Dame Edna - My gorgeous life tour - commences next week!

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October.

The tour commences in Canberra next Tuesday 17 September and then travels to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth.

Tickets to Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life national tour are on sale now, check www.tegdainty.com for all details.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people ‘freaked out’ to employ a phrase I never use. Some people actually lost the will to live. Some even self-harmed!”

While every star had to make allowances for minor acts of embezzlement, she said, Humphries had his hand in the till up to his armpit.

“My new team of advisors said I should close down all my companies, even my charitable foundation Friends of the Prostate, and re-start my career on a clean page,” Dame Edna said.

“That’s what I’m doing. That explains my so-called ‘retirement’ and withdrawal from public life. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, said he was delighted to welcome the reborn Dame Edna as she opened a new chapter with Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life.

Since she first appeared on stage as purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife Mrs Edna Everage, Dame Edna has toured Europe, the US and the Middle East, picking up a Tony Award for the 2000 Broadway production Dame Edna, The Royal Tour and a Tony nomination in 2004 for Back with a Vengeance.

“Dame Edna Everage is a great Australian export, an iconic performer, artist and star of stage and screen,” Mr Dainty said. “She has toured the world since the mid 1950s and we are delighted she has emerged from retirement so we can welcome her home again.”

Source: Teg Dainty

Full Cast Announcement: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have now confirmed 1521 cast for Sydney’s upcoming production, in a new record as the largest Tattoo ever in its 69-year history.

Unrivalled in its pageantry, this historic Tattoo will play four shows at ANZ Stadium 17 – 19 October 2019.

Over 14 nations from around the world will be represented, boasting traditional uniforms and colourful costumes, including the UK, Switzerland, France, India, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia as well as for the first time ever, acts from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu.

Set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Scottish spectacular will feature 33 musical, cultural and military groups, including:

15 files of proud and traditional-tartan-wearing Pipers and Drummers, 11 highly-spirited Military Bands,
40 amazingly deft Precision Marchers,
40 Fiddlers, guaranteed to break your heart,
7 Pacific Nations poised to share their culture through performance,
40 awe-inspiring Maori Kapa Haka performers,
100 Highland Tattoo Dancers,
40 of the Australian Defence Forces’ finest and funkiest musicians making up the House Band, 40 singers representing Gondwana Choirs,
Australia’s Federation Guard featuring 100 celebrated serving personnel, and Australian Indigenous Song Men and dancers.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Producer and CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said “I am delighted with the extraordinary focus, imagination and hard work that has been put in by so many people to bring the Tattoo to Sydney. Whilst we have brought the best of our own pipers, drummers, military musicians, traditional artists and dancers to join up with your own formidable talent, I hope you will be further enthralled by the colour, sounds and traditions that we have gathered from around the world.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP said it’s a spectacle not to be missed. “The staging of the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever in our great Harbour City reinforces Sydney’s reputation as a truly global city. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to witness an event of this scale and prestige.”

The Sydney 2019 season will feature all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event, including world-class pipes and drums, military marching, catchy traditional and contemporary tunes and breath-taking special effects. Tickets for this extraordinary theatrical event can now be purchased online through Ticketek.

Source: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 


Incredible actress and activist, Yara Shahidi has been added to The Power of Inclusion summit along with programme details. She joins over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. 

Shahidi came to attention in her breakout role in the Golden Globe nominated TV series Black-ish and then landed a starring role in the spinoff Grown-ish, which has been greenlit for season 3. Lauded for her activism and advocacy, she founded Eighteen x 18, an education platform focused on providing information and resources to new voters across the country.

The young star created Yara’s Club in partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC. She served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign, which raised funds for classrooms in need of science and tech resources, and worked with the Obama White House around STEM initiatives.

Shahidi is an advocate for women’s issues, including diversity in media, girls’ education, and has worked with the United Nations Girl Up on global initiatives. Her work has been spotlighted in the New York Times, TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list, and Forbes 30 Under 30. She recently appeared on the cover of British Vogue magazine’s September issue guest edited by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex as one of the ‘Forces for Change.’

Also announced at the summit are social critic and producer Heather Rae (Academy Award® nominated Frozen River) who has an overall producing deal with Amazon Studios, iconic New Zealand actors and creators Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok, MOANA) and Oscar Kightley (Hunt for The Wilderpeople) and Heperi Mita, director of critically acclaimed MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, a documentary paying homage to his late mother, the widely regarded godmother of indigenous cinema, Merata Mita.

