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An Irish play that pulls at the heartstrings

 Tadpole Productions have ventured into popular territory with their latest offering, Stones In His Pockets, an award-winning comedy/drama set in Ireland by Belfast-based playwright Marie Jones. Everybody loves the unique, gentle humour and pathos of an Irish play and Stones In His Pockets is no exception.

The story is set in a rural village in County Kerry that finds itself hosting a Hollywood movie shoot. The story centers on Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, who, like much of the town, are employed as extras for the filming. 

Much of the comedy of the play is derived from the efforts of the production crew to create the proper "Irish feel", a romanticized stereotyped notion that often conflicts with the reality of daily life, and that it calls upon the cast of two to perform all 15 roles (men and women), often switching gender and voice with swift dexterity and the absolute bare minimum of costume changes.

Auckland actors Phil Peleton and Emmett Skilton tackle the considerable challenge of juggling the characters and personalities while keeping the story ticking along. 

The opportunity to play up cross-cultural misunderstandings and city vs country values has been milked for its humour and even tragedy which is only to be expected from an Irish play.

Warning: There is some swearing in the dialogue.

Korean Gardens
Trust bring the Jazz

From cross-cultural misunderstandings to a local group’s desire to break down cultural barriers; The Korean Gardens Trust was formed by a group of local Korean business people as a voluntary organisation to keep tidy North Shore parks, by way of giving back to the community they have come to call home. Since 2007, the trust has been working with the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board to develop and create the Korean Gardens in Barry’s Point Reserve. The Gardens are to be a gesture of friendship and goodwill to the people of Auckland; a gift from the Korean Community. To raise awareness of the project and also to garner funds, the Trust is holding a one-night only jazz concert featuring The Young Um Trio.

The Young Um Trio perform a wide variety of styles ranging from tango, bossa nova and swing to beautiful ballads and originals. 

Korean- Born jazz pianist Young Um is a very high profile artist who has performed extensively through New Zealand, appearing at all the major arts and jazz festivals along with her band of this country’s foremost jazz musicians. She is joined by Jason Orme on drums and Tom Dennison on bass.

It’s been a while since The PumpHouse hosted a slick jazz trio. At only $10 there are no excuses for missing this one.


Friday Forum - Guest speaker Janice Webb

The PumpHouse’s Bi-monthly speaking event features one of Auckland’s most well-known singing teachers, Janice Webb. Janice will be talking about her career and some of the star pupils she has guided over her many years nurturing the best of Auckland’s young vocal talent. Entry only $5.

by Channel Magazine