In Conversation with Margaret Atwood

The publication of The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy-award winning television series have created a sweeping global cultural phenomenon, as ‘handmaids’ have become a symbol of women’s rights, standing against misogyny and oppression.

In Conversation with Margaret Atwood is an Australian premiere literary event spanning the breadth of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works and why, in the Booker Award winning The Testaments, she has returned to her seminal story, 34 years later.

Join us for an unmissable evening of conversation, discussion and Q & A with one of the most vital authors of her generation, as Margaret Atwood shares her signature insight, humour and intellect.

“A word, after a word, after a word, is power” Margaret Atwood

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The Showdown

ATC Australia’s premier two-day championship. Our most prestigious event on the calendar where teams will compete over two days to see who can “Throwdown at the Showdown”. Lights, stage and concert sound, this is where you put on the best show you have to wow the crowds and judges and see who shall be crowned Showdown champions for the year.

Cheer Highlights:

  • Hosted in the the heart of Downtown Convention Centers only!
  • One full-paid and four at large bids to The International Summit (Perth & Adelaide)
  • Two full-paid and four at-large bids to The WA Showdown (Adelaide Event)
  • Two full-paid and four at-large bids to The SA Showdown (Perth Event)
  • One paid and four at-large bids to the International Summit In Walt Disney World
  • International judging panel made of the best judges from all over the world
  • 25% Day 1 and 75% Day 2 scoring split
  • Accuscore review process and Video replay for Coaches
  • Video playback for athletes, Cheer Replay for coaches
  • All the same as major championships in the USA
  • Novice/Tiny, University & School compete on Friday night or Saturday morning for one day fee
  • Top 3 placement Medals
  • Placement banners for top 5
  • Level and Grand Champion Banners
  • Participant Banners for all competitors
  • Program Champion for Cheer

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Jo Koy – Just Kidding World Tour

After a sell-out tour in Australia last year, Jo Koy is on his way back as part of his Just Kidding World Tour! As one of today’s premiere stand-up comics Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. The comedian, who pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, sells-out arenas and theatres across the world.

In 2017, Koy broke a record for the most tickets sold by a single artist at 23,000 tickets and 11 sold-out shows at The Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. In response, the mayor’s office in Honolulu proclaimed November 24th as “Jo Koy Day.” The comedian continued his record-breaking streak by being the only comedian to sell out 6 shows at The Warfield in San Francisco. He then broke the attendance record at Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg with 4 sold-out shows. In 2019, Koy sold-out 5 shows at the San Diego Civic Theatre, the most consecutive sold-out shows for a comedian. He recently became the only comedian to sell 17,000+ tickets, over 30 shows (in one year) at the Brea Improv.

He was given the prestigious “Stand-Up Comedian Of The Year” award at the 2018 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. He has had four highly rated and successful comedy specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. His 2019 Netflix special, ​Comin’ In Hot is currently streaming world-wide. Koy is on a mission to educate the masses on how to raise a millennial, the intricacies of Filipino traditions, and more!

In 2019, the comedian reached #1 on the Billboard Charts for his stand-up comedy album, ​Live From Seattle.​ H​e can also be heard on his weekly podcast, ​The Koy Pond with Jo Koy ​by Starburns Audio. Listeners can dive in each week as Koy welcomes friends and fellow comedians to share their hilarious insights on life.

Koy has appeared on over 140 episodes of ​Chelsea Lately as a season regular roundtable guest. Other appearances include: ​The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, Lights Out with David Spade, @Midnight with Chris Hardwick, Beat Bobby Flay, The Breakfast Club, Celebrity Page TV,​ ​World’s Funniest Fails and Sean In The Wild.

This tour is going to be HUGE! Don’t miss out!

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An Evening with Randy Newman

American music legend, Randy Newman, returns to Australia in January-February 2020, for the first time in almost ten years.
With a career spanning five decades, a catalogue of songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical, plus a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman is a cultural icon, a “national treasure” (NPR).

“Few songwriters can cut to the quick the way Newman does. He remains a great American songbook unto himself.” – The Guardian

Since 1968, Newman has released a slew of solo records, most recently 2017’s critically acclaimed Dark Matter, which includes the Grammy Award-winning track ‘Putin’. His legendary repertoire includes ‘Short People’, ‘You Can Leave Your Hat On’, ‘I Love LA’, ‘Sail Away’, ‘Mama Told Me (Not To Come)’ to name a few.

Newman’s impressive, prolific talent has also seen him score all four Toy Story films, along with feature pictures Monsters Inc. and Monsters University, Seabiscuit, Cars, A Bug’s Life and Meet The Parents amongst others. In 2018 he collaborated with Rex Orange County on his version of Newman’s ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’, and in 2019, in addition to Toy Story 4, he collaborated with Chance The Rapper on ‘5 Year Plan’ for the album The Big Day.

Randy Newman’s incredible list of accolades includes seven Grammys, three Emmys, and two Academy Awards (from an incredible twenty nominations), as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

An Evening with Randy Newman promises to be a magical night, a taste of a storied career that has brought joy to generations. Australian audiences are in for a treat when this legend touches down in January.

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Dylan Moran – Dr Cosmos Tour

Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.  

