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Dame Edna says farewell tour, “Eat Pray Laugh!”

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When
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

8pm

Where
Civic Theatre

Cost
$99 - $199

Age Restrictions
R12 recommended

Paul Dainty, Chairman of Dainty Group announced today that Australia’s greatest entertainment export – iconic performer, satirist, artist and comedian Barry Humphries – will take his final bow to New Zealand audiences during his farewell tour, “Eat Pray Laugh!”.

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Humphries, whose alter egos include inebriated cultural attaché, the Honorable Sir Les Patterson, and Moonee Ponds’ legendary housewife, Dame Edna Everage, will perform a limited number of farewell shows from June to August this year at theatres in Canberra, Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.

While his famous creations are not officially retiring, Australia’s greatest Dame insists that this will be her final tour.

“So, Possums, please do come and say goodbye to me. It would be lovely to see your faces for the last time,” Dame Edna says.

“When you hear your grandchild's voice saying, ‘Grandma, did you see Dame Edna's farewell show?’ don't betray their faith in you. Say ‘yes darling! Many, many times!’”

During the all-singing, all-dancing spectacular, Dame Edna promises to “empower” audiences as she meditates on the big issues of gender, ethnicity and climate change.

“You will see me at the height of my powers, taking you on a wonderful spiritual journey you'll never forget. I'm not saying my show will heal you, but you'll certainly leave the theatre feeling considerably better for the experience.”

While Act One of Eat Pray Laugh! features Humphries with his friends, this really serves as “just a bit of foreplay really before I make an orgasmic appearance in Act Two”, Dame Edna says.

“Dame Edna insists that we do this final tour to farewell our many friends in Australia,” Humphries says. “She has toured the world since the mid 1950s and she is ready to kick off her heels and tend to her gladiolas.”

Paul Dainty said today “Dainty Group is thrilled to work with Barry on his final tour of Australia and New Zealand, this is a historic moment in entertainment history as one of our legends farewells his fans on his final tour.”

This brand new show is directed by prominent New Zealand-born theatre director Simon Phillips.

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