How The PumpHouse Works

Written by James Bell

Rangitoto by Geoff Clendon

Many people are surprised to learn that The PumpHouse doesn’t create the events at the theatre. Much like The Civic or Bruce Mason Theatre, we’re privileged to welcome almost 50 different groups each year – from professionals like Tim Bray Theatre Company and Tadpole Productions to community groups like the North Shore Concert Band and Shoreside Theatre – to share their performances with the community.

Whale Rider by Tim Bray Theatre Company

While these groups do the hard mahi of rehearsing, designing, and perfecting the performances you see on stage, we focus on making sure The PumpHouse is welcoming, safe, and well-equipped for the performers and audiences who visit.

North Shore Concert Band

Our own team runs the box office too, which means the producers keep more of the box office proceeds, and you speak to a real human who knows the theatre if you need seating advice or to transfer your tickets to another performance.


And the great thing about The PumpHouse is that literally anyone can perform here. If you have a story to share, we’ll try and find a date in the calendar that suits. Thanks to funding contributions from the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board, Foundation North, and Lion Foundation, venue hire costs are discounted for community groups and not-for-profits.

Educating Rita by Crossfade Productions & Act One Productions

Each year, we ask for expressions of interest from anyone interested in performing at The PumpHouse and try to fit as many diverse events as possible into the calendar. Along with the regular shows that everyone loves, we try to make space for something new and ensure that communities who don’t always get to share their stories are also given the opportunity.

Di and Viv and Rose by Fusion Productions

We hope that each year we can present a vibrant range of events that reflect what’s unique about our community and the performing arts in Tāmaki Makaurau that we love so much.

Photo by LK Creative: The Biggest Drag Carnival Circus audience

If you are interested in performing at The PumpHouse in 2025, Expressions of Interest are now open at for Matariki by Chocolate & Carnage Theatre

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