The Power of Inclusion summit will bring people together, presenting myriad world views and positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world; all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Source: New Zealand Film Commission

Celeste Barber among guests at the Ferrari F8 Tributo Australian launch

Over 300 guests gathered at White Bay Cruise Terminal for an immersive Ferrari experience paying homage to the most powerful V8 in Ferrari history and unveiling the Ferrari F8 Tributo for the first time on Australian soil.

Ferrari hosted a variety of Australian VIP guests including:

Celeste Barber, Comedian and Author
Lindy Rama-Ellis, Designer
Jarrod Scott, Model and Ferrari Ambassador
Kate Peck, Presenter
Julie Stevanja, Founder and CEO of Style Runner
Ash Williams, Comedian
Jess Yates, Fox Sports Presenter
Kelvin Ho, Architect
Matilda Dodds, Model

The event allowed guests to delve deeper into Ferrari’s antiquity and see the progression of its most influential engine over the years. The unveiling of the F8 Tributo was dramatic and commanding, ensuring the crowds attention.

A reveal like no other, the F8 Tributo joined a prestigious line up of the past V8 models provided by local private collectors. The cars on display included the Ferrari 308 GTB 1975, Ferrari 328 GTS 1985, Ferrari 348 TB 1989, Ferrari F355 Berlinetta 1994, Ferrari 360 Modena 1999, Ferrari F430 2004, Ferrari 458 Italia 2009 and finally the Ferrari 488 GTB 2015. A line up of this stature is rare to come by, offering a once in a lifetime experience for guests.

“We are extremely proud to bring the much anticipated Ferrari F8 Tributo to Australian shores. This vehicle pays homage to our history. The F8 Tributo brings the exhilarating performance of the best 8-cylinder in the world to all drivers, with unprecedented handling and superior ride comfort.” Said Herbert Appleroth, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Australasia.

With champagne and canapés flowing, guests, for the first time in Australia, could study the F8 Tributo and its lineage, experiencing the new heights achieved by Ferrari.

“We truly expect this stunning new Ferrari V8 Sports car to become THE dream car for clients and fans around the world. The Ferrari F8 Tributo truly embodies the pinnacle of Italian excellence and the V8 engine is seen as the very epitome of sportiness and driving pleasure. With maximum level of usability, outstanding design and innovative technologies, we will provide a new level of driving experience to our customers.” Said Dieter Knechtel, Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari Far East and Middle East Hub.

Source: Ferrari

Santa Monica Pop's Up in Sydney This Spring

This spring Sydneysiders will be able to feed their culinary souls with a taste of laid-back Santa Monica living without leaving home as LA’s beach city pops up at the luxurious Pier One Sydney Harbour.

Set to launch 22 September 2019, Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will bring the beach city to life along the iconic waterfront with a curated menu of SoCal-style food and beverages and live cooking demonstrations from award-winning Santa Monica chefs, free wellness and fitness experiences, an organic mini- farmers market and live music sunset sessions.

“We are thrilled to bring a taste of Santa Monica soul to Pier One Sydney Harbour,” said Misti Kerns, President/CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). “Aussies share a similar mindset to Santa Monica residents, particularly with our focus on health and wellness, laid back lifestyle and love of fresh food, and that’s ultimately what we considered when planning the calendar of events.”

Three renowned Santa Monica chefs will travel to Australia for culinary collaborations with The Gantry Head Chef Thom Gorringe, recently awarded One Hat in the Good Food Guide. Visiting Chefs from Santa Monica include; Chef Josiah Citrin, two-star Michelin Chef and owner of California’s highly-acclaimed Mélisse, Charcoal Venice, Openaire and Dave’s Doghouse restaurants ; Chef Raphael Lunetta, ‘Top Chef’ judge, California Chef of the Year, Owner and Chef Proprietor at Santa Monica institutions Lunetta and Lunetta All Day; and Chef Govind Armstrong of ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Iron Chef’ fame, Executive Chef of Santa Monica icon The Lobster, and the chef behind 8oz Burger Bar and Post and Beam.

No doubt, visitors to Santa Monica at Pier One Sydney Harbour will be inspired to visit Los Angeles’ beach city. A trip to Santa Monica is up for grabs each week of the activation, thanks to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism, United Airlines and 7Travel. For a chance to win, visitors to the activation will be encouraged to snap a pic and tag on Instagram using #santamonicasydney

Source: Santa Monica at pier One