Theatre re­turns to beach

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A Kiwi clas­sic re­turns to Taka­puna this Christ­mas day, with a scene from The End of the Golden Weather be­ing per­formed on the beach.

The play was writ­ten by Bruce Ma­son, who grew up in Taka­puna in the 1930s and whose name­sake is the nearby theatre.

For the 12th time, a scene from the play ti­tled Christ­mas at Te Parenga will be per­formed by ac­tor Stephen Lo­vatt.

The scene, which was first per­formed in 2005, tells of a 12-yearold boy’s ex­pe­ri­ence of Christ­mas in a place where ‘‘no snow will ever fall’’.

It was in­spired by Ma­son’s child­hood. Belinda Robin­son, Ma­son’s daugh­ter, pro­duced the scene and said it was a fix­ture of the day.

‘‘The event has grown in pop­u­lar­ity year on year. Last year, about 450 peo­ple came along,’’ Robin­son said. ‘‘The play has a de­voted fol­low­ing amongst the older gen­er­a­tion, and younger gen­er­a­tions dis­cover and re­late to it well.’’

The an­nual per­for­mance will take place on Taka­puna Beach Re­serve next to the play­ground on Christ­mas Day, 10.30am till 11am. En­try by koha goes to Ox­fam.

Last year, more than $1400 was raised for Ox­fam. Bring a rug or chair, or sit on the grass.

If it’s rain­ing, the event will be held at the Taka­puna War Memo­rial Hall.

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The End of The Golden Weather, an­nu­ally per­formed by Stephen Lo­vatt, is back this Christ­mas day.

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