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Be Like Billy

25/03/23  to 22/04/23
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 8:15pm
Who do we laugh with, and why are we laughing?


Apr 22, 2023

Posted on

Jan 23, 2023

Event type:

Theatre ,


$25 - $42


The Court theatre


Canterbury ,

Written by

The Court Theatre
Mar 27, 2023

World Premiere of a Court Theatre commission written by Rutene Spooner

Billy T. James is a legendary New Zealand comedian and cultural icon.

In this new work, Rutene Spooner shares his personal relationship with his childhood hero, Billy T.

Infused with music and humour, Be Like Billy speaks to our national identity, touching on what being Māori, being a performer and being a Kiwi meant in the 80s, and what it means now.

“‘The Showband Era’ gave birth to some of Māoridom’s greatest entertainers. This play celebrates that whakapapa, tracing all the way back to the cheeky cackle we all know and love. So, what does Māori showmanship look like today?” – Rutene Spooner, Writer

Written by Rutene Spooner
Show sponsor: Naturally tiles

Be Like Billy