The Importance of Community Theatre

Written by Amy Taylor, Box Office Coordinator at The PumpHouse Theatre

Although community theatre is often overlooked within professional and regional circles, there are so many talented participants who dedicate their time to their art of storytelling. The term “community” shouldn’t put off or be used as a synonym for “poor quality”, as in my experience, this form of theatre is commonly the birthplace of raw ideas and exceptional talent. At The PumpHouse Theatre, we focus on supporting our community and its talent. We are a not-for-profit charity that keeps costs minimal for the artists, to help them live by their art professionally and continue to tell their stories. Next time you consider going to the theatre, consider supporting the foundations of professional theatre and enjoy a production right on your doorstep.

This month, we’ve got an exciting production of The Iliad; Homer’s Epic retold in WW1 and selected as ‘Editor’s Pick’ on Eventfinda listings. The show is timed to coincide the Anzac Day commemorations explores the timeless horror of war with an all-female chorus of singers. If you’re interested in the creative process involved in getting an idea out of your head, join us for a Creative Talk with the Writers, Directors and Producers of The Iliad, Claire Ahuriri-Dunning & James Dunning.

For those with families, we’re celebrating our next season of children’s theatre with Tim Bray’s production of Pippi Longstocking, an enduring favourite of boys and girls around the world. Whilst you make your booking you may like to donate to their ‘Gift a Seat’ programme. Tim Bray Productions offers a free seat to a child from a low decile school, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network of NZ) or Make-A-Wish (NZ). Buy gifting a seat, you can make a difference to children by letting them experience the joys of live theatre.

Finally, Imperfect Offering presents The Music of Leonard Cohen, which is back with a spellbinding new line-up after a sell-out performance in 2016 and 2017. Drawn together by lead vocalist Peter McMillan, the nine-piece band includes violin and even balalaika with musicians from all musical backgrounds including jazz, rock and classical.

We hope you enjoy this month’s variety of performances and look forward to seeing you at The PumpHouse!


What’s On

Tim Bray Productions Presents

Pippi Longstocking

Apr 7 - 28 2018 From $18.50


Pearangi Creative Presents

The Iliad

Apr 19 - 28 2018 From $12


Imperfect Offering Presents

The Music of Leonard Cohen

Apr 29 2018 From $25