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Hi! This is Tim talking here. Hope you’re all still paddlin’. Funny old river, this one.

I wanna tell you about the charities we’re supporting, in Australia and New Zealand, this year through our BACK encore tour.

Some of you know that ever since I started touring again in early 2019, I’ve sold 50 premium-priced “VIP” seats per night and donated that money to charity (all of it, thanks to cooperation from venues and promoters and ticketing companies).

It generally comes to about $AU10K a night… and if we manage to (finally!) get through this “encore” tour, then BACK will have raised around a million bucks. Which, if you’ll forgive me, makes me pretty fucking proud. And grateful, too, that my audience members are so keen to snap those tickets up. They are, after all, very bloody overpriced. Mwahahaaa.

In 2019, the charities were varied, and you can find out all about them here.

In the aborted 2020 tour, and its current reboot, I have decided to focus on independent theatre and dance. It has been a terrible time for that sector, with funding cuts and covid both playing their role in threatening the survival of really fantastic companies. So in every city we play, my completely awesome management team have helped me find wonderful organisations to gift some dosh to.

Find out all about the recipients below. (And thank you again, so much, for helping us with this project.)

*Oh, btw, while I’m virtue-signaling… we’re also making this tour as GREEN as possible. In fact, we’re going for carbon neutral. Find out more about that project here.*

xx

Australia and New Zealand 2021

Adelaide

Restless Dance Theatre

Restless is Australia’s leading dance theatre company working with artists with and without disability. Their artistic voice is loud, strong and original. Restless creates innovative, award winning works that have featured in 3 recent Adelaide Festivals. Touring nationally and internationally their works celebrate diversity on stage.

Wellington

Tawata Productions

Tawata Productions is a Māori and Kuki ‘Āirani creative company based in Te Ūpoko-o-te-ika-a-Maui – Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Specialising in the rigorous development and presentation of theatre, Tawata blurs the lines between text, movement and image presenting a dynamic performance experience from Aotearoa to the world beyond.

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As part of triple j’s Requestival, Tim’s doing a special request-themed Like A Version on Friday 14th May at 7:30am AEST.

Request the songs you’d like to hear Tim cover via the triple j app which you can download or update here.

Then, tune in to triple j Breakfast with Bryce & Ebony on Friday to hear Tim play some of your songs!

Listen Live via the website player or the app.

Here’s a handy Tim[e]Zone Converter.

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s West End production of Matilda The Musical will return to the Cambridge Theatre from Thursday 16th September 2021.

The show, much-loved by all ages, is now booking through to Sunday 13th February 2022.

Tickets go on sale Monday 10th May at 10am from matildathemusical.com.

Critically acclaimed, sweeping the 2012 Olivier Awards with a record-breaking seven awards amongst many more worldwide, including four Tonys, this autumn marks 10 years since the show opened in the West End. Matilda The Musical is the 6th longest running show in the West End and the 16th longest running musical in West End history.

For further information visit matildathemusical.com.

Photos: Manuel Harlan © RSC

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Tim’ll be bringing BACK back to New Zealand for an encore in June.

There’s a Live Nation presale Tuesday 27th April, 12pm.
Tickets go on general sale Thursday 29th April, 1pm.

Tim Minchin – BACK Encore – New Zealand 2021

WELLINGTON Michael Fowler Centre – Thursday 17th June
AUCKLAND Civic Theatre – Saturday 19th June – SOLD OUT
AUCKLAND Civic Theatre – Sunday 20th June – New date!
CHRISTCHURCH Town Hall – Friday 25th June

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UPRIGHT is available in Australia on DVD from the following retailers and more:
(prices vary)

JB HI-FI
DVDLand

Available on digital platforms too.

UPRIGHT is also available on DVD and digitally in the UK and can be streamed on various platforms around the world.
Full details here.

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Carry You, written by Tim for UPRIGHT and released by Missy Higgins, has been nominated in the Song of the Year category at the 2021 APRA Music Awards.

The APRA Music Awards celebrate excellence in contemporary music, honouring songwriters and publishers who have achieved artistic excellence and outstanding success in their fields.

