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Date: 8 Apr - 21 Dec 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse


Use this option to book a season ticket for both A Story about A Poet and Dial M for Murder

To book for just one show, click on the following links:
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Date: 16 Oct - 21 Oct 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse


by JOY COWLEY
adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY
additional songs by CHRISTINE WHITE

Presented by Tim Bray Productions – Auckland’s leading theatre for children.

Date: Sat 23 Sep - Sat 14 Oct 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse / The PumpHouse
Prices: $12.00 to $30.00


Guzheng, also known as the Chinese zither, is a unique music instrument which originated in China over 2500 years ago.
Lin Zheng, founder of Zheng’s Music Studio, along with her students, held their inaugural concert (Rhythm of Chinese Guzheng) at The PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna last year. Following on from their highly successful performance, this year in October, they will host their second annual concert entitled Charm of Guzheng to New Zealand audiences.
This year’s performance will consist of a variety of genres, from traditional Chinese Guzheng music to modern day pop. Several of these songs have been adapted by Lin Zheng herself, which will be premiered in this year’s show.

New Zealand Zheng’s Music Studio

This studio is dedicated in providing education in the art of Guzheng Music through performance and experience. Zheng’s Music Studio aims to promote traditional Chinese culture and art and encourage art communications between Western and Chinese cultures. The Studio devotes itself to culture interests and love of music, spark musical inspiration and enrich lives with art.

Since establishing, the Studio has had the opportunity to perform at many different events, such as the Auckland Mid-Autumn Festival Gala Concert and the New Stars Dreamworks Singing Competition 2016. The Studio was honoured to have been invited by the Ethnic Communities Minister of New Zealand to perform at the 2017 Chinese New Year celebration in the Beehive. The Studio was also invited for New Zealand Music Month events and held community showcase performances at St Helier’s Community Library, Devonport Library and Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital.

Date: Sun 15 Oct 2017 At: 7:00PM
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $25.00


Date: Mon 16 Oct 2017 At: 4:00PM
Venue: PumpHouse Education
Prices: $100.00


Click here to book a season ticket for both A Story about A Poet and Dial M for Murder

A Story about A Poet is the third originally-written stage play by Milford play-wright/producer Yabing Liu of I-start Chinese Theatre. This heart-touching play was a hit with the audience when it was showcased at The PumpHouse’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in May 2017. Although performed in Mandarin, the mainly English-speaking audience was entranced by the actors’ moving and poignant performance proving that language is often no barrier to the enjoyment of art and the telling of a story.

A Story About A Poet, which is inspired by the life of the Chinese/New Zealand poet Gu Cheng, is reportedly I-start Theatre’s ‘audience favourite’ to date.
Hence at the request of many who missed it, A Story About a Poet returns to the PumpHouse stage.
Gu Cheng was a famous Chinese poet who lived and eventually died on Waiheke Is-land. The poet became depressed and restless after his lover left him. However his wife encouraged and supported him to write a novel, based on the love story about him and the other woman. This touching story shows how the process of writing the novel witnesses the complex and unusual emotional journey about love and death.

“一个诗人的故事”是冰点话剧社自成立以来的第三部原创作品。四月在水泵房剧场上演后反响热烈。应一些没有看到这部剧的观众的要求,重新回到舞台。这个故事是以著名中国诗人顾城的感情生活为蓝本创作的一部话剧。 诗人在被自己的情人抛弃后,陷入到忧郁与挣扎中,于是开始在妻子的帮助下写作一本书,而这本书是有过他和另外一个女人的爱情故事,在这个写作过程中展现了爱情和死亡奇异而极致的感情经历。

I-start Chinese Theatre was established in 2014. Since then, three original plays have been produced, all receiving very good reviews from audiences, Chinese Media and local media.
I-start Theatre’s first play, Nice to Meet You, was a great success when staged at The PumpHouse, and was even reported on by CCTV in Beijing. The second play, 56 Chang De Road, was also a hit in the local Chinese community.

I-start Theatre aims to give Chinese amateur theatre performers a stage on which to show their talents, and at the same time provide original stories inspired by real life, to entertain and inspire audiences of all cultures.


冰点话剧社成立于2014年9月26日,在短短三年间已经出品了三部原创话剧以及一部改编经典剧,成员已经发展到近百人。第一部原创情感话剧Nice to Meet You在the Pump House 首演即在华社引起轰动,本地主要华语媒体和中国官方媒体都报道了新西兰第一家华人剧社演出成功的消息。2016年的第二部原创悬疑剧“常德路56号”也获得了广泛的好评。而根据诗人顾城的感情生活创作的《一个诗人的故事》被称为冰点成立以来的经典之作。冰点话剧社的目标是给奥克兰的话剧业余爱好者一个实现梦想的舞台,同时用最贴近生活的原创话剧给观众以精神上的娱乐与启迪。

Date: Mon 16 Oct - Tue 17 Oct 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $20.00 to $25.00


Click here to book a season ticket for both A Story about A Poet and Dial M for Murder

《电话谋杀案》是悬念大事希区柯克的经典悬疑作品。现在由冰点话剧社改编后成为一个发生在上海的悬疑故事。游手好闲的丈夫发现妻子有外遇后打算谋杀她。没想到事与愿违,究竟最后结果如何??这部剧将挑战你的智商和胆量!

