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