Tim: “I am very pleased indeed that Carry You (as sung by the great Missy Higgins) has been nominated for APRA AMCOS APRA Song of the Year. It’s up against songs by Tame Impala, Amy Shark, Midnight Oil & Dan Sultan, Guy Sebastian, so I’ve got feck-all chance of winning… but YAY! Really thrilled actually, cos it’s peer voted and all. And am also excited cos on the awards night, another Aussie artist (I don’t know who – it’s a secret) will play a version of it live!”

You’ll find the full list of nominees for the 2021 APRA Music Awards here.

Playlists of the nominated songs can be streamed on YouTube Music, Spotify and Apple Music.

The 2021 APRA Music Awards take place on Wednesday 28th April at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom at Darling Harbour in Sydney. You’ll be able to watch rolling highlights on the night via the APRA AMCOS YouTube channel.

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Hey UK! In 2019 Tim’s long-awaited tour BACK sold out in record time, received rave audience reviews, critical acclaim and in Australia won the prestigious Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.

This autumn Tim returns to the UK with encore performances of BACK. So, if you missed out last time or want to go back-to-BACK, this is your chance.

Again there will be Premium Charity Tickets. All of the income from those seats will go to a charity (or charities) of Tim’s choice (TBC). Last time Tim supported Barnardo’s and Samaritans.

Tickets are on general sale here: ticketmaster.co.uk/timminchinUK and from all venues.

Tim Minchin – BACK Encore – UK 2021

BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome – Saturday 23rd October – Ticketmaster Limited. Try venue.
BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome – Sunday 24th October –
Ticketmaster Limited. Try venue.
BRIGHTON Centre
– Monday 25th October – Low availability
NEWCASTLE O2 City Hall – Sunday 31st October
NEWCASTLE O2 City Hall – Monday 1st November
LEEDS First Direct Arena – Tuesday 2nd November
HULL Bonus Arena – Wednesday 3rd November
MANCHESTER O2 Apollo – Sat 6th Nov – SOLD OUT
MANCHESTER O2 Apollo – Sunday 7th November
LONDON Eventim Apollo – Monday 8th November
LONDON Eventim Apollo – Tuesday 9th November
PORTSMOUTH Guildhall – Wednesday 10th November
LONDON Eventim Apollo – Thursday 11th November
NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena – Sunday 14th November
LEICESTER De Montfort Hall – Wednesday 17th November
IPSWICH Regent Theatre – Thurs 18th Nov – SOLD OUT
BLACKPOOL Opera House – Saturday 20th November
STOCKTON Globe Theatre – Sunday 21st November
STOCKTON Globe Theatre – Monday 22nd November
CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena – Wednesday 24th November
PLYMOUTH Pavilions – Saturday 27th November
BOURNEMOUTH International Centre – Sunday 28th November

2019 UK REVIEWS FOR BACK
“Even when you think you know what’s coming, Minchin retains a remarkable knack for staying ahead,
with verbal shimmies and tonal feints”
***** The i paper
“A triumphant comeback, a three-hour spectacular” The Guardian
“Spectacular […] A rare example of a long-awaited return that has been worth the long-await” **** The Times
“More music gig than stand-up set. Except that rock lyrics are never, ever this funny” **** Evening Standard
“Roof raising return”
**** The Sunday Telegraph

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Tim is returning to Adelaide on Saturday 12th June 2021, bringing BACK back for an encore as a part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 24th February at 12pm (AEDT) here.

UPDATE: Due to demand a second date has been added – Sunday 13th Junetickets on sale now.

Tim: “I love Adelaide, and I can’t wait to bring “BACK” back for another spin. I first played the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2004 – at the late-night slot in the foyer of Festival Theatre. Since then, Adelaide has been home to so many huge moments for me: comedy shows in tents, musicals in arenas, filming Upright, orchestra shows and festival openings… I always adore my time there.”

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Tim: “This is exciting. I have two songs on the shortlist for APRA AMCOS Song Of the Year. There are many excellent songs on the list, including a statistically unlikely number of West Aussies, which is nice, if you’re into parochialism, which I am, rarely. This is the award that Paul Kelly won a few years ago for “Firewood and Candles”, which my band and I performed at the awards dinner. Last time I was nominated was for Come Home (Cardinal Pell), which Kate Miller-Heidke performed when it ended up in the top 5.
So there.”

