Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase

12 Acts, 2 Hours, 1 Night

Wednesday 18 March

Show Information

Dunedin’s most delectable platter of artistic talent is back!

The hugely popular Polson Higgs Opening Night Showcase is set to kick off the festival with energy and style.

A dazzling selection of performers will preview snippets of their Fringe events as a taster of what is on offer throughout the eleven day festival.

Hailing from local haunts and far-away lands, these acts are a testament to the high calibre and variety of events on offer – you’ll be simply spoiled for choice.

The Showcase will be presented by the equally astounding hosts Michele A’Court and Jeremy Elwood with house band ‘Koile playing from 7pm.

With a stellar lineup of talented performers including but not limited to James Mustapic, Chris Parker, James Nokise, music, queer cabaret, and all female 80s themed circus. It’s an unmissable extravaganza of premiere entertainment, so be sure to snap up your tickets fast!



Adult $20.00
Concession $15.00


House Information


We pride ourselves on being one of the most accessible venues in the city. We have flat access through our main doors and staff are more than happy to help with the doors if needed. Taxis can drop off and pick up patrons from outside these doors and we can order a taxi for you after the show.

There are accessible toilets on the lower level and a roomy lift provides access both to these facilities and to the Stalls seating. Seats in the Circle are accessed via several flights of stairs so we recommend patrons with mobility difficulties book seats in the Stalls.

We have seven dedicated wheelchair spaces and our events are available via an augmented hearing assistance system.

We also have opera glasses available for hire for $5 at the Box Office – just ask when you come in.

We encourage our patrons to discuss their needs with us so we can ensure they enjoy the show.

Bar Service

Our bars have a selection of New Zealand wines and beers as well as juices, water, light snacks and ice creams. The bars will be closed five minutes before the show’s published start time.

Theatre Etiquette

People come to the Regent Theatre to have a great night out. So everyone has a good time, we ask all our patrons to be courteous to those around them.

  • Please turn off all your electronic devices before you come into the auditorium.
  • If you have taken snacks from our bar back to your seat, try not to rustle when the house lights go down.
  • If you are late to a show, get comfortable in our bar area until we can turn the house lights back on so you can find your seat.
  • Camera flashes occasionally make performers stumble – over their lines or their feet – so we prefer that you don’t use flash (or any other) photography.
  • Please keep your feet on the floor – someone counting the beat on the back of your seat can be distracting.
  • Dancing in the aisles sounds like fun but it might make our Circle collapse. If you really need to dance (and it’s the right sort of show), please book seats in the Stalls or make your way out to the foyer.
  • We encourage you to introduce your children to the arts, but please also teach them to watch and listen quietly and peacefully.

17 The Octagon, Dunedin

PO Box 5036, Dunedin, 9058



Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Sat 10.30am - 1pm
Box office is also open one hour before shows