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PLAYWRIGHT – Bruce Mason
DIRECTOR – Shane Bosher
PERFORMER – Stephen Lovatt
DESIGNERS – Jane Hakaraia, Sean Lynch and Paul McLaney
COMPANY – Brilliant Adventures
18 August – 11 September
Circa Two | $25-$52
Tues-Fri at 7.30pm, Sat at 4.00pm and 7.30pm, Sun at 4.30pm
Note: $42 ‘Concession’ price (Community Services Card, Gold Card or student ID required)
Following their critically acclaimed, sold out run of Things I Know to be True, actor Stephen Lovatt and director Shane Bosher return to Circa for a not-to-be missed celebration of playwright Bruce Mason.
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, Brilliant Adventures and Circa Theatre are collaborating with the Bruce Mason Estate to make two of his greatest solo works – The End of the Golden Weather and Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes – resound for a new age.
Enjoy both The End of the Golden Weather and Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes. Simply click on the BOOK A ‘SEASON PASS’ button and add a ticket for each show to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied.
Enjoy two shows on one Saturday. Sat 28th Aug, Sat 4th Sept and Sat 11th Sept (Note: 4pm The End of the Golden Weather + 7.30pm Not Christmas, but Guy Fawkes). Simply click on the BOOK A ‘DOUBLE-BILL’ button and add a ticket for each show to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied.
Includes 1 regular (vegan option available) + 1 house beverage.
*only available between 5.30pm – 7pm on Sat 28 Aug, Sat 4 Sept & Sat 11 Sept
CALL 04 801 7996 TO BOOK
To book tickets to an ‘individual’ Every Kind of Weather show, please click on a button below.
19 Aug – 11 Sep
$30 Preview – Weds 18 Aug 7.30pm + $30 Special – Sun 22 Aug 4.30pm
Weds & Fri 7.30pm; Sat 4pm & Sun 4.30pm
$25 – $52
“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.
21 Aug – 11 Sep
$30 Preview – Fri 20 Aug 7.30pm
Tues, Thurs & Sat 7.30pm
$25 – $52
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.
Photos: Ralph Brown