Discover our Swelteringly-Hot Christmas Shows

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your… no!

That’s not how we celebrate Christmas here! It’s sometimes difficult to get into the true festive spirit in the scorching summer, so instead, why not try some of the swelteringly-hot Christmas shows we’ve got lined up for you:

Christmas Carols, 15 Dec at 5:00pm. $5 entry.

Join us again for Christmas Carols in The PumpHouse Amphitheatre! The PumpHouse Community Choir and North Shore Chorale will be performing everyone’s favourite Christmas songs which the audience can to sing along to.


A Very Merry Kiwimas, 17-22 Dec.

What makes a Kiwi Christmas special? Is it the beach? The barbeques? How will Santa cope in the 30-degree heat of a New Zealand summer? Find out in this hilarious family show.


A Christmas Carol, 20-21 Dec at 8:00pm.

A performed reading of the classic Christmas fable by Charles Dickens. Follow the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption.



So whether you’re looking for a family-fun adventure with Santa or a Christmas Classic with Scrooge, your local theatre has you covered!

When you see injustice in the world, does it compel you to make a difference? It did for Rachel Corrie.

My Name is Rachel Corrie is an award-winning one-woman verbatim-style script, constructed from the diary entries and letters of 23-year old American activist, Rachel Corrie.

Rachel was a member of the International Solidarity Movement, which travelled to the Gaza Strip to help protect Palestinian homes from being destroyed by the Israeli Army. She was killed by an Israeli bulldozer in 2003.

She was just 23 years old. What made a young woman leave her comfortable existence to fight for the rights of strangers in a war zone? Through Rachel’s words we are invited to confront the universal questions: How do we find our path in life? What impact do our actions have on others? and How can one individual change the world for the better? Written by Rachel Corrie.

The incident caused international scandal, and was further scrutinised through the media and courts. The play was jointly edited by actor Alan Rickman and journalist Katherine Viner, and was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2005. It has since been performed around the world to critical acclaim and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

We love this play because it lets loose the voice of a vibrant and intelligent young protagonist. But what made her act so dramatically on this desire – to leave a comfortable life to fight for the rights of strangers in a war zone? Was she running away from, or towards her responsibilities? Was she a hero, or simply naïve? As the play unfurls, Rachel’s words reveal a thrilling and intimate story of a passionate female with a fire in her belly.

Creative Team:

Director – Alexandra Whitham

Performer – Phoebe Borwick

Production Design – Poppy Serano

Sound & Lighting Design – Anna Bennington

Costume Design – Joan James

Producer – Rebekah Dack

Co-edited by actor/ director Alan Rickman, and journalist Katharine Vine

My Name is Rachel Corrie will be performed in the Coal Bunker Studio from 7th – 9th December. Book Tickets here.


Join the conversation.

On Saturday 8 December at 3.30pm there will be a kōrero following the matinee performance. Four female speakers from backgrounds in different areas of activism in Auckland will join cast and crew for a conversation around what it means to be an activist in Aotearoa in 2018.

You are warmly invited to join us for this conversation. This is a free event.

Our Discussion panelists are:

Janfrie Wakim – Human right’s activist, core member of the Child Poverty Action Group and writer.

Margaret Taylor – Activism Manager at Amnesty International.

Gabriella Brayne – Youth coordinator at Auckland Women’s Centre.

Teresa Lee – UN Youth NZ


TORO PIKOPIKO PUPPETS present the world’s first Māori Rock-Art Puppet Production. Jeffrey Addison (Ngai Tahu) and Whaitaima Te Whare (Ngati Tuwharetoa) are a dynamic performance duo with 22 years’ experience creating television programs for children and touring live puppet shows. THE FLIGHT- TE RERENGA will be their most stunning, interactive and fun show they have ever made.

THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is an acoustic rock musical, featuring 100 fabulous ‘Flatso’ puppets inspired from ancient cave drawings made on Limestone cliffs and caves around the Timaru district. The show re-tells a Ngai Tahu legend about Pourangahua the Birdman and his epic flight to Aotearoa in search of his own kind. The Birdman flies from cave to cave, meeting a host of colourful characters including Bats, Creepy Crawlies, Moa, Pouakai Eagles, Human Bird Hunters and their Dogs – intent on making Pourangahua their next meal.THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is a forty-five-minute show, with 8 catchy original songs written especially for years 1 – 8 primary school children. This engaging production takes its audience back in time hundreds of years where they help animate a multitude of rock art puppets who meet up with the Birdman, while she is searching for her whanau. Children both watch and learn about our cultural heritage by taking part in this historic awakening of prehistoric rock art figures that have previously been fixed images on cliff walls and cave ceilings.

With research and development funding from Creative NZ, THE FLIGHT – TE RERENGA is a result of a collaboration with the staff of Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre in Timaru. Their aim is to increase the appreciation and awareness of indigenous Rock Art among the nation’s children, so that they may value and help protect these vulnerable national treasures in the future.

Book your tickets here!
Tues – Thus, 4 – 6 Dec.
The PumpHouse Theatre.

New Theatre in Mandarin Chinese.

