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The End of The Golden Weather By Bruce Mason


Wed 5 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–9:45pm
Thu 6 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–9:45pm
Fri 7 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–9:45pm
Sat 8 Oct 2016, 7:30pm–9:45pm

Where: 4th Wall Theatre, 11 Baring Terrace, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Concession, Student, Senior, Group 6+: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: holly48

"I invite you to join me on a voyage into the past…"

Bruce Mason’s iconic solo show is a classic of New Zealand theatre, now coming to New Plymouth in a newly realised theatrical version by contemporary theatre-maker Holly Shanahan.

Imagine if you will Te Parenga - A postcard beach-side paradise where wacky and wonderful small-town characters roam free and easy, squelching sand between their toes in the summer sun. It is the summer of the Depression, and our 12-year-old hero finds the world he is entering into, as he teeters on the cusp of adulthood, is not quite all he imagined it to be…

"The days of childhood slowly thread through memory like a golden snake… Each day joined to the next by unbreakable filament. So one thinks until the thread does break and the snake falls to bits…"

First performed and toured by Mason himself throughout the 1960s and '70s, The End of the Golden Weather has been staged in ensemble several times since the 1980s, notably in versions by Raymond Hawthorne and Theatre Corporate in 1981, and Murray Lunch in 1987. Lynch’s version ran most recently at the Auckland Theatre Company in 2011, directed by Colin McColl.

West Coast Theatre and thirteen of Taranaki’s best young actors now reimagine this classic work from the original text by Mason, directed by NZ theatre professional Holly Shanahan. Holly’s theatre career has included work with Circa Theatre, Taki Rua and BATS Theatre, forty-five downstairs and Winterfall theatre in Melbourne, and her own independent theatre company work in both Melbourne and Wellington. Her professional performing work has spanned film, television and theatre in both NZ and Australia.

Back in her hometown to raise her young family, Holly’s aim is to create inspiring local theatre in Taranaki to national and international standard. To speak to what a small place can make and do through contemporary performance training, exploration and the drive to be outstanding. West Coast Theatre is about pushing boundaries and speaking to the modern audience in new and meaningful ways to engage people in the theatre again.

Join us for this classic play. Support a growing theatre company in Taranaki. See what we can do. Be surprised. Be inspired.

Starring West Coast Youth Theatre Company 2016: Angus Blanchard, Sonny Deacle, Cian Etches, Jane Gray, Eva Greensill, Isabella Hadlow, Karlia Haskell, Alex Howard, Kayla Keegan, Jacques McCallum-Lind, Shyon Noble, Savanah Tohu, Sophie Willis.

The End of the Golden Weather by Bruce Mason.
Directed by: Holly Shanahan

Make a night of it and join us for a pre-show performance at 6:30pm Thursday-Friday, or Saturday 5pm for an additional $5!