The End of the Golden Weather, 10.30am, Christmas Day 2016

Every Christmas morning for the past decade an enthusiastic crowd has gathered on the Takapuna Beach foreshore for a virtuoso performance of a scene from Bruce Mason’s iconic play The End of the Golden Weather, by actor Stephen Lovatt.

The scene, entitled “Christmas at Te Parenga”, tells the story of a 12 year-old boy’s experience of Christmas rituals in a land where “no snow will ever fall at Christmas”, in a well-to-do family who live at “Te Parenga”, reflecting Bruce Mason’s own childhood living on Takapuna Beach during the Great Depression.

Produced by playwright Roger Hall and sponsored by Auckland Council, this annual event has become a fixture on the North Shore.

In 2016, the event will again be sponsored by the Council, but the producer is Belinda Robinson, Bruce Mason’s daughter and literary executive.

Meanwhile the Council has built a children’s playground on the site where the performance usually takes place, so the venue this year will be about 400 metres up the road, towards the boat club. It’s perhaps an even better site, a natural ampitheatre gently sloping down to the beach, with Rangitoto the perfect backdrop to the stage.

Come along, and bring a mat or low chair to sit on! And please note, in case of bad weather, the performance will be held at the nearby Takapuna Memorial Hall.