Arrowtown calling for Brit-rock opera

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A Winter Games British rock and roll show will be anything but predictable, its director says. 

Margaret O’Hanlon is putting on London Calling, subtitled From Beatles to Punk – The British Invasion, at Arrowtown Hall from Saturday till Monday and at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Tuesday night. 

The show arose from her David Bowie tribute show Rock & Roll Suicide at the Arrowtown Hall last October. 

“When we were denied the rights to do Bowie [again] I scratched my little brain and came up with the idea of a similar concept in terms of genre and type of music. 

“You could take it all the way up to Amy Winehouse but you’d be there all night. 

“It’s just from Beatles to punk, within the framework of 1964 to 1984, which works out beautifully ’cos a lot happened. 

“We’re going to pull on the social aspects of what was going on in England at the time. 

“It’s going to be a bit shocking – visually, it’s going to be amazing and the band is exceptional.” 

O’Hanlon’s chosen 22 numbers from artists including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, The Who, Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Jam. 

The cast of 15 include both new and established local performers. 

Tickets, at $35 a head, are on sale at Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum, Queenstown’s i-Site Visitor Centre and Wanaka Fine Wines.