The New Blue is a unique festival performance showcasing the song-book of New Zealand’s first recording pop star, Pixie Williams and the music that influenced her.
In 1949, Pixie Williams gave voice to one of the most enduring popular melodies of the twentieth century – Blue Smoke. No-one would have foreseen that the shy young country girl’s move from Mohaka to Wellington would set her on the path to sing on the first all New Zealand-made recording. Written in wartime, Blue Smoke was a triple platinum hit that made Pixie a household name overnight. It was a hit overseas too, with covers by a host of international stars including Dean Martin. And this was just the beginning. Even her love for the South Island, calling Dunedin home for 60 years, is immortalised in the song about its landmark Saddle Hill.
Join music director Riki Gooch and an all-star cast including Kirsten Te Rito, Rachel Fraser and Lisa Tomlins as they bring Pixie’s music to life with interpretations of her most loved recordings and the songs that shaped a generation.
“Music – it’s what keeps you going through good times and bad. It kept me sane in the hard times. Forget the pills. When you’ve got music in your life – you’ll be okay.” – Pixie Williams
Date: Tuesday 13 April
Duration: 80 minutes no interval
Full: $44 + service fees
Early Bird: $39 + service fees
Under 19: $25 + service fees
Senior: $39 + service fees
Group of 6+: $39 + service fees
The Regent Theatre
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.
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.
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
Otago, New Zealand
PO Box 5036, Dunedin, 9058
Mon-Fri 9am - 5.30pm
Sat 10.30am - 1pm
Box office is also open one hour before shows