Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Hellcats Features Jazz At The Civic for AK05

Hellcats Features Jazz At The Civic for AK05

Cabaret divas Helen Medlyn and Penny Dodd team up again, sashaying their way through the jazz greats for a week-long season at The Civic in March.

THE EDGE® presents hellcats at AK05 Festival Club in the Winter Garden, The Civic from March 5 to 13.

Well-known as musicians in their own right, Helen and Penny regularly create their own cabaret shows which have delighted audiences for eight years.

Like their acclaimed shows, hell for leather, hellbent, hell on heels and to hell with love, hellcats draws on the rapport between these two women, developed over years of musical collaboration.

However, unlike past shows, hellcats will focus on one style of music - jazz -and feature a set of songs with the devilish Miss D on piano, the divine Miss M on vocals plus the sublime sounds of the Festival Club Band.

“From the American Songbook we’ve chosen a heap of delicious jazz standards, so George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Harold Arlen will all be in there,” Helen says.

Both divas enjoy successful careers, independent of each other. Helen is much sought-after and regularly appears in operas, musical theatre productions and classical concerts, last year invited by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to sing in “Dame Kiri and Friends”. Penny is in demand as an arranger, conductor and pianist and is well-known for her work on the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park outdoor extravaganzas and her Symphonic Rock concerts.

Helen and Penny say that creating their own shows gives them the opportunity to play and perform the music they love.

“They are pure, unadulterated self-indulgence. We have the best fun putting these shows together and what’s great is that the people who come to them seem to have the best fun too!”

hellcats is presented as part of THE EDGE® STAMP programme, dedicated to nurturing new work and local talent.

hellcats is at the AK05 Festival Club in the Winter Garden, The Civic, THE EDGE® from Friday 5 March to Sunday 13 March at 7.30pm. No show Monday. Tickets are available from Ticketek, ph: (09) 307-5000 or online at

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news