The Beginning of 'The End' - The End Festival Opening Night Gala

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The Beginning of 'The End' - The End Festival Opening Night Gala Tickets

6:00pm, Fri 20 April, 2018
The Royal Hall, NSW

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Adult 18+
Sales Close: 3:00pm, Fri 20 Apr, 2018 $48.73

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Sales Close: 3:00pm, Fri 20 Apr, 2018

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Sales Close: 3:00pm, Fri 20 Apr, 2018 $34.46

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Sales Close: 3:00pm, Fri 20 Apr, 2018

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Event Details

The Royal Hall shows are part of 'The End', Hill End's festival of arts, culture and heritage. Visit The End Festival website for information on the festival.


The Beginning of 'The End'

is the Friday night opening spectacular of 'The End' Festival in Hill End

An evening of extraordinary entertainment awaits, staged in the heritage surrounds of the Royal Hall. The evening will be jam packed with toe-tapping, rib-tickling, sing-along entertainment including live pre-show and interval music and two awe-inspiring shows featuring amazing musical and cabaret performances. 

Pre-show and interval entertainment is brought to you by The Sweet Jelly Rolls performing  Petty Cash - The Songs of Tom Petty and Johnny Cash

All ages are welcome, but parents and guardians, please note that Christa Hughes show will feature mature content and parental guidance is advised. 



6:00pm - Doors Open

6:30pm - The Sweet Jelly Rolls - Performing 'Petty Cash'

7:00pm - Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' - Performed by Smith & Jones

8:30pm - The Sweet Jelly Rolls - Performing 'Petty Cash'

9:00pm - Christa Hughes in Neurotic Ladyland


Show 1: 

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' - Performed by Smith & Jones. 


Bathurst duo Smith & Jones, are joined by guitarist Matt Ferry, drummer Michael Carpenter (SYD) and bassist Charlie Lee (SYD) to perform Fleetwood Mac's 1977 Grammy Award winning, 13 times platinum masterpiece Rumours in full in the Royal Hall as part of The End Festival 2018. The album, which is 40 years old this year, includes the singles 'Don't Stop', 'Go Your Own Way', 'Dreams', 'The Chain' and 'You make Loving Fun'.

Jessica Hooper from Pitchfork puts it best; 'Upon its release in 1977, Rumours became the fastest selling LP of all time, moving 800,000 copies per week at its height. Its success made Fleetwood Mac a cultural phenomenon and also set a template for pop with a gleaming surface that has something complicated, desperate, and dark resonating underneath.'

Smith & Jones have been performing Rumours to sold out crowds over the past 3 years.



(Image Credit: Kylie Whitney)  

 Show Two:

Christa Hughes in Neurotic Ladyland

- A Melodramatic Musical Neurotic Noir


Cabaret contortionist, genre bender, and mash up mistress Christa Hughes (Machine Gun Fellatio, Circus Oz) performs her critically acclaimed show Neurotic Ladyland in Hill End. Witness the spectacle of many wild and wonderful, possibly deluded and diabolical, women reach their end in The End.

Blurring the lines between madness and brilliance Neurotic Ladyland captures our fragility by evaluating it into a hyper-real, vaudeville, freak-show circus. Inspired and guided by Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard), Baby Jane Hudson (Whatever Happened To Baby Jane), Fanny Warhol (NY post modern feminist performance artist), Wiggy Minnelli (the Wemar Cabaret Berlin Punk love child of Liza and Iggy) and some of Christa's own creations, this show is a celebration of mad and magnificent women.

Darkly comic, this chaotic cabaret takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride punctuated with moments of beauty, perversity, vulnerability and absurdity. The unique Miss Hughes at her vocally stunning best. With her typical dramatic stage presence, powerful voice, complete irreverence and utmost respect Christa Hughes not only embraces but celebrates many talented, passionate and disappointed women who have ultimately been misunderstood.

Mad? Maybe

Deluded? Possibly

Entertaining? Always

Christa will be joined by musicians Jeremy Brennan and Jim Dunlop and performing a repertoire including songs by Kander & Ebb, David Bowie, Harold Arlen, Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Ella Fitzgerald, Iggy Pop, Rogers & Hammerstein,Christa's own compositions amongst some other surprises.

"Hughes proves the depth and mettle of her comic and vocal talents as she deconstructs cabaret and the diva concept. Prowling, howling and strutting the stage, transforming from screen goddess to killer rock chick" 

- Adelaide Advertiser


"This is cabaret at its most prolific and profound, even if on the surface it all seems absurd.

It throws the audience right into the dark recesses of retromania; eerie and enlightening all at once.

There are other tricks Christa reveals that make this kind of cabaret stand-out and unique this is genuine female oestrogen in overdrive" - Cream




 (Image Credit: Kelly-Ann Denton)

Please Note:

The Royal hall will be a mix of bench and bar table seating and standing room. No reserved seating is available.

The two feature shows will be staged again on Saturday 21st in The Royal Hall. Tickets to these shows can be purchased individually at this link

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