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Local theatre company, North Shore Players, presents Ben Elton’s first West End success and 2nd play sandwiched between his other stage work ‘Gasping’ and ‘Popcorn’. The popular English-born comedian, writer and director, is well-known for his TV writing credits including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Thin Blue Line.  He has more lately become known for writing the musical We Will Rock You in 2002 and Love Never Dies in 2010, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

Although first performed in 1991 at London’s Haymarket Theatre, Silly Cow, is still very relevant in today’s celebrity obsessed culture and will keep you either laughing or on the edge of your seat throughout.  

‘I trust all editors to be dirty, duplicitous little weasels and not one has ever failed me!’

Phone hacking? Super injunctions? Elton focuses on actors, the price of ambition, critics and ‘journalistic liberty’ in this astutely observational ‘comic revenge tragedy’. His dry satirical view on the slick and savage world of the tabloid press portrays a protagonist, Doris Wallace, who has clawed her way to celebrity success as a merciless and vicious critic; ‘I’m the nasty cow who slaughters the sacred cows’. She is on the verge of a glorious venture in TV. Moreover, she’s not going to let anything get in her way; not even the “silly cow” suing her for libel. After the case goes to court, Doris naturally believes she has won but has she? All is not what it seems and events shortly start to spiral and conspire against her.

Who will save her - Sidney, the deeply duplicitous prospective boss or perhaps Eduardo, Doris’ “happening” toyboy? Maybe it will be Douglas, her ‘perfect gent’ accountant? Or surely sweet and innocent Peggy, Doris’ trusty PA will come to her rescue? The course of events that follow is hilarious, and at times cutting, but will keep you laughing until your sides hurt.

Producer, Jonathan Callinan, also playing the role of sleazy editor ‘Sidney Skinner’ added; “The script has some hilarious set pieces, plenty of sidesplitting one-liners and five brilliant characters.”

This is the first production staged by North Shore Players and is an ideal summer’s evening of entertainment providing the very best of Elton’s comic stage work. Come along, support some local new talent and indulge in some of the funniest theatre you’ll experience this year!

Silly Cow contains adult-esque humour and is not suitable for young children or those offended by Carry On-style double entendres.

Cast: Sidney - Jonathan Callinan, Doris - Claire Buckley, Peggy - Claire Wingfield, Douglas - Matt MacDougall, Eduardo - Dane Dawson, Director - Lynne Davis.

Dates & times: Thursday 7th - Saturday 16th March, 8pm at The Rose Centre, Belmont. Matinee: Sunday 10th March at 2pm. No Mon performances.  

Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors and students. Group discounts (10+ seats) available. Bookings: Ph. Richard at The Rose Centre on 445 9900 or email


A play by Kerr Inkson, Directed by Sioux Smith.

It is 2008. Aucklander John Hitchcock (Hitch) is in an enviable situation.  His finance company, Gold Standard,   is hugely successful and he has all the trappings of wealth including the beautiful trophy wife, Kimberley.  However, all is not as it seems andwhen events in global finance markets suddenly threaten Hitch’s company, his investors and his marriage, his inner demons and drives are revealed and released.

Money, sex, power and revenge combine in this very Kiwi comedy that looks at the greed and psychology of ‘big shot’ financial tycoons who ruin the lives of hapless investors while feathering their own nests!  What are they thinking and how do they sleep at night and with whom?

You will find yourself laughing and nodding in recognition as this dark comedy unfolds to reveal the inner workings of the mind of a self serving ‘Big Shot’. 

Cutting Edge Drama is known for bringing you dynamic and different shows so make this one not to miss!
To Book: Ring Richard at The Rose Theatre on 445 9900 or email at:
Dates: Wednesday 13 to Saturday 16 February at 8pm, Matinee on Sunday 17 February at 5pm
Tickets $20 / 15 concessions. Cash only/ No Eftpos
*Bar open one hour before performance*

is a bright, modern, performance venue, community centre and Community Pre-school in the heart of Belmont five minutes from Takapuna on the way to Devonport.
THE ROSE CENTRE has a fully-functional intimate theatre with tiered seating offering comfort plus at affordable rates for a huge range of performance options. A unique atmosphere, superb acoustics and a performance area that brings performers right to the audience make THE ROSE CENTRE one of the best intimate theatres anywhere. Our beautiful glass-roofed foyer opens onto a large deck and garden.

by Channel Editorial