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Duration: 19 Aug – 11 Sep
Celebrating Bruce Mason’s Centennial
Price: $25 – $52

PLAYWRIGHT – Bruce Mason
DIRECTOR – Shane Bosher
PERFORMER – Stephen Lovatt
DESIGNERS – Jane Hakaraia, Sean Lynch and Paul McLaney
COMPANY – Brilliant Adventures

19 Aug – 11 Sep
Circa Two
Tues – Sat 7.30pm; Sun 4.30pm
$25 – $52   

Note: $42 ‘Concession’ price (Community Services Card, Gold Card or student ID required)

A theatrical box set from an iconic playwright and one of our greatest actors.

Bruce Mason is perhaps the most significant playwright in Aotearoa’s theatrical history. Writing with courage and insight, he was a lover of language and a champion of the underdog.

Between 1959 and 1978, Bruce toured the country, telling uniquely Kiwi stories about emerging identity, cultural cringe and social difference. From church halls to country shearing sheds to the Edinburgh Festival, Bruce would play anywhere, in any circumstance, to any audience.

2021 marks the centenary of his birth. To celebrate his extraordinary legacy, actor Stephen Lovatt is collaborating with director Shane Bosher and the Bruce Mason Estate to make three of his greatest solo works resound for a new age.

Timeless. Universal. Distinct. Performed in repertory, this mini-festival is a not-to-be-missed theatrical encounter with a master craftsman.

Note: Performance schedule to be released at a later date.


The End of the Golden Weather

“I invite you to join me, in a voyage into the past, to that territory of the heart we call childhood.”

Bruce Mason’s quintessential Kiwi classic chronicles the friendship between a 12-year-old boy and the wild-limbed Firpo.

Through the boy’s eyes we see the wonder of life on a perfect beach, in a perfect 1930s New Zealand, during a perfect summer. It’s a world of magic and transformation, where anything can happen and miracles seem possible.

Firpo is a social outcast who dreams of winning an Olympic medal. When the boy sets out to help Firpo make his dream a reality, ignoring his father’s rebukes and community ridicule, a battle rages between the eternal optimism of childhood and the harsh pragmatism of adulthood.

Gliding effortlessly between flights of poetic fancy and blunt everyday speech, The End of the Golden Weather is New Zealand storytelling at its very best.

Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes

An adolescent boy tries to find his place in an adult-dominated world. A young man retraces an intensely felt boyhood experience of bullying. A playwright in his last days reconciles the value of an artistic life and challenges the idea of New Zealand identity.

Comic disasters and confronting your own hubris. Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes is a richly autobiographical search for self-expression. Profound and true, it is a set of variations about over-reaching, cheekily confronting our very own Tall Poppy Syndrome.

Courting Blackbird

July 1939. Bo Baron, the enfant terrible who has haunted Europe, is packed off to New Zealand to live with relations. Upon his arrival in Wellington Harbour, he sets out to charm and outrage New Zealand society. Prepare for hijinks a-plenty.

This is the story of an extraordinary friendship, a spirited awakening and a wildly idiosyncratic man. Embodying the emergence of a sociopolitical consciousness, this is a play for today, backed by a fistpump for the wicked and irreverent in all of us.

Note: Performance schedule to be released at a later date.

Photos: Ralph Brown

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