I-Start Chinese Theatre is a local theatre company with a unique perspective, creating works in Mandarin Chinese. There is definitely an appetite and space for these diverse offerings in Auckland and we welcome performances that can break the barriers of language and celebrate their own rich literature.

They present two shows at The PumpHouse Theatre this November. Both shows have intriguing storylines and themes, so don’t miss out!

Dial M For Murder Poster

Dial M for Murder, 电话谋杀案 20 – 21 Nov


‘Dial M For Murder’ is a classic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. Now it is rewritten by I-start as a Chinese thriller story in Shanghai. The husband plans to murder his wife after he found out she has an affair. But the things didn’t go as he has planned, what will happen next??? This play will test your intelligence and your nervousness!

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Love Retreat PosterLove Retreat, 配 · 爱 23 – 25 Nov

In the near future, most of women prefer to enjoy their own life instead of getting married and being a mother. But this has put the nation in population crisis….An unusual story! A Controversial theme! 这是一部荒诞又现实的话剧,故事发生在未来,却又都发生在我们的身边,这是一部关于爱情、婚姻、科技、人性选择的话剧,也许在这部剧中,你会看到你自己…

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“The only thing I like is teaching, and there’s less and less of that”.

Kings of the Gym by Dave Armstrong

A classic and outrageous New Zealand comedy from the renowned Tadpole Theatre Productions, is directed by Janice Finn and will be performed at the PumpHouse Theatre in Takapuna from 8th to 18th November.

“The only thing I like is teaching, and there’s less and less of that”. So says overweight and unfit Head PE teacher Laurie, at low decile school Hautapu High. Fed up with the constant assessments and obsessive box ticking set up by ultra PC headmistress Viv Cleaver, he and his assistant Pat, a former student, now gym teacher, do their best to subvert Viv’s over-earnest, te reo heavy curriculum.  They’re unaware that Viv is about to introduce young Maori student teacher, Annie, into their laissez-faire culture.  She is an ace netball player, a born-again Christian and determined to make her mark in the new school culture. The ensuing conflict is both wonderfully funny and affecting as people’s strongly held beliefs are challenged, serious truths are exposed, and love has a way of upsetting all apple carts!

Played by Paul Glover, Louise Wallace, Alexander Walker and Valeria Davis, the dysfunctional team of teachers embody people we all know – love them or despair of them!  Dave Armstrong is an award winning playwright (Niu Sila, King and Country) and television writer (Spin Doctors, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby) and Kings of the Gym is a play full of satire, rude innuendo, belly laughs and heart.

An ideal show to get your friends together for a great night out, a block booking or a pre-Christmas office celebration.


Meet the Cast and Crew

Janice Finn – Director

Janice’s first career was as an actress in New Zealand and Australia.   She played major stage roles in both countries and became a company member in the early days of the Sydney Theatre Company before returning to New Zealand to train as a television director/producer with the classic soap GLOSS being her first foray into producing.  During the following decades she took time out occasionally to direct plays in Dunedin, Palmerston North and Auckland, including three plays at the Auckland Theatre Company, the most recent being Roger Hall’s “You Can Always Hand Them Back”.  For Tadpole Productions Janice has directed “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”, “Social Climbers”, “The Pink Hammer”, “Two” and “The Book Club” and is very happy to be adding Dave Armstrong’s comedy “Kings of the Gym” to the line-up.  Old school methods of teaching clashing with new methods is a great basis for entertainment and this terrific cast excel themselves as a bunch of disparate teachers pushing conflicting ideologies.

Paul Glover – Laurie

Paul Glover has been a regular in film, television and on stage since the early 90s. His film career includes The UglyThe Fall Guys, The Locals, Blood Crime and Fracture and award winning movie ‘Out Of The Blue’, based on the true story of the Aramoana massacre. On TV Paul played Salvius in the TV series Spartacus: Vengeance, the AMC recreation of the Al Capone story ‘Making of the Mob2′ and many years after playing Dylan Preston on the long running Shortland Street, Paul returned to SPP to shoot 800 Words.

Stage highlights include ‘Beautiful Losers’ and Richard with the formidably talented cast of the Kila Kokonut Krew created musical The Factory, a show which moved many audiences to ovation around Australia and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Auckland Theatre Co highlights include In The Next Room (Or The Vibrator Play), Cat On A Hot Tin Roof the Henrik Ibsen classic ‘A Doll’s House’ and the Michael Hurst inspired racy adaptation of the classic ‘Lysistrata’ in 2015. For Tadpole Productions, Paul has starred in Same Time Next Year, The Pink Hammer and Two. 

Louise Wallace – Viv         

Louise trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, but it is her over thirty year career in television for which she is best known. Presenting credits include Celebrity Treasure Island, Shock Treatment, Top of the Class,  So You Want to be a Pop Star, The Weakest Link, 3News, Mobil Sport, 60 Minutes and 20/20. Louise’s TV appearances have included Shortland Street, The Jono and Ben Show, The Real Housewives of Auckland, a regular panellist on The AM Show, as core cast in the 4 seasons of successful drama, Street Legal and guest lead in The Brokenwood Mysteries. Louise has been a talkback host on Radio Live and reported for Health Matters on National Radio. Directing credits include the 2013 theatre production of Driving Miss Daisy and for television, World’s Strictest Parents, Celebrity Treasure Island, Dancing with the Stars and The Apprentice. In 2012 she co-founded Tadpole Theatre Productions and has starred in The Lion in Winter, Social Climbers and The Pink Hammer.

