Six months’ worth of entertainment to inspire and delight, UXBRIDGE aims to fill your diaries with interesting ways to spend your days… and nights… and weekends…

A Journey

Nina Johnson has come to wilderness of Whatipu to reckon and wrestle with her identity and the musical manifestation of who she truly is. Far from the land of her birth, she encounters her grief as the ghosts of family lost wash ashore. Nina must face the past that they carry with them, and embrace the tides to rediscover her song.

An artist’s journey told through film, puppetry, music and spoken word, (on) WHATIPU is an original devised piece by Navi Collaborative alongside other Auckland creatives.

DATE: FRI 22 FEB & SAT 23 FEB

TIME: 7:30PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $22

STUDENT ADMISSION: $20

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Peppino D’Agostino, is a world class acoustic guitar player (voted one of the world’s 50 best acoustic guitarists by Acoustic Guitar Magazine 2017). Peppino has shared stages the world over with guitar giant Tommy Emmanuel and countless others.

Peppino is known for his remarkable technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects along with his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes. His live performances, a combination of beautiful, complex, up tempo original instrumentals, memorable arrangements and engaging songs, are beautifully addictive.

This is Peppino’s first visit to New Zealand, so be sure not to miss this exciting unique opportunity to experience this renowned guitarist and his music!

DATE: FRI 8 MAR

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING: $32

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Laugh your way into the weekend!

Headlining our comedy night is WILSON DIXON, bringing his unique brand of laconic storytelling and hilarious songs back to UXBRIDGE. You are in for a night of laughter from this slow-speaking, wise-cracking Colorado cowboy, Wilson Dixon.

Joining him on stage will be some of the best up and coming comedians which will be announced soon. Start your weekend off with a night of great comedy!

DATE: Friday 15 MAR

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING: $32

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A stellar line up of some of N.Z. best jazz musicians. Featuring Maria O’Flaherty on vocals, Ben Fernandez on piano, David Hodkinson on bass and Stephen Thomas on drums.  Come and be seduced by their contagious love of music.

DATE: FRI 22 MAR

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING: $32

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A Play By Apirana Taylor

A lively, modern retelling of the long ago exploits of Kupe, great Pacific explorer and navigator, created by leading Māori writer Apirana Taylor and performed by Tola Newbery.

Poet Apirana Taylor has penned a lyrical account of Kupe’s many exploits. Myriad narratives are woven to form an ambitious fifty-minute show.

Kupe’s exploits in Aotearoa are the subject of an epic poem originally commissioned by the New Zealand Festival.

Poet and storyteller Apirana’s work for solo actor is engaging, informative and suffused with beautiful symbolism. With creative license he darts from episode to episode on Kupe’s journey around Aotearoa. An heroic picture is drawn of the man many believe was the first visitor to these shores.

DATE: SUN 24 MAR

TIME: 1PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE

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Join UXBRIDGE Arts and Culture for a fabulous day of breath-taking art at the world renowned Gibbs Farm.

Gibbs Farm is a sculpture park like no other and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.  Across the manicured lawns are dotted the most awe inspiring sculptures by some of the world’s best artists. This visit will leave you inspired, breathless and eager for more.

DATE: THU 11 APR 2019

TIME: 10:00AM to 2:00PM

ADULT TICKETS:  $80

CHILD TICKETS:  $20

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What only has three legs and one eye; likes to listen to country music; is quite tall, slim and smells really, really bad? A stinky dinky, lanky, honky tonky, winky, wonky donkey of course!

Craig Smith is a well known children’s author and singer songwriter of the award-winning Wonky Donkey and he is heading back to UXBRIDGE. Armed with his guitar, a number of puppets and costumes, he is bringing his fun interactive show with his favourite characters. This show is not to be missed! (suitable for 2-9 year olds)

DATE: WED 17 APR

TIME: 11AM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $15

FLOOR MATS:  $12

 

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Jazz and Classical worlds find common ground

Charlie Parker with Strings was an album by jazz musician Charlie Parker, released by Verve Records in January 1995.The sessions place Parker in the context of a small classical string section and a jazz rhythm section, rather than his standard bebop quintet. They were Parker’s most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988.

