Zirka Circus to bring acrobatic clowns to town

The circus is coming to town. Zirka Circus is touring New Zealand with a new show called Out Of This World, including Globe of Death, the world's largest ever motorbike.

The silly clowns are back and they also have more amazing acrobatics, including several acts never before performed in New Zealand.

This is the second time Zirka Circus has toured New Zealand and they will be performing at the Racecourse in Rogan St, New Plymouth, from Wednesday through to Sunday of this week.

See this week's diary for performance times.

Baby, toddler friendly talks

Govett-Brewster Babes takes place at the gallery in New Plymouth on Friday at 10am.

You can join Govett-Brewster staff for a baby and toddler- friendly talk about the miniature paintings in the Sub-Topical Heat: New Art from South Asia exhibition. The cost is $5 for adults and includes morning tea.

On Sunday, Singer Songwriters at the Govett-Brewster is on from 3pm to 5pm. Local singer songwriters perform songs reflecting the power of water in response to works in the Sub-Topical Heat exhibition.

The exhibition's last day is Sunday. The installation by Indian N S Harsha Nations, which included 192 treadle sewing machines, is already being removed.

Steam band at jazz club

The volume will be loud and the variety of instruments huge when the 35 members of the Great Taranaki Steam Band perform on Sunday afternoon at the New Plymouth Club.

It is a highlight in their performance calendar when they make their yearly appearance at the Taranaki Jazz Club.

Essentially a symphonic concert band, this group of wind, reed, brass, percussion players and guest vocalists enjoys giving their rousing interpretation of the music of jazz's big band greats.

Among their repertoire are composers and band leaders such as Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Irving Berlin, Henry Mancini and Glenn Miller, plus medleys of other well-known standards.

In its 11th year under the musical direction of founder Stewart Maunder, the Steam Band received a silver award in the Concert Band Association nationals.

Doors open at 3.30pm for a 4pm start at the New Plymouth Club in Gill St and the day will finish at 7pm. The bar is open and meals are available. Admission: adults $16, NP Club members $13, jazz club members $10 and students $4.

Auditions for one-act plays

Hawera Repertory's first production for 2013 is a collection of three one-act plays written by Richard Harris and directed by Shane Martin and Hollie Weir.

Auditionees are required for Albert, which has a cast of one female and two males. It is a comedy about a Finn, an Italian and an Englishman, none of whom speak each other's language.

Plaster and Keeping Mum are from the collection Visiting Hour and need two females and one male.

Plaster, an adulterous husband bedridden after a car accident, is visited by his wife. How did the accident occur? What was he doing when it happened? Who was there? These are some of the questions that she wants answered.

Keeping Mum is about a worn, harassed, middle-aged daughter who sits at the hospital bedside of what appears to be her terminally ill mother.

She mulls aloud over the past few months, exploring her churning emotions of guilt, irritation and hate - all of which are underlined by a love which, tragically, is now too late to communicate.

Auditions are being held on Sunday at 7.30pm at Repertory House, Collins St, Hawera. For more information, phone Shane, 027 481 5923, or Hollie, 021 465 648, or visit hawerarep.org.

Comedy with dodgy deals

A madcap financial farce set in the very topical world of insurance, investments and KiwiSaver opens next Tuesday at New Plymouth Repertory Theatre.

Death and Taxe$! is a crime story, a ghost story and a comedy featuring dodgy deals, a potty psychic, a fishy tax inspector, a nutty cop, murder, mayhem and a hairy yak.

Gareth Burke, Destiny Life's top agent for three years in a row, wants to win the trip to Hawaii and take gorgeous receptionist Tiffany with him, but Lucille Potts is determined to be the first female agent to top the sales figures and has a supernatural plan to ensure victory.

Before he can take the prize, Gareth must overcome the obstacles in his path - an overbearing wife, a manic-depressive corporate motivator, the police, the Inland Revenue and even his own untimely death. The play is directed by April Krijger.

The cast includes Stephen Leeks, Candace Kensington, Kelle Aspinall, Laura Rayner, Shawn Stanley, Peter Whittaker and Shona Benton.

Death and Taxe$! runs until Saturday, December 1. The evening shows are at 8pm. Tickets are $18. (Ticketek bookings may incur a service fee.)

Christmas celebration

Mark Sunday, December 16, in your diary. It's Christmas at the Bowl, Taranaki's own celebration of Christmas. It is a fun-filled family evening, incorporating the biggest variety show of the year.

Gates open at 5pm. Preshow entertainment with Niteshift will begin at 7pm and then at 8pm Santa and his friends will entertain, along with the New Plymouth Brass Band and Mostly Martha. The evening will finish at 9.30pm with a Fireworks Spectacular.

Entry is by gold-coin donation, with candles and holders provided at the venue. Come along early with your family and picnic and enjoy the exceptional Taranaki talent, fireworks display and the opening night of the TSB Bank Festival of Lights.

Postponement night is Monday, December 17. Text BOWL to 4487 for weather updates on the day.

For more information, see christmasatthebowl.co.nz.

Taranaki Daily News