Events

Bruce Mason Centre: BadJelly the Witch Glow Show

July 10th, 2024

Badjelly the Witch, the much-loved, utterly loony Spike Milligan classic, is this year’s Glow Show! Nearly 100,000 Kiwi kids, parents and educators have seen a Glow Show; come and join the fun with the frolicking, witchy-poo, super-fun Badjelly the Witch. The brilliantly nonsensical tale, celebrating its 50th birthday, is being entirely reimagined with the unique Glow Show treatment. The Glow Show’s utterly original mash-up of science, puppetry and music is a glorious experience for children and this year it will be a wonderfully nostalgic event for adults. The goofiness of Bare Bottom Land, the giggle-inducing catch-cries like “Stinky poo to all of you!", and the imagination-twisting characters of Badjelly are set to bring a little fright and lots of fun to 30 venues across Aotearoa from July 5. Don't miss out!

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Bruce Mason Centre: Morning Melodies - National Youth Theatre

July 15th, 2024

We are delighted to welcome back National Youth Theatre to the Morning Melodies programme for 2024. The stars of tomorrow, ranging in age from 7 to 21, present some of musical theatre’s greatest hits featuring songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, some Disney favourites and classics from the past as well as premiering some new works of musical theatre composed especially for NYT. National Youth Theatre is a Charitable Trust, devoted to changing lives from the stage. This performance is part of the Auckland Live Morning Melodies 2024 season. In its 23rd year, this much-loved monthly concert series features a fantastic line-up of brass bands, jazz ensembles, and more. Arrive early and connect with friends new and old over complimentary tea and biscuits before the show.

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Bruce Mason Centre: Madagascar - The Musical

July 16th, 2024 - July 20th, 2024

Step into the wild with Madagascar: The Musical - an adrenaline-packed extravaganza that brings your favourite animated characters to life on stage! Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria on a thrilling adventure filled with infectious music, sensational dance numbers and laugh-out-loud moments. This high energy production is a feast for the senses, delivering an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages. Get ready to ‘Move It, Move It’ to the jungle and embark on a journey like never before. Madagascar: The Musical – where the stage sizzles with excitement, and the fun never stops! Grab your tickets for a wild ride today!

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The PumpHouse: Late Night Knife Fight

July 19th, 2024

The improv show where three teams face off in a battle for glory, honour, and the audience’s favour… We bring the knives. You bring the judgment. We are thrilled to be back in the Coal Bunker for another season of late night comedy staple Late Night Knife Fight. The Knife Fight is a joyful proving ground for improvisers creating new work and ensembles. It’s your chance to see 4 shows in one and catch the next big thing before it’s even off the ground. Each show features 3 dueling acts and one headliner (the winner of the previous show). Knife Fight offers development, coaching, and collaboration for improv performers across companies and styles. It’s a truly unique and powerful place in Tāmaki Makaurau’s theatre landscape. Work presented at LNKF has gone on to full seasons and festivals, including 100 Things (Dunedin Fringe 2024), Post-Apocalyptic Bard (Auckland Improv Fest 2023), RAW! ASMR (Auckland Fringe 2022), Two Dope Teens (winner: Best Improv Nelson Fringe 2018), The History Boy (nominated: Outstanding Solo Performer NZ Fringe 2021), and many more! Teams will be announced closer to the show date. Keep an eye on our socials and knifefight.nz for team announcements! The first rule of Knife Fight is… BOOK EARLY!

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Takapuna Winter Lights 2024

July 25th, 2024 - July 28th, 2024

5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Takapuna Winter Lights will keep winter alive for four nights this July. The fully assessable, all-ages outdoor sensory experience is a free event in the heart of Takapuna that will bring communities and families together, with light installations, performances and music and it is on its way to becoming an annual highlight on the Auckland arts and cultural calendar. Takapuna Winter Lights will be held at Takapuna’s new Waiwharariki Anzac Square, 25-28 July 2024 and is proudly brought to you by the Takapuna Beach Business Association, Auckland Council, SILO, AMD, Go Media and Barfoot & Thompson. Lights are on from 5-10pm, so dress up warm, pop in for a bite & drink at your favourite restaurants and bars and let your senses guide you through Takapuna Winter Lights 2024. WHEN: 25-28 July 2024 TIME: 5-10pm each night WHERE: Waiwharariki Anzac Square

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The PumpHouse: Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie

July 25th, 2024 - August 4th, 2024

About: Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, is prone to daydreaming. ‘Supposing I were to come down one morning and find a dead body in the library, what should I do?’ she muses. Clarissa has her chance to find out when she discovers a body in the drawing room of her house in Kent. Agatha Christie’s comedy thriller in three acts delivers a unique blend of suspense and humour in an intricate plot of murder, police, drugs, hidden doorways and secret drawers. Runtime: 2 hours + interval Sponsors: Spider's Web is part of the Takapuna Winter Lights Festival Takapuna Winter Lights Festival remains committed to accessibility, offering free admission to all attendees. Festival-goers can explore the enchanting displays through Waiwharariki Anzac Square, Potters Park and Hurstmere Green at their leisure, with an array of eateries, restaurants, food trucks and beverages available to enhance the experience. Takapuna Winter Lights is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the Takapuna Beach Business Association, Auckland Council, SILO, AMD, Go Media, Barfoot and Thompson, Mercury and our incredible funding partners July 25 – July 28, 2024, 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Waiwharariki Anzac Square, Central Takapuna Free (excluding ticketed events)

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The PumpHouse: Creative Talks - Alan Reekie, QSM

September 9th, 2024

7:00 pm

Alan Reekie, QSM Arts Governance Expert Alan has been involved with performing arts governance for many years. He was a committee member of the North Shore Performing Arts Society since the 1980s and awarded Life Membership in 2018. These competitions enabled many young people to participate in the performing arts in Auckland and help establish the careers of many singers in New Zealand. Alan has a background in accounting which has well placed him to develop his knowledge of constitutional documents, keeping up with changing regulatory requirements, his willingness to help others acquire the skills needed to govern effectively, and for stepping in to help with organisational matters as required. Alan serves as Secretary of the North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust and is a life Member of the Trust Alan is going to share his history with the arts and The PumpHouse in particular.

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The PumpHouse: Creative Talks - Stu Bagby

October 7th, 2024

7:00 pm

Stu Bagby Poet Formerly a gravedigger, Stu has more recently been occupied part-time as a tutor and reviewer and poet. Stu is a former Poetry Society Competition winner and has been published both as a poet and as an editor. His books have been listed among the best of their year by both the Sunday Star Times and the NZ Listener. He is the organiser and MC of the annual Poetry Day event held at Takapuna Library. Stu will read from and discuss, in a non-academic way, his poetry and that of other poets he admires and hopes to show that poetry need not be elitist or difficult.

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