THE PUMPHOUSE THEATRE: What's On
A Good Old Fashioned Ghost Story
This month the resident PumpHouse ghost may have to share his space with the spectre of a woman in black.
It is somewhat appropriate during Heritage Month that Tadpole Productions have selected Stephen Mallatratt’s spooky play The Woman in Black for their 4th season at The PumpHouse. The genre of haunted gothic novels, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries is contemporary to the original historic pump house, the first incarnation of which was built in the late 19th century. English author Susan Hill published the gothic novella The Woman in Black in 1983 but the story’s sensibilities are firmly located in the heyday of the gothic genre. The stage adaptation of the novella has seen the play come second only to The Mousetrap as the longest running in theatre history. Meaning that we all still like a good old fashioned ghost story to send chills up the spine.
The PumpHouse itself with is quaint character and antique charm lends itself very well to the telling of this kind of tale. Many an actor has been frightened witless by the building’s dark shadows and flickering movements caught in the blink of an eye. Occasionally the sound of footsteps can be heard overhead when nobody was thought to be around. Doors open and close all by themselves. Stage lights and sound equipment suddenly become tricky when not moments before had been working perfectly well.
The scene has now been set, The PumpHouse ghost has been given his brief and The Woman in Black has a message for you. Come follow her.
Legendary Kiwi author Joy Cowley’s hugely popular storybook of Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her obsession with washing animals has made it to the stage for the first-time ever.
In director Tim Bray’s expert adaptation Cowley’s charming characters leap off the page. The education season sold out in record time so there are obviously hundreds of Wishy-Washy fans out there equally obsessed with pet bathing. As this edition goes to print the early bird tickets are all but sold out and the books have been flying out the door. Be in quick to get your seats before the season ends on October 12th.
The PumpHouse’s bi-monthly Friday Forum talks have been growing in popularity over the past year.
They have featured a number of fascinating guest speakers from the performing arts including Louise Wallace, Tina Cross, George Henare, Tim Bray and Roger Hall as well as local identities such as Peter White from the Takapuna Beach Business Association and North Shore MP Maggie Barry. Each speaker has revealed an array of interesting trivia about their life and times, what makes them tick and what brought them to their present careers.
To mark Heritage Month, The PumpHouse will host a special Friday Forum with a historic theme – the life and times of the North Shore. Our honoured guest is local identity and historian David Verran, Auckland Public Library Researcher and author of The North Shore: An Illustrated History. David’s family dates back to North Shore of the 19th century – anyone heard of Verran’s Corner? He may even have some interesting facts to share about the 108 year-old PumpHouse building. This Friday Forum is a must for anyone keen to find out more about their local stomping ground and its hundreds of years of back story, both European and Maori. David will take questions after the talk. Entry $5.00. Limited seats, booking is advised.
Inspire - A Special Fundraising Evening for The PumpHouse
A quick heads-up to the locals. In November, The North Shore Theatre & Arts Trust Board in conjunction with NZ Fashion Tech will present a Catwalk Fashion show to raise funds for The PumpHouse Theatre’s new disabled access toilet and baby change area.
This event will cap off a busy year of fundraising for the very worthy and long overdue toilets project and promises to bring a swathe of glamour to the lake shore. More about the Inspire Catwalk Fashion Show in the November issue of Channel but let it be known that many generous Takapuna businesses have donated some fabulous items to be auctioned on the night – just in time for Christmas. Tickets are on sale now.
What's On @ The Pumphouse
October 7 @ 7pm
Dark Mondays Play Reading
Two one-act plays
Finding The Locus, and
There’s No Business
By Denis Edwards
Entry by Koha, All Welcome
Bar opens 6.30pm
Until October 12
Tim Bray Productions presents
By Joy Cowley
Various session times
Adult/Child $21 - $24, Senior $21, Family rate (4+ seats) $19.75 - $21
October 17 – 26
Tadpole Productions Presents
The Woman in Black
By Susan Hill
Adapted for stage by Stephen Mallatratt
Adult $40, Senior $35, Student $25, Group Concession 10+ $33 per
November 21st @ 6.30pm
The North Shore Theatre & Arts Trust Presents
Inspire – A Catwalk Fashion Show of the top designs from the graduating year of
NZ Fashion Tech
Featuring a selection of KLEENEX® COTTONELLE® toilet paper dresses. ®Registered Trademark Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc© 2013 KCWW.
6.30pm Bubbly and Canapes