Dial M For Murder, the thriller by Alfred Hitchcock, has been rewritten in Mandarin by Milford producer/playwright Yabing Liu of I-start Chinese Theatre.

In Yabing’s hands, Hitchcock’s classic story about a husband who plans to murder his rich, adulterous wife, is transformed into an equally suspenseful Chinese thriller set in Shanghai.

Since its establishment in 2014, I-start Chinese Theatre has presented three original plays. All received great reviews from audiences, Chinese Media and local media.
I-start Theatre’s first play, Nice to Meet You, was a great success on its debut sea-son at The PumpHouse, and was even reported on by CCTV in Beijing. The second play, 56 Chang De Road, was also a hit in the local Chinese community.

I-start Theatre aims to give Chinese amateur theatre performers a stage on which to show their talents, and at the same time provide original stories inspired by real life, to entertain and inspire audiences of all cultures.

冰点话剧社成立于2014年9月26日,在短短三年间已经出品了三部原创话剧以及一部改编经典剧,成员已经发展到近百人。第一部原创情感话剧Nice to Meet You在the Pump House 首演即在华社引起轰动,本地主要华语媒体和中国官方媒体都报道了新西兰第一家华人剧社演出成功的消息。2016年的第二部原创悬疑剧“常德路56号”也获得了广泛的好评。而根据诗人顾城的感情生活创作的《一个诗人的故事》被称为冰点成立以来的经典之作。冰点话剧社的目标是给奥克兰的话剧业余爱好者一个实现梦想的舞台,同时用最贴近生活的原创话剧给观众以精神上的娱乐与启迪。

Date: Thu 19 Oct - Sat 21 Oct 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $20.00 to $25.00


Two

Tadpole Productions brings you this clever play for two actors by well known English actor and playwright, Jim Cartwright. Set in an rundown “local” pub it takes the audience through a spectrum of human emotion, giving intimate insights into the lives of the colourful pub regulars.

The two actors play fourteen characters, from the bantering and bickering publican and his wife to a womanising would-be Lothario and his long suffering girlfriend. There’s the ‘other woman’, hiding behind her sunglasses, trying to drum up courage to confront her married lover; the old man who takes quiet comfort in his memories of his late wife; the fat couple who come to the pub to eat crisps and watch TV; while a buttoned up headmistress type reveals her secret lust for “big men”. In a series of sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant, yet always incredibly human vignettes, each character or couple reflects fragments of ourselves as the play mines the depths of human experience.

“Brilliantly, surrealistically and comically poetic” Sunday Times, London

“There are laughter and tears along the way in this emotional rollercoaster” Manchester Evening News

“Warmly comic” Sydney Morning Herald



Date: Thu 26 Oct - Sun 5 Nov 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $25.00 to $39.00


Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band bring blues, ballads, banter and bling to your Friday night.

Wellington based Laura Collins and the Back Porch Blues Band are dynamic, masterful and all about entertainment.

Collins, who is known for being an engaging front woman, likes to move between ballsy blues and soulful ballads, making them her own. You'll no doubt hear a little Nina Simone, a little Etta James and Laura's take on some unsuspecting men.
Laura says "Blues comes straight from the heart and that’s just how I like it, it’s accessible, joyful, heart full music and not only that it makes me want to move – what’s not to like?”

Laura's band are all long-time players in the Wellington and National music scene. Wayne Mason well-known singer songwriter, also one hell of a fine boogie piano player ‘firing it up’ on their behalf. Think Fats Domino, think Dr John, think Professor Longhair and you’ll be in the right honky tonk.

John O’Connor, a masterful, pedal-free guitarist who’s played with everyone along the way, from BB King to Kiri Te Kanawa. In the engine room George Barris on warm upright bass (in his early days part of Highway) is joined by Pete Cogswell on the ‘back porch’ drums.

“Having a pulled-back rhythm section just allows us to be lower volume and bring a really warm vocal led sound. We’ll still make you want to dance though, this band just swings.”

Let the Back Porch Blues Band add some heat to your Friday night.



Date: Fri 10 Nov 2017 At: 8:00PM
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $22.00 to $25.00


Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic thriller, Jekyll & Hyde is the gripping tale of a
brilliant mind gone horrifically awry, set to a powerful pop-rock score by Frank Wildhorn
with book and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse.
In an attempt to cure his ailing father’s mental illness by separating “good” from “evil” in the human personality, talented physician
Dr. Jekyll inadvertently creates an alternate personality of pure evil, dubbed Mr. Hyde,
who wreaks murderous havoc on the city of London. As his fiancé Emma grows
increasingly fearful for her betrothed, a prostitute, Lucy, finds herself dangerously involved
with both the doctor and his alter ego. Struggling to control Hyde before he takes over for
good, Jekyll must race to find a cure for the demon he has created in his own mind.

Date: Sat 18 Nov - Sat 2 Dec 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $30.00 to $35.00


by TIM BRAY
songs by CHRISTINE WHITE

Presented by Tim Bray Productions – Auckland’s leading theatre for children.

Date: Mon 11 Dec - Thu 21 Dec 2017
Venue: The PumpHouse
Prices: $12.00 to $25.00