 at an auction of original Goon Show scripts.
An Australian homage to those comedy greats, The Goon Show LIVE! recreates the original broadcasts, including the improvisations which went to air. The show’s sound effects are also re-engineered, a final genuine touch. It is the only known long-running recreation of the series in the world.
It’s possible that Milligan, Sellers and Secombe are all spinning in their graves at the very idea of imposters taking their places; it’s probably only because they want to rise up and laugh at themselves.
Information and bookings: www.goonshow.com.au or phone 02 4782 6922.
Further information is available from the producer / director Bryan Cutts; 0418 241 218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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