The Woolshed Tour presents ‘Life’s a Bitch’ & Mel Parsons

Since 2012 The Woolshed Tour has been a highlight on rural calendars, bringing a riotous night of entertainment to more than 100 woolsheds from Taumarunui to Tasman to Tuatapere and beyond.

Spring 2020 sees the smash-hit Woolshed Tour return with a new double-bill – ‘Life’s a Bitch’ & Mel Parsons. It’s music, it’s comedy, it’s theatre and it’s all rolled into a brilliant and unmissable community night out.

The new theatre/comedy offering ‘Life’s a Bitch’ from comedic duo The Bitches’ Box (Amelia Dunbar and Emma Newborn), alongside award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons, will tour 20 shows throughout the South Island. The tour kicks off in Windwhistle on October 14 and wraps up in Lake Hawea on November 22. See full list of locations and dates below, and information on show times.

A bonafide travelling roadshow – carting a bar, seating, stage curtain, props, full production equipment and crew along for the ride – the talented trio will transform working wool sheds into real-life show spaces. It makes for an unforgettable night in the country, capturing audiences once reserved for the likes of legends such as the Topp TwinsFred Dagg and Murray Ball.

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Life’s a Bitch’ & Mel Parsons

The Woolshed Tour is is also thrilled to be carrying the message of the Rural Support Trust (RST) – a nationwide network which offers free and confidential support during difficult times and/or to those affected by adverse events.  And each show on the tour will start with a fundraising BBQ dinner run by the local school or community group.  A cash bar will also be open throughout the evening.

About the Show:

Mel Parsons: Needing little introduction, multi award-winning musician Mel Parsons brings us new songs from her forthcoming album, along with plenty of old favourites for good measure. The 2020 VNZMA Folk Artist of the Year is a well-loved fixture on the national and international touring circuit, with a beguiling voice and a disarming line of humour that has won her a very dedicated fanbase. Visit –

Life’s a Bitch: The Bitches’ Box (Emma Newborn & Amelia Dunbar) present their new show, Life’s A Bitch. It’s the third instalment in their suite of hilarious, romping comedies, all about life as a dog. What happens when two freedom-camping, Swiss circus dogs break down outside the farm?  What do drones, pearls and stock trucks have in common?  Don’t worry, these two have thought of it all! The Bitches’ Box have taken their shows from woolsheds to glittering festivals worldwide and are beyond excited to get back to the rural communities that have supported them faithfully for so long now. Visit –

Due to shed sizes, tickets are very limited for each show and will sell out fast. Please book online to avoid missing out, as it is unlikely there will be door sales.

Event Times:

6PM – Doors open, cash bar & fundraiser BBQ dinner
7PM – Show starts – Mel Parsons
8PM – Intermission / bar open
8:30PM – Show resumes – ‘Life’s a Bitch’

Wednesday 14 October – Windwhistle – Snowdon Station
Thursday 15 October – Kekerengu – Bluff Station
Friday 16 October – Blenheim – Tyntesfield
Saturday 17 October – Blenheim – Tyntesfield
Sunday 18 October – Cheviot – Inverness
Wednesday 21 October – Rotherham – Cranford Downs
Thursday 22 October – Omihi – Seaview
Friday 23 October – Springfield – Brooksdale Station
Saturday 24 October – Springfield – Brooksdale Station
Sunday 25 October – Akaroa – Gaiety Hall
Wednesday 11 November – Omarama – Buscot Station
Thursday12 November – Oamaru – Papakaio Hall
Friday 13 November – Orari – Orari Gorge Station
Saturday 14 November – Orari – Orari Gorge Station
Sunday 15 November – Windwhistle – Snowdon Station
Wednesday 18 November – Clarks Junction – Strathview Station
Thursday 19 November – Owaka – Owaka Hall
Friday 20 November – Manapouri – Whare Creek Station
Saturday 21 November – Glenorchy – Temple Peak Station
Sunday 22 November – Lake Hawea – Glen Dene Station

The Woolshed Tour gratefully acknowledges the support of their touring partners: Isuzu Utes, ANZCO Foods, Leefield Station Wines, Eventfinda, and Rural Support Trust.

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