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Arts Festival special offer for UC Students

Play on

Fly My Pretties with a Shakespearean twist! Play On is a musical imagining of Shakespeare’s great soliloquies with an ‘All Star’ New Zealand cast. The brainchild of Paul McLaney, along with actor/directors Ian Mune and Peter Elliot, Play On combines the best in acting and music for an unforgettable experience.

In April 2016, award-winning musician Paul McLaney assembled an all star musical cast to perform Play On at Auckland’s Pop-up Globe Theatre. The magical sell-out show saw a collection of Shakespeare’s most well-known soliloquies performed as a song cycle by some of NZ’s most talented vocalists. This is a world first concept.

Play On will feature an all-star cast with Paul McLaney performing alongside Julia Deans, Maisey Rika, Ria Hall, Fran Kora, Laughton Kora, Mara TK, Andy Keegan (Drums), Richie Pickard (Bass) & string accompaniment from The Black Quartet.

Student tickets are now $25+Booking Fee (BF) (Usually $40+BF).

There are limited tickets at the UC student exclusive price. Get your tickets now. 

Find all show info here. 

Christchurch Arts Festival


The Christchurch Arts Festival is just around the corner, featuring over 50 events from 30 August – 17 September.

This year sees the biggest international line-up ever, with artists coming from places as diverse as China, Mexico, Denmark, the UK, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Australia and our own home-grown talent.

Go wild with a varied programme of dance, music, spoken word, visual art, theatre and comedy – find it all at Arts Festival!

Student prices have now been introduced for festival opening night performance Play On at the Isaac Theatre Royal on Wednesday 30 August, a musical imagining of Shakespeare’s soliloquies featuring a roll call of high profile NZ musicians. Read more>

There will also be limited $20 Student Rush tickets available from 30 minutes prior to selected performances, upon presentation of valid student ID. Performances with Student Rush tickets available will be posted on the Christchurch Arts Festival Facebook page.

The UC School of Music have two events as part of the Arts Festival:

Oresteia Experience on Sunday 10 September – A specially curated tour of UC’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities and the Logie Collection sets the scene for the New Zealand premiere of Iannis Xenakis’ operatic take on Aeschylus’ Oresteia at the Great Hall, The Arts Centre.
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Virtuosity Series – a series of three concerts at the School of Music Recital Room, The Arts Centre:
Virtuosity of Sound – Thursday 31 August
Virtuosity of Percussion – Monday 4 September
Viola/Violin Virtuoso – Sunday 17 September.
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The Arts Festival also pays homage UC legend Ernest Rutherford in Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! at the Great Hall, (The Arts Centre) 14 – 16 September, in which Ernest (played by Nic Sampson) gives his first lecture in over 70 years.

Thesis-in-Three competition finals

Thesis-in-three is a competition among the University Doctoral and research Masters students to describe in simple terms their research in three minutes and one powerpoint slide. During this event we will hear from up to 15 research students from all five Colleges.

The event is free and is a fantastic opportunity to hear about the exciting and diverse research that is going on at UC. Students, staff and public are welcome to attend. The top Masters and Doctoral student will represent UC at National and International events.

Date: 15 August, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Location: E8 (Engineering lecture theatre)

Professor Jon Harding
Dean of Postgraduate Research

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