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Bitches’ Box to tour cyclone-hit regions

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Hit comedy duo plan to bring a bit of light relief after challenging year.
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Farmstrong is teaming up with the Rural Support Trust to bring the Bitches’ Box: Episode 4 comedy show to flood-affected rural communities around the North Island.

The shows will provide a chance for farmers and growers to have a fun night out with friends off farm after an incredibly challenging year.

Bitches Box: Episode 4 looks at life on a high country station from a dog’s point of view during the chaos of muster time.

Actors Emma Newborn and Amelia Dunbar are revisiting their most-loved dog characters in a fast-paced, multi-character comedy that’s made them “world famous in rural NZ”.

Their three previous shows – The Bitches’ Box, Sons of a Bitch and Life’s a Bitch – have been strongly supported by rural communities and earned glowing reviews here and overseas.

Dunbar, who comes from a rural background, said she’s aware these communities are in the midst of a long-haul recovery. 

“We can’t be there doing fencing or driving diggers, but what we can do is bring people together in these communities and make them laugh. 

“That’s why we’ve created a show that takes people back to the lighter aspects of rural life. It’s silly, upbeat and irreverent. If we can get people laughing and lift their spirits for an evening that will be a job well done. This is a show for rural New Zealanders who love their dogs and love their comedy.  

“A bonus for us is that we get to spend time in these amazing communities and hear their stories. That’s going to be pretty special too.”

Farmstrong spokesperson Gerard Vaughan said: “Often, when we are under the pump on farm or orchard, we get so busy that we forget to do the things that help us to get through. 

“These shows create an opportunity for farmers and growers, their families and their teams to have a night off, have a laugh and connect with others. Having breaks away from the day-to-day challenges is a great way to refresh so you are in a good headspace to keep going.”

The tour kicks off on April 9 and runs through to May 11, with shows scheduled in Northland, Wairarapa, Tararua, Manawatū and Tairāwhiti/Gisborne. 

All tickets are $15 which includes a BBQ dinner. The BBQ starts at 6.30pm. The show starts at 7.30pm. 

To book tickets head to the Farmstrong website www.farmstrong.co.nz/events 

Northland Shows

Tuesday 9 April – Kaipara College Hall, Helensville 

Wednesday 10 April – Port Albert Hall, Port Albert 

Thursday 11 April – Matakohe War Memorial Hall, Matakohe 

Friday 12 April – Parakao Hall, Parakao 

Saturday 13 April – Broadwood Community Hall, Broadwood 

Sunday 14 April – Umawera Hall, Umawera

Tairāwhiti/Gisborne Shows 

Thursday 18 April – Turihaua Angus Sales Complex 

Friday 19 April – Waerenga-O-Kuri Hall 

Saturday 20 April – Matawai Memorial Hall 

Wairarapa, Tararua, Manawatū Shows

Thursday 9 May – Gladstone Complex, Wairarapa 

Friday 10 May – Weber Hall, Tararua 

Saturday 11 May – Camp Rangi, Pohangina Valley 

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