An Evening With Joe Bennett
An Evening With Joe Bennett - Fish Like a Drink and Other Stories.
Prolific columnist and travel writer Joe Bennett says Fish Like a Drink…and Other Stories, will be an evening of free range conversation, where ‘what happens happens’.
Bennett’s presentation is at the Theatre Royal on 21 March and is based on stories, anecdotes and questions from the audience.
“People can fire any questions at me - there is nowhere we can’t go, no taboo questions,” Joe says. “Anything from earthquakes to sex - or even sex during earthquakes.”
Although he doesn’t know where the show will go until it starts, one thing he promises is, ‘if you don’t laugh, you can have your money back’.
Joe Bennett is no stranger to Nelson audiences. He has performed here several times, including sell-out shows at the 2011 and 2008 Nelson Arts Festivals, and he is looking forward to coming back.
“Nelson is a famously sunny place - and I mean that there is good cheer there,” he says. “It’s small enough that people feel they know each other and on the several occasions I’ve performed there I’ve always found the reception warm and generous.”
An Evening with Joe Bennett - Fish Like a Drink and Other Stories is presented by the Top of the South Arts Touring Consortium at the Theatre Royal Nelson, the NBS Theatre Westport and the Ashburton Trust Events Centre. Spokesperson Janice Marthen from Nelson’s Theatre Royal says they are thrilled to be able to bring the show here.
“Joe is off to the UK later this year so we are very lucky to catch him before he goes - the audience is in for a great night of hilarity and comment,” she says.
Since his last collection of columns, Joe’s been shaken and stickered, and faced arrest and court action in his battle against a council order to evacuate his quake-hit home. He also witnessed the reduction of ‘drinking holes’ from 25 down to one in his beloved Lyttelton.
Joe Bennett was born in Eastbourne, England. After leaving Cambridge University he taught English in several countries, including Canada, Spain, France and New Zealand, before quitting the classroom in 1998 to make his living as a writer. Joe’s newspaper columns are syndicated throughout the country and he has been judged New Zealand’s Columnist of the Year five times, most recently in 2011.
Page & Blackmore will have copies of Double Happiness: How Bullshit Works and his latest work Fish Like a Drink at the theatre for Joe to sign after the performance.
An Evening with Joe Bennett
- Fish Like a Drink and Other Stories is on at the
Theatre Royal, Nelson 21 March at 7.30pm. Reserved seating.
Ticket prices: Adults $20, Seniors $18, Royal Family $18,
Students $15 (plus service fees). Tickets available from the
Theatre Royal Box Office, 78 Rutherford Street, Nelson 03
548 3840 (option 2) or TicketDirect 0800 224 224 (toll