Famed American alto-saxophonist Dick Oatts combines with a rhythm section,

string quartet, two woodwind players under the musical direction of iconic kiwi jazz musician Rodger Fox will recreate this series of musical arrangements as well as adding new arrangements of “Parkers” Bebop.

DATE: SAT 20 APR

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $48

 

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Toe Tappin’ night!

Three of the country’s finest musicians stomp and parp across a musical landscape of blues, roots, soul and jazz live on stage. You’ll see sweat dripping from the furrowed foreheads of these musicians as they ring every last decibel from their trumpets, trombones, tubas, bass clarinets, tenor saxophones, cornets and pianos. Did we mention the vibraphone….? It’s an exotic and atmospheric pitched percussion instrument usually found at the back of the orchestra or holding up a Henry Mancini

DATE: FRI 10 MAY

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING: $32

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The Nukes from West Auckland are far more than a ukulele band. Part vaudeville, part rat-pack, part musical car crash, this talented trio deliver an engaging mix of humour and originality that audiences of all ages will love. Aotearoa’s favourite original ukulele trio began life in a humble but spectacular fashion way back in the heady days of 2008. Founded by Dave Parker, Ben Collier and Dave ‘Snapper’ Thiele, The Nukes promptly set about carving themselves a cozy niche in the cutthroat world of the New Zealand ukulele scene. Many roads have been travelled in the decade since, many songs have been sung and many challenges overcome.

Luckily you won’t have to wait too long because the lads are coming back to UXBRIDGE!

DATE: SAT 8 JUN

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING: $32

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Lunch time will never be the same!

Get ready to take your seats for our fabulous Friday concerts: the best of our local youth talent is waiting in the wings, ready to knock your socks off! Wintery Friday lunchtimes will never be the same again. Let these promising young musicians inspire and delight you with classical, jazz, contemporary and everything in-between.

DATE: FRIDAYS 31 MAY – 28 JUN

TIME: 12PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $5

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Swing, funk and everything in between!

It has been more than three years but we have listened and we are bringing our Big band night back for one evening of great music, the show will feature four High School Big Bands from the Eastern suburbs: Edgewater, Howick, Pakuranga ad Sancta Maria Colleges. The bands will play a variety of popular jazz styles such as swing, Latin and funk as well as classic standards from Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The last time we brought these schools together the tickets sold out within days, so don’t delay, get your tickets now!

DATE: FRI 28 JUN

TIME: 7PM

GENERAL ADMISSION $12

FAMILY PASS  $40

(2 x adults & 2 x children or 1 x adult & 3 x children)

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Ever had an Uber driver who was a bit of a comedian? Well we’ve got a comedian who is a bit of an Uber driver. Take a ride with Tarun Mohanbhai and catch the stories from his passengers on the journey Tarun took to become a bona fide Uber driver. Request your tickets immediately!

DATE: FRI 21 JUN

TIME: 8PM

GENERAL ADMISSION: $29

TABLE SEATING:  $32

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Coming for a show?

antipasto platter

Food and entertainment are made to be together! Arrive a little early and share a platter or if you have a table booked we can have the platter delivered to your table for the show starting.

$20.00$80.00

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Arts Expression of Interest

Programming at UXBRIDGE is curated by the Event Manager and all proposals are given consideration. UXBRIDGE aims to present high quality performances which entertain and inspire our audiences.

UXBRIDGE Theatre is a place to be entertained; a home for all artists to showcase their talents in Theatre, Music, Dance, Comedy and everything in between. We aim to offer a balanced, year-round programme, attracting a diverse range of audiences.

If you think you could be part of the UXBRIDGE programme please contact programmes@uxbridge.org.nz.