David Bowie-themed show not to be missed’


A Queenstown thespian is raving about upcoming show Rock and Roll Suicide, saying it’s not to be missed.
Caroline van Asch, who has been heavily involved in resort theatre, was invited to a special dress rehearsal of Margaret O’Hanlon’s latest production on Monday night. 

“It’s brilliant – not to be missed,” Van Asch says of O’Hanlon’s original David Bowie-themed show. 

“She’s got together an amazing bunch of young people and there are incredible renditions of all of David Bowie’s songs. They’re strung together in an emotional, fun and powerful way that tell a story. 

“It sounds impossible because there’s no dialogue but it works and it’s amazing,” Van Asch gushes. 

It’s been a busy few weeks for O’Hanlon – who wrote and produced the show but is also directing and starring in it. 

Not only has she been tied up with rehearsals, but last Thursday the Opening Gala of the 32nd Queenstown JazzFest was dedicated to her – with many of the Queenstown performers she’s coached during the past 20 years among the line-up. 

O’Hanlon also performed her own jazz set on Sunday night at the Crowne Plaza hotel’s Threesixty restaurant. 

Asked how she’s fitting it all in, the former New Yorker says: “I’m totally well-organised plus lack of sleep. Personally I think sleeping is over-rated.” 

Rock and Roll Suicide’s first show is tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 8pm at the Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall. Further shows are on Thursday at 8pm and Friday at 8pm. 

Tickets are $35 and available from the Post Office Café in Queenstown and Arrowtown’s Lakes District Museum.