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Newbie, Pirates and Agatha Christie

Last month The PumpHouse welcomed a new staff member, Benjamin Teh, to our small team. We're now a theatre of two and two halves. Ben has been settling in amidst the chaos of theatre groups and bands packing in and out, rehearsals and booking line phones going non-stop and managing all this with calm aplomb.
It is Ben's voice you will hear more often than not as first point of contact for the ticket booking line. Please be kind to him after all, he's the new kid. And as such we asked to give his impressions of his first few days at The Pumphouse coalface.

The New Kid
"Hi, I’m Benjamin. The new kid. I sit at a desk in an office at The PumpHouse. Lovely brick walls, and when I look to my left, I look out at the scenic Lake Pupuke. It looks beautiful when it’s calm, it looks fantastical when it’s pouring down with rain. Almost like you should be able to run along the surface of it. And even if you fall, it’s only water.
So it’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me. Thrown in the deep end, and everyone watching intently to see if I sink or swim. Meet the boss, meet the co-workers, learn the ins and outs, find out about the shows current and future, meet Tiger the resident cat, start earning my  keep, and suddenly…I’m working at a theatre! This is awesome! I doggy paddle, I splutter a tad, but I’ll swim back to shore. It’s like those Piri Weepu posts on facebook, I’ve got this.
I write, I act, I direct. I like being creative. So working at a theatre is pretty much a dream job. I still remember seeing the job opening and instantly thinking of how awesome it would be if I got that job. Dramatic pause. I got that job, and it is pretty awesome. I just looked in on the guys rehearsing for Matariki-Oke, it looks and sounds amazing. Tim Bray Productions have been packing in for the last few days, so we have pirates in the house! Insert fistpump here. I’m very excited about watching The Great Piratical Rumbustification, since I only discovered theatre when I started university. I’ve never seen a children’s show before. It’ll be great to finally watch one.
Until next time, I’m certain we’ll cross paths again."
The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy
Ahoy there! The pirates are restless. ‘Oh, for a pirate party!’ they declare. But…a pirate party must be a stolen one. Tim Bray Productions brings you an adventure for your little ones! Tim Bray Productions stage adaptation of The Great Piratical Rumbustification introduces us to Alpha, Oliver, and Omega Terrapin, alone for an evening of devilish fun and none other than Orpheus Clinker, a reformed pirate cleverly transformed into a respectable babysitter. Or has he reformed? Before you can say "Yo Ho Ho" the Terrapin household has become headquarters of the century's biggest pirate party.
Put on your best pirate finery, grab your parrot, then come and enjoy Margaret Mahy’s piratical fun and the best rumbustification you’ve had in years. Yarrr!

Miss Marrzipan Drama 2012
Miss Marrzipan Drama 2012 is a charity event held by Collette Lochore, Miss World New Zealand. All money goes to Variety the Children’s Charity and the event’s focus is the self-value, confidence and the inner beauty within young women. The winner of the pageant will be crowned ‘Miss Marrzipan Drama 2012’.

And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is the story of ten people, who have previously been complicit in the deaths of others but have escaped notice or punishment. Each are tricked into coming onto an island and although the guests are the only people on the island, each is murdered one by one, in a manner paralleling, inexorably and sometimes grotesquely, the old nursery rhyme, Ten Little Indians.
It is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Come watch the play, and play detective for a night!

What's On... @ The Pumphouse

July 2 - 14
Theatre for children in the July school holidays
Tim Bray Productions Presents
The Great Piratical Rumbustification
by Margaret Mahy
Margaret Mahy’s tale of rumbustical pirates live on stage.
Daily at 10.30am & 1pm except Sundays. Running time 1 hour
Ticket prices: B reserve seats $21, A reserve seats $22
No age concessions. Family pass rate for 4 or more: $19.50 per ticket. Groups of 10 or more $18.50 per ticket
Be in quick to get Earlybird special ticket price of $17.50 for performances on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July.

July 15
Miss Marrzipan Drama 2012
Presented by Collette Lochore
‘Beauty with a Purpose’
5pm Sunday, One night only
Adult/Seniors $20 Student/Child $15 Table of Four $195

July 26-August 4
Shoreside Theatre presents
And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie’s best-selling murder mystery
All performances 7.30pm
Sunday 28 July Matinee 2.30pm. No show Monday
Adults $25 Student/Concesssion $20
Group discounts available

Bookings: Ph 489 8360 or
The PumpHouse Theatre (off Manurere Ave)  Killarney Park, Takapuna.
The PumpHouse acknowledges the support of Pub Charity.

by Channel Editorial