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The Pumphouse - What We Do

On any given week, Killarney Park receives hundreds of visitors - from people who swim, dive or sail on the lake, families feeding the ducks, busloads of cruise ship tourists, to cafe customers and dog walkers.
It always seems to be busy, especially with the wonderful summer weather we’ve been experiencing, yet the staff at The PumpHouse still come across long-time locals who tell us that they’ve never been to our patch of the park and had no idea that The PumpHouse existed or what it’s for. Therefore it’s high time we reminded North Shore-ites about what we do. The PumpHouse is a community performing arts facility that operates as a programmed venue for hire for the performing arts and other managed and/or ticketed events. Our remit is to encourage participation in the arts at the local community level.
As well as theatre performances the venue hosts play readings, book launches, poetry slams, music competitions, wellness conferences, psychic readings and other kinds of events that might draw an audience from the local community. A community performing arts venue serves as entry level access for emerging performing artists and stage crew. Basically anyone can approach the management team at The PumpHouse with a proposal to produce an event at the venue.
Being a programmed venue means The PumpHouse management decides whether an event proposal fits within the parameters of the annual event calendar. Of course the venue isn’t free to use, but the hire fees are at the lower end of the scale to make the space affordable for community users.
The PumpHouse has great professional sound and lighting facilities, two pianos, including a Bluthner Grand and a top notch in-house ticketing system; offerings that improve every year thanks to the efforts of The PumpHouse staff and the North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust which administers the operations that take place in the 108-year-old-heritage building.
The PumpHouse’s most recent success with venue improvement projects is to secure $112,000 from the Community Facilities Development Fund North (via Auckland Council) in order to provide new toilets for our long-suffering patrons. This project will meet the building code minimum standards for disabled access and also allows for a baby change area. We hope that by this time next year the project will be completed. Cue cheers from the hundreds of parents who endue the queue for the loo at every children’s theatre production.
The PumpHouse welcomes young people in particular who might be interested in becoming involved with the theatre. One of the best ways to take that first step onto the stage is to join one of the local theatre groups that regularly produce shows at The PumpHouse such as Shoreside Theatre or North Shore Music Theatre. Groups like these are the lifeblood of community performing arts and offer opportunities to become involved in all aspects of theatre production.

Eco-Fest Launch Party 2013
Last month, The PumpHouse hosted the launch of EcoFest, a festival of events and activities with an environmental flavour.
Over 80 guests took afternoon tea amid summer sounds provided by Birkenhead College’s Jazz Trio.  A symbolic woven sculpture, made of harakeke, designed and created by flax educator Judy Te Hiwi, was presented to Festival Manager Louisa Chase who invited guests to weave their own personal tokens onto the art-piece. Speakers included long-time conservationist Gordon Ell, movie-maker Nancy Lan, performance poet and climate change activist Nalini Singh, and Councillor Wayne Walker, chair of the Auckland Council’s Environment & Sustainability Forum. EcoFest took place across the North Shore up to Orewa during March. It was supported by Auckland Council and co-ordinated by Kaipatiki Project, a community based organisation established in 1998 to carry out ecological restoration and environmental education with communities across the North Shore and further afield

Top NZ Brass Band
In April, as guests of the North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club, the multi-award winning Dalewool Auckland Brass band will perform.
The band was founded in 1919 as the Auckland Watersiders Silver Band and has achieved numerous accolades over the years under its various names owing to different sponsorship arrangements, including Continental Airlines, Carlton & United Breweries. These awards include the world title in 1981 and numerous New Zealand and Australian championship wins. They were placed in the top ten in the world at the prestigious British Open Championships amd have released several CDs to wide critical acclaim.
Don’t miss them this month at The Pumphouse!

What's On @ The Pumphouse

Sunday 7th April @ 2pm
North Shore Organ and Keyboard Club presents

A Sunday Afternoon Musical Spectacular
Featuring Dalewool Auckland Brass

April 15 – May 4
Tim Bray Productions presents

The Dragon of an Ordinary Family
By Margaret Mahy
Various session times.

May 8 – 19
Tadpole Productions presents Driving Miss Daisy

The Pulitzer prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry
Tues –Sat 7.30pm
Matinees Sat and Sun

by Channel Editorial