Moran has been called the Oscar Wilde of comedy and his famed style – deadpan, witty and crackpot lyricism – promises to be an unmissable journey through his interpretations of the world, swerving cliche to offer a cutting blow to our idiosyncrasies.

Dylan Moran is a comedian, actor and writer who, in 1996 at the Edinburgh Fringe, became the youngest ever winner of the Perrier Award. He went on to co-write and star in Black Books which won two BAFTAs. Other notable screen roles include Notting Hill, Calvary, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run. Moran has toured the world many times, including versions of his show as far afield as Kazakhstan, Ukraine and across the US. His last tour, Off the Hook, took in 149 dates across the globe.

Don’t miss the one and only Dylan Moran! These shows will sell out!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Due to popular demand, Dylan Moran will now be taking the stage for a second show on Friday 15 November.

★★★★ “Trumping Shakespeare, he reduces life to four ages: “Child, failure, old and dead”. Faced with one-liners as killing as that the world suddenly seems a better place.”

The Telegraph

★★★★ “His comedy takes on an existential dimension, as tubby, nicotine-starved, emasculated Moran comes to represent the struggles we all wage for meaning and connection”

The Guardian

★★★★ “High-octane riffs from Irish master of grumpiness…spellbinding”

Evening Standard

★★★★ “In his heightened ideas and vocabulary, Moran compulsively swerves clichés as he builds up layers of laughs… funny and fascinating, and utterly deserving of his place in the modern classics’

The Times

Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing

Emmy-nominated television personality, podcaster and hairstylist to the stars, Jonathan Van Ness, is set to bring his Road to Beijing world tour to Australia this February!

As the star of the Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones, and the Emmy-winning reality show Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness has become known in the entertainment industry for his fabulous, unstoppable energy. For the first time, he will bring that energy to the stand-up stages in Australia and New Zealand in February 2020, with his unforgettable live show, serving cirque-du-so-gay-realness between stand-up sets so good your face will be in need of a massage from all the smiling. It’s all inspired by his ongoing attempt—and lifelong obsession—to become a figure-skating prodigy just in time for the next Olympic cycle, which just so happens to be in 2022 in Beijing!

As well as shining as Queer Eye’s groomer, hair guru and self-care advocate, Jonathan starred on the Emmy-nominated series “Gay of Thrones” (Funny or Die), a witty social commentary series recapping HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” Launched in 2013, the series just wrapped its seventh and final season and garnered Emmy nominations in 2016 and 2018 for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series.’

Van Ness also continues to work on his passion project, his podcast “Getting Curious,” a weekly exploration of all the things Jonathan is curious about. The podcast was listed as one of the Top Podcasts of 2018 by Time Magazine, and recently won the iHeart Radio Award for Best LGBTQ Podcast. 2018 was a breakthrough year for Jonathan, who realized two new passions – for the arts of stand-up comedy and figure skating. Most recently, Jonathan announced that his revelatory memoir, OVER THE TOP, will be released in September 24, 2019.

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Louis Theroux Live Without Limits

After a sell-out tour in 2016, the king of documentaries, Louis Theroux, returns to the Australian stage with a brand-new live show: Louis Without Limits.

Join the fearless multi award-winning BBC filmmaker for an evening of insight and exploration as he delves into subjects from his extraordinary catalogue of work. From the scary truth of the opioid epidemic and the dark reality behind sex-trafficking, to religious extremes and a whole new rulebook on modern-day relationships, Louis tackles it all with first-hand insight and his trademark sense of humour.

Step inside Louis’ weird and wonderful mind and discover behind-the-scenes secrets as he relives his most famous encounters, and what happened after the cameras stopped rolling. Joining Louis will be host Julia Zemiro and special guest Megan Phelps-Roper, one his most infamous documentary subjects who featured in The Most Hated Family in America.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the legend, Louis Theroux. Coming to Australia and Auckland this January.

Warning: this event invites you to step inside Louis Theroux’s weird and wonderful mind. Strong language and unusual humour may not be suitable for young people.

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An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson’s farewell Australia tour is a celebration of the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, informative look at his remarkable journey from the pit village in Yorkshire to the BBC with a talk show that for many defined their Saturday night.

It will also be a chance for Sir Michael to fondly remember his time in Australia and some of the fascinating colourful and engaging people he met and interviewed which cemented his love affair with the land Down Under

You’ll see him dance with Will Smith, sing with Bing Crosby, kiss Lauren Bacall, flirt with Bette Davis, laugh with Billy Connolly, spar with Muhammad Ali, have an audience with Dame Edna Everage, marvel at Sir David Attenborough plus many, many more household names.

Don’t miss this very special farewell tour.

 

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Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September & October.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people ‘freaked out’, to employ a phrase I never use. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – In Concert

Experience the complete Star Wars film on the giant screen with John Williams’ epic score played live by WASO.

As Imperial Forces launch an all-out attack on the Rebel Alliance, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) flee to Cloud City where they are captured by Darth Vader. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) journeys to the mysterious, marshy planet of Dagobah, where the wise Jedi Master Yoda teaches the young hero the ways of the Force.

Little does Luke know that all his Jedi training will be called upon so soon. A stunning revelation – and a seeming life-or-death duel with Darth Vader – await.

This performance includes subtitles on the screen.

Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm, and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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