Basil's Back in Belmont!
Basil Fawlty, played by Scott Hayden
Channel Feature: Arts & Crafts

Basil's Back in Belmont!
Fawlty Towers and more this month at The Rose Centre

They’re back! Basil (Scott Hayden) and Sybil Fawlty (Julie Collis) respectively return to serve up more madcap mayhem for three further episodes of Fawlty Towers at The Rose Centre, following a sell-out season in 2012.

This time, Company Theatre is presenting A Touch of Class, Basil the Rat and The Kipper and The Corpse, episodes which still delight audiences as they did when they were first shown on television in the 1970s.

Basil's biting sarcasm and disregard for the interests of his guests is modelled on a real-life visit made by John Cleese to the Gleaneagles Hotel in Torquay, Devon where he suffered from the ignorance and disinterest of the hotelier.

Scott and Julie are joined by a large cast of actors on a splendid two-storey set devised and built by local builder Phil Davis and invite you to join in the hilarity and mayhem of pure farce.

All three episodes are included in the ticket price and performed each evening.  The season runs from 15-29 November with performances Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm and matinees on Sundays 16 and 23 November at 2pm. Tickets, $25 and $20 for concessions, can be booked by phoning The Rose Centre on 445 9900 or email For more information, visit Company Theatre's website at

Also at The Rose Centre...Vinyasa Flow Yoga:

It was their love for Vinyasa Yoga that brought the two Julias together at The Rose Centre. “In early 2014 we decided to start spreading our Yoga love through offering affordable yoga classes to our community because Yoga is for everyone... no matter how young, or old, male or female, rich or poor....We hope that with these classes we can help introducing Yoga to a wider audience and support people in finding their inner peace and create a better quality of life through healthy body, mind and spirit."

The style of yoga taught is an energising mix of flowing sequences and static postures where the body becomes stronger and more fluid in movement. 
It is suitable for beginners yet it is a challenging & dynamic workout of a class that teaches you to synchronise movement and breath. 
The energy created in the practice helps to eliminate toxin build up, loosen stiff joints, strengthen and tone the pelvic floor and the core muscle groups and return the body back to balance. 
The 75 min long class is practiced to back ground music to create a stimulating and focused atmosphere.

The two classes on offer each week are taught by Julia Schwarz and Julia Mak. Originally from Berlin, Julia Schwarz comes from a dance and gymnastics background and moved to New Zealand 10 years ago. On coming to New Zealand, Julia discovered Yoga and fell in love with it and found her home in the flow of a Vinyasa practise. Last year Julia decided to fulfil her dream and embarked on her journey by completing Yoga Teacher Training with John Ogilvy and Byron Yoga Centre.  Julia Mak started exploring different yoga styles in Hungary in her late teens but it was after relocating to New Zealand in 2006 when she started practising vinyasa flow yoga that she got hooked forever. Amazed at how yoga has helped her to tackle with the difficulties her new life has brought, in winter 2012 she received her 200 RYT from Byron Yoga Centre Australia studying with John Ogilvie.

The established Thursday evening class already has a nice group of regulars attending who always try to also have fun and a giggle. Classes Monday and Thursdays 7pm to 8.15pm. ($10 per class or 10 classes for $80) Contact The Rose Centre for further information.


By Channel Editorial

Channel Magazine: Issuu 49 November 2014

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