Hot tip: 'It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To)'

The latest play reading by Remarkable Theatre is of a "dark comedy about a dysfunctional family everyone can relate to", director and co-star Victoria Keating says.

The Queenstown theatre group returns to Dux de Lux on Sunday night for its second "relaxed and informal" rehearsed reading of a popular play for the paying public.

Ms Keating, Kathleen Brentwood, David Cantwell, Andrew Edgar, Samuel Farr and Zelia Horrell act in Elizabeth Coleman's play It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To).

Ron Patterson is told by his doctor he has three months to live. His wife Dawn invites their children around to spend some quality time together, but they do not know why.

"It's a play we have liked in the past," Ms Keating said this week.

"Play reading is an opportunity to test the water and gauge an audience's response in an actors' studio-type format without too much pressure."

It's My Party (And I'll Die If I Want To) begins at the pub in Church St at 7pm. Admission costs $10 and includes one drink.

Remarkable Theatre performs play readings on the first Sunday of each month.


Angela Winkler and Uwe Bohm star in the German film Vacation (2007), screened by the Queenstown Film Society on Tuesday. Photo supplied.
Angela Winkler and Uwe Bohm star in the German film Vacation (2007), screened by the Queenstown Film Society on Tuesday. Photo supplied.
Picks of the week
Today
7pm:
Les Alpes Restaurant hosts Queenstowners Nigel Hirst, on alto saxophone, and Mark Wilson, on keyboard, for the Friday Jazz Club. Free.Tomorrow

6pm: A five-course degustation dinner matched with award-winning Gibbston Valley wine is served to ticket-buyers to celebrate the 25th harvest in Gibbston Valley at Gibbston Valley Station. Guest speakers: Alan Brady, Christopher Keys and Josie Spillane. Auction of vintage wine in support of Cure Kids. Tickets $120.

7.30pm: Live and silent bidding begins for the St Joseph's School PTA fundraising art auction in the Queenstown Room, fifth floor, Rydges Lakeland Queenstown. Admission $15, doors open 6.30pm. Viewing in the Queenstown Room from 2pm to 4pm. Admission gold-coin donation.

7.30pm: Bachelor and Bachelorette's Singles Ball for people aged 25 years and over, Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. Tickets $70 per person from the Lakes District Museum, Arrowtown, include beverage and canapes. Cash bar. Live music by Invercargill's Lipstick.

10pm: Queenstown trio Ghettoblaster delivers reggae, funk and soul-fuelled originals in Dux de Lux. Free.

Tuesday
8.30pm
: Ana, Robert and son Max plan an idyllic sojourn at their country house, but a fragile unity is disrupted when the extended family shows up to vent past resentments in German drama Vacation (2007), for Queenstown Film Society members with the support of the Goethe-Institut, Dorothy Brown's Cinema, Arrowtown.

Wednesday
9pm
: Taxi Trio - Jamie Reylton, Greg Alpine and Matt Wilson - play modern jazz in Barmuda. Free.

Thursday
8pm
: The Murder Chord, an Auckland piano-driven punk-rock/swing-stomp duo play the Red Rock Bar and Cafe. Free.