The PumpHouse: Roger Hall’s Spreading Out

Date: August 9th, 2020 - August 9th, 2020

After so many cancellations and postponements across the entertainment industry it is time to once again celebrate the joys of live theatre in its many different forms. Tadpole Productions returns to The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna on Sunday 9 August, with a 3pm “one show only” play-reading of Roger Hall’s “Spreading Out”, directed by Janice Finn. Stay after the performance for a Q & A with Roger and Janice and members of the cast.

In this hilarious and poignant sequel to the sell-out season of “Middle Age Spread” Tadpole staged in 2019, some of the original cast will be reprising their roles for the read through.  The cast includes Anna Baird, Barry de Lore, Scott Harding, Rachale Davies and Tama Jarman, with Ashley Wallace making her Tadpole stage debut alongside her mother, Louise Wallace.

“Spreading Out” is a comedy, but at times runs ruefully close to the truth of ageing, with deeply familiar caricatures and the wonderful one-liners Sir Roger is renowned for. A moving examination of family dynamics across generations and the effect each individual unknowingly has on the other. We have “known” all these people, discussing them and their recurring issues at dinner parties and in supportive telephone conversations over the years.

Don’t miss this once only chance to attend a read through of “Spreading Out” with a wonderful cast, in the beautiful PumpHouse Theatre by the lake. (And the French Rendezvous café next door to the theatre is perfect for lunch or afternoon tea before the show.)


Find tickets and more information on The PumpHouse website, here.

Encore Theatre Collective is proud to present a dazzling new production of Seussical The Musical, based on the immortal works of Dr Seuss. Seussical brings to life many infamous and well-loved Dr Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie La Bird and, of course, the Cat in the Hat. These characters and stories weave together in a whimsical and wacky musical extravaganza, played out against an uplifting score, and highlighting the show’s universal messages of love and acceptance – reminding us all that “a person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Since launching in 2019, Encore Theatre Collective has made an incredible mark on the Auckland theatre scene and redefined the standard of youth theatre in New Zealand. Hot on the heels of their sold-out season of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the June season of Seussical features 120 of the country’s finest young talent, ranging in age from 9-23.

With spectacular choreography, unbelievable production design, and slick vocals, Encore Theatre Collective’s Seussical The Musical is the theatrical offering of 2021 that you will not want to miss!

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