The APRA Music Awards celebrate excellence in contemporary music, honouring songwriters and publishers who have achieved artistic excellence and outstanding success in their fields.

The Song Of The Year shortlist will be cut down to five final nominees in March, before the 2021 APRA Music Awards take place on Wednesday 28th April at the International Convention Centre Grand Ballroom at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

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Tim will be on CBS This Morning, Saturday January 16th, in the Saturday Sessions segment.

There will be an interview and exclusive live performances of three songs from Apart Together.

The programme airs 7-9am EST and you can check out when and where to watch CBS This Morning Saturday in your city here.

The segment will be posted online after it airs on CBS.com and their social channels, with some territory restrictions.

UPDATE: 16/01/21
At the time of this update the YouTube videos (all embedded below) are not available in Australia but the three performances and the interview are viewable on the CBS website here:

Interview:
cbsnews.com/video/tim-minchin-is-serious-about-musical-satire/

‘Absence Of You’
cbsnews.com/video/saturday-sessions-tim-minchin-performs-the-absence-of-you/

‘Apart Together’
cbsnews.com/video/saturday-sessions-tim-minchin-performs-apart-together/

‘Airport Piano’
cbsnews.com/video/saturday-sessions-tim-minchin-performs-airport-piano/

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Tim’ll be performing a brand new live version of one of the songs from his new album Apart Together on The Late Late Show with James Corden TONIGHT – Tuesday 5th January. There will be a brief interview too.

The other guest on the show is actor James Marsden.

US:
CBS 12:37am EST/PST (11:37pm CST).
If you miss it or prefer to watch it later, the episode and clips should appear on the The Late Late Show with James Corden’s website, Facebook page or YouTube channel. (Likely to be geoblocked until after the show airs in Australia and the UK).

Australia:
The programme airs a day later in Australia on Channel TEN and 10play.

UK:
The episode will be available in the UK on Sky Comedy a channel you can also watch via Now TV the day after it airs in the US.

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White Wine in the Sun

As is the case every year, every dollar that White Wine in the Sun makes between Nov 1 and Jan 31 will go to Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)! Go buy it! Even if you already own it!
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There are two versions; the 2009 solo version and the 2012 studio version, with strings, french horn and more.

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For the curious… here is what was going on behind the scenes of our one-shot Absence vid shoot.

The keen-eyed will notice it’s not the actual take we used. We did a bunch, and this – the last shot of the day – came up clearest on the God Go-Pro. Sorry for the washed-out footage: I pumped up the exposure so you could see more of what was going on. : )

The difference between this glorious organised chaos and the final music video is testament to director Ben Lucas’s brilliant vision, and to the talent of the camera department, and to the beautiful lighting and set design, and to the organisational skills of our awesome producers, and to the many stage management crew who gave their time.

Plus good gear, and a very clever editor, and a lovely grade. : )

Here are the credits again, in case you didn’t see them under the original vid. I am very lucky that, despite limited time and budget, such incredible people came on board. Legends, all.

Special thanks to Luke Cowling, who convinced a bunch of his WAAPA Stage Management students to come and help us out, and also took captured this footage. (Luke is the guy in the black cap wrangling the fairy lights for the orchestra reveal.)

xx


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UPRIGHT won Best Comedy Series at the 2020 AACTA Awards this evening, with Tim winning Best Comedy Performer for his role in the series.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) held the ceremony this evening in Sydney. See the AACTAs website for the full list of winners and nominees.

Highlights from the ceremony will be broadcast on Channel Seven on Wednesday at 8.30pm.

More information on the series and where you can watch it here.

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UPRIGHT is available in the UK on DVD from the following retailers and more:
(prices vary)

Amazon UK
HMV
WHSmith

and on the following digital platforms:

iTunes and Apple TV
Amazon Prime Video
Google Play

More UPRIGHT details can be found here, including where you can stream it.

Further information about DVD and Digital availability in other territories will be added once known. At the moment we do not have any more confirmed release dates.

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