Amanda Palmer will present this show with no band accompaniment, performing material from her critically-hailed global album and tour There Will Be No Intermission, alongside old favourites from The Dresden Dolls and – surprise! – new songs freshly-written during Level Four lockdown right here in Hawkes Bay, Aotearoa.

Expect a night of graphic, honest, funny storytelling and very human and vulnerable songcraft. Handkerchiefs will be for sale.

Provocative, irreverent, and wildly creative, Amanda Palmer is a fearless singer, songwriter, playwright and audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of music, audience and art.

WELLINGTON
ST PETERS CHURCH
SATURDAY 29TH, AUGUST 2020

Tickets on sale from fringe.co.nz
Existing ticket holders Wednesday 22 July AFP Patreon Presale Thursday 23 July Public sales opening on Friday 24 July

Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer, who is currently residing in Aotearoa until the smoke clears in her home of New York, which means she may be here a long time, returns to make up her canceled Wellington show, with 500% more pain, love and pathos than usual. Piano songs, ukulele songs, life stories, old favorites by The Dresden Dolls, and brand-new material written during Level 4 lockdown will all be on offer. Handkerchiefs for tears will be for sale.

HAWKES BAY
TOITOI – HAWKES BAY OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY 11TH, SEPTEMBER 2020

Tickets onsite from toitoivenues.co.nz AFP Patreon Presale Wednesday 22 July Presale Thursday 23 July Public sales opening on Friday 24 July

Caught in Hawkes Bay for the outbreak of Covid, and currently residing in Hastings until the smoke clears in her hometown of New York, the front-woman of the internationally acclaimed punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer presents a very special show at Toitoi – Hawkes Bay Opera House.

“I wasn’t supposed to be touring, since I just finished up a whole year on the road. But I didn’t expect to be waylaid in Aotearoa for five months, either. The fact that I can perform on a real stage in front of real-live human beings is not something I am taking for granted, and I expect these shows will be incredibly powerful.” – Amanda Palmer

The unapologetic frontwoman of the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer came to Aotearoa in March on the last leg of her third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission tour. She played two sold-out shows at Auckland’s Hollywood Cinema as part of The Auckland Arts Festival and a one-off South Island show in Christchurch.

“It was an epic, exhausting four-hour gig, combining intense spoken-word storytelling with Palmer’s cathartic songs.” – Radio NZ National.

For many, these were the last international shows in Aotearoa.

Her (sold out) Wellington show scheduled for Monday, 16th March was cancelled to the public and Amanda chose to live-stream her last show, alone with a ukulele and keyboard in a deserted hall in Wellington. Visitors from around the world streamed in to watch, topping 3200 viewers at one point.

After this, Amanda found herself in lockdown in a Hawkes Bay Airbnb (thank god it came with a piano) with her son Ash for eight weeks. They watched Jacinda Ardern’s live broadcasts daily, she celebrated her 44th birthday. When lockdown lifted they slowly emerged, integrating themselves into their new community. Ash is now going to school and Amanda is busking at the local farmers market. They are both so humbled and grateful to Aotearoa.

“I sort of still can’t believe all of this; my path, my luck, and most of all, the grandeur of generosity that the locals here in Hawkes Bay have shown towards me as I’ve struggled with one weird turn after another. It’s been….remarkable.”

Fast forward to August 2020 and Amanda is ready to finally get back on the road. She’s had enough time to get her s**t together and is heading back to the stage.

For many, these will be the first international shows in Aotearoa. How lucky are we right now?

Amanda is not going to perform There Will Be No Intermission – the 4+ hour stage show that she was touring around the globe before…y’know….happened. Instead she will be doing something even better: She’s going to wind together parts of the show with the truth of what’s happening right here, right now, on our fragile and in-trouble planet.

WELLINGTON
ST PETERS CHURCH
SATURDAY 29TH, AUGUST 2020

HAWKES BAY
TOITOI – HAWKES BAY OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY 11TH, SEPTEMBER 2020

Wednesday 22 July: Wellington: Pre-existing ticket holders ONLY onsale. Toitoi: Patreon presale starts. Thurs 22 July: Wellington Patron and Wello Fringe Tix presale opens, Toitoi and HBAF presale open for Hawke’s Bay. Friday 24 July: Public sales open.

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