• James Bell.

Lovin' Summer!

Killarney Park is a great summer spot with its rolling parkland, the glistening waters of Lake Pupuke and of course, The PumpHouse Theatre. We know summer’s here when Shakespearean tones begin drifting from the amphitheatre and we hear the local kids popping fat manus off the jetty. Ah, the sounds of summer! And summer means it’s the beginning of a new year of exciting events at The PumpHouse.

Shakespeare in the Park: Whether you fancy a bitter-sweet tragedy or a rip-roaring comedy, you’ll find what you’re looking for in this year’s productions from Shoreside Theatre: Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. Come and be part of a great North Shore tradition and experience real Shakespeare with real stars in our outdoor amphitheatre.

Egg & Sperm Race: We’re delighted to be part of Auckland Fringe Festival this year, bringing comedian Sacha Jones to our Coalbunker Studio at the end of the month for two intimate one-hour shows. A relative late-comer to stand-up comedy, Sacha will bring her cutting-edge humour to many topics including motherhood, menopause and husbands. But it’s not just a show for the ladies; the blokes will find it tickles their funny bones too. Come and join Sacha and see why everyone, even her husband (for now) is laughing.

Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet: The beginning of March brings a very different kind of performance to the PumpHouse stage. Rob Mokaraka will perform his award-winning personal story about his fight with a real bullet and depression. Using his expert dance moves, mime, puppetry and stand-up comedy, Rob unfolds his depression in an entertaining yet insightful way, shining light on a traumatic event. This is a black comedy that entertains and enlightens those who have been directly, or indirectly, affected by depression and loss with an uplifting message: There is a way out of the dark. Each performance is followed by an open forum where the audience will have the opportunity to talk with Rob. Shot Bro addresses issues of depression, suicide and survival, but above all, hope.

Toi Takapuna: Shot Bro is the first event in our 2018 Toi Takapuna season of Maori Performing Arts. Throughout the year we’ll be hosting theatre events for all ages, along with educational workshops and opportunities to appreciate and enjoy our Mãori culture.

Keep watching this space for more… 


What’s On… @ The PumpHouse

Jan 20 – Feb 17 at 7:30pm
Shoreside Theatre presents Auckland Shakespeare in the Park
Romeo & Juliet
The Comedy of Errors
Tickets $20 - $28

Feb 23 – 24 at 8:00pm
Sacha Jones and Auckland Fringe present stand-up comedy
The Egg and Sperm Race
Tickets $15 - $18

Feb 24 – 25 at 10:00am - 5:00pm
A weekend workshop teaching the basics of theatre tech
Learn Lighting & Sound
Adults $40, High school students $10

March 1 – 3 at 7:30pm
The PumpHouse Theatre and Mookalucky Productions presents
Shot Bro – Confessions of a Depressed Bullet
Tickets $10 - $20


Issue 84 February 2018