Alexander Walker – Pat 

Alex graduated from UNITEC’s Performing and Screen Arts programme in 2011 and has since performed at venues around the country, including the Court Theatre, the Fortune Theatre and Rotorua’s Blue Baths. He is excited to return to the Pumphouse, where he previously appeared in Tadpole Productions’ Lion In Winter in 2012. He has made recent television appearances in The Cul De Sac, When We Go To War and Power Rangers. Alex is also a keen motorcyclist and rock drummer and a proud member of Actors Equity NZ. After having performed in the Court Theatre season of Kings of the Gym in 2013, Alex is reprising the role of Pat.

Valeria Davis – Annie

Valeria is a recent graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting). She has since travelled to Los Angeles where she trained under the guidance of film maker and acting coach of The Technique; Joan Sheckel.  She has also been strongly influenced by her training with international voice coach Patsy Rodenburg. Her previous theatre credits include Mother Courage, Dying for It and Like Sex. Valeria is looking forward to her first major production with Tadpole Productions.


Click here to book your tickets! Opens Nov 8th, preview Nov 7th (limited seating).

Join Our Bohemian Rhapsody Fundraiser!

We’re thrilled to be hosting a premiere screening of the new movie Bohemian Rhapsody on Thursday, 1 November 2018 at Bridgeway Cinemas in Northcote.

Your $25 ticket includes the movie and pre-show nibbles and a drink. Funds raised from tickets sales support The PumpHouse Theatre’s goal of being an inclusive and affordable performing arts venue for everyone.

Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury.

The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career.

Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music.

Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.

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The details:
Date: Thursday, 1 November 2018
Time: Drinks and Nibbles from 5:30 pm, Movie starts at 6:15 pm
Location: The movie is screening at Bridgeway Cinemas, 122 Queen Street, Northcote Point, Auckland
Note: We can’t do door sales – so book your ticket now!

“Severe propriety surrenders to decadent delight.”

A new romantic comedy set in Victorian Era Auckland.

Penelope Williams has been sent to her now home, Alberton, in Mt Albert to become Mrs Jonathan Alexander. The only person to accompany her on her new life is George, her family’s trusted butler. Unknown to Jonathan, Penelope’s heart belongs to someone else, Richard, her mysterious piano tutor, who sadly she thinks she’ll never see again.

Unknown to Penelope, Jonathan too has a secret, one which keeps him graded and cold. A secret that keeps himself and Penelope apart. What will happen if Penelope finds out about Jonathan? Will Richard ever return to Penelope? Even then, when all scandals are revealed- how will they ever find a way to live in the repressive age of their time? Perhaps they will all live in solitary unhappiness… or will a little mysterious magic unlock the window and set them all free?

The Scandalous Four opens this Wednesday, 17th October.
Book Tickets from $20.

Jubilation Choir – Something of a Sensation

Jubilation is a unique beast, an acapella gospel choir with a rock & roll heart.

Jubilation ChoirBorn in Auckland in the year 2000, Jubilation is a virtual gospel supergroup including R&B legend Rick Bryant, entertainer extraordinaire Jackie Clarke and theatre supernova Jennifer Ward-Lealand.

This diverse ensemble includes professional musicians, teachers, actors, a yacht maker, a master builder and a lecturer in Russian.

They sing soul, blues and country-infused gospel, from the songbooks of Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Curtis Mayfield, Blind Willie Jackson and ranges from the 1800’s to the present day.

Jubilation has performed all over New Zealand to crowds large and small – from 10,000 on WOMAD’s main stage to 60 at Arrowtown’s tiny Old Cheese Factory.

They’ve sung at the openings of the Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland’s Q Theatre and performed flash-mobs on the vintage trams at the Wynyard Quarter. They fundraise and tour festivals including Nelson’s Opera in the Park, Waiheke Jazz Festival, Christchurch Arts Festival, New Plymouth’s Festival of Lights and Wanaka’s Festival of Colour.

What’s clear is they love what they do, and audiences love them in return!

After a sell-out show last time they performed at the PumpHouse in 2017, Jubilation are delighted to be returning to Takapuna’s iconic venue on Sunday October the 28th for a soulful, heartfelt and roof-raising evening.


“Jubilation have brought heart and soul — and a damned fine choir and soloists — to festival audiences up and down the country.” — Philip Tremewan – Director of Wanaka’s Festival of Colour and Christchurch Arts Festival

“With voices raised to testify, celebrate, console and sound a warning, this choir will move you and shake you.” — Liam Ryan, Artistic Director – National Jazz Festival

Sun 28th October 6:00 pm
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Badjelly The Witch on Stage for School Holidays

Auckland’s leading children’s