We headed out on a Friday night for some dinner and entertainment. Our first stop was a new restaurant, Muse, opened by a former chef at The White House – one of
Wellington’s premier fine
dining establishments (although our previous experience there left something to
be desired). It’s located on Allen
Street which is one of the side streets off Wellington’s main
entertainment street, Courtenay
Place. We were there early and at first the place
was distinctly empty, but it soon filled up. I had scallops followed by
tarakihi fillets, and Nicola had pork belly followed by porcini risotto. All
was very well executed and we had plenty of time in the end.
Afterwards, we went round the corner to the Downstage Theatre to see the Weekend Comedy Cocktail. This consists of two separate performances: the first half is Vance Fontaine and his band, the Peculiar Sensations. Vance gives a command performance incorporating songs from his extensive back catalogue. He invites audience participation as he demonstrates that it was in fact he who invented all the musical genres we know today (presumably with the aid of a tardis or similar device). He apologised for inflicting dubstep on us, then gave us his rendition of a
mash-up. He also
played songs in the styles of mariarchi, opera, bubblegum pop, and Duran Duran
– one of his early influences. All the songs are (allegedly) made up on the
spot and improvised by the band in the styles suggested by the audience. dubstep/John
After the break, a musical comedy of a slightly different flavour: Miss Fletcher Sings The Blues. Miss Fletcher arrives on stage as a substitute Geography teacher, ready to teach her class. Unfortunately, as she immediately admits, she knows nothing of geography, so decides to give us a music lesson instead. She regales us with stories about her life, and the frustrations that we encounter every day. She finished up with “Key Changes For Africa” an inspirational song to help people in
for which she recruits several members of the audience. Unfortunately she was
called away halfway through the song for an interview about “appropriateness”
with the head teacher.
All very funny, and we enjoyed it all immensely.