Arts on Tour NZ Presents: Say It With Flowers - a Tour of Top Wordsmiths

October 8th 2020
A tour of top wordsmiths is underway this November, with Arts on Tour NZ, across the nation. Poet Laureate of Aotearoa David Eggleton, the Kiwi Ranter, and the Welsh Kiwi storyteller, the former Bard of Christchurch on RNZ, Steve Thomas, are accompanied by master musician Richard Wallis.

It is rumoured that the English artist Banksy might join the entourage, but as no-one knows who he is, it may be hard to identify him in the crowd.

Say It With Flowers is a title inspired by the English artist Banksy’s famous wall image of a youthful masked flower thrower, flinging - not a Molotov cocktail, but a colourful bouquet of flowers, representing our common hopes for the peaceful resolution to the global issues of our time.

“Say It with Flowers touches taboo subjects, such as politics, sport and religion with wit and topicality”, says Steve Thomas

Tuesday 3 November 7:30pm Alexandra                

The Stadium Tavern, 143 Centennial Ave             

$25 Adults; $20 Gold Card; $10 Children              

Book: Cash door sales if tickets available

Wednesday 4 November 7:30pm Cromwell        

Carrick Winery, 247 Cairnmuir Road, Bannockburn        

Adults $25; Super Gold Card $20; Student $5    



Thursday 5 November 7:00pm Queenstown       


$10 Book:

Presented by Queenstown Writers Festival and Creative Queenstown


Friday 6 November 8:00pm Gore              

Eastern Southland Gallery          

$15; Gallery Members & Students $10

Book: Gore Visitor Centre


Sunday 8 November 3:00pm Dunedin   

Dunedin Public Art Gallery          

Tickets: Free


Monday 9 November 7:30pm Fairlie      

Mackenzie Community Centre Courtyard (Inside if inclement weather)                

Free to the community compliments of the Mackenzie Community Centre         

Bookings not necessary


Tuesday 10 November 7:30pm Geraldine             

Geraldine Academy of Performance and Arts    

$15 Book: Louk Clothing, Talbot Street, Geraldine; (03) 693 9070 (No Eftpos)


Wednesday 11 November 1pm Christchurch

The Chamber at The Piano, 156 Armagh St

$15 Cash on the door


Thursday 12 November 8:00pm Lyttelton             

The Loons            

$20; $15 Gold Card or Unwaged

Book: UTR


Saturday 14 November 7:30pm                   Picton  

Picton Little Theatre     

$20 + credit card fees



Wednesday 18 November 7:30pm Whakatane  

Gateway Theatre             

$20 Book: The Good Life, The Strand


Thursday 19 November 8.00pm Cambridge

Cambridge Town Hall

$15 Book: Eventfinda; Te Awamutu I-Site; Cambridge I-Site

Sponsored by Backstage Pass


Friday 20 November 8:00pm New Plymouth       

4th Wall Theatre              

$25 Book:


Saturday 21 November 8:00pm Te Awamutu      

The Woolshed Theatre

$15 Book: Eventfinda; Te Awamutu I-Site; Cambridge I-Site

Sponsored by Backstage Pass


Sunday 22 November 2:30pm Thames   

Kauaeranga Hall              

$15 Door; $10 Pre-book                

Book: Txt: 021912993 Email:

Shop: Lotus Realm, 714 Pollen St, Thames


Thursday 26 November 7:30pm Onekaka

The Mussel Inn

$10 Book: Tickets on the door   


Friday 27 November 8:00pm Barrytown                 

Barrytown Hall

$20 Book: Door sales


Tuesday 1 December 7:00pm Lincoln    

The Laboratory

$20 Book: At the bar or phone 03 3253006         


Arts on Tour NZ (AOTNZ) organises tours of outstanding New Zealand performers to rural and smaller centres in New Zealand. The trust receives funding from Creative New Zealand as well as support from Central Lakes Trust, Community Trust of Southland, Interislander, Otago Community Trust, Rata Foundation and the Southern Trust. AOTNZ liaises with local arts councils, repertory theatres and community groups to bring the best of musical and theatrical talent to country districts. The AOTNZ programme is environmentally sustainable – artists travel to their audiences rather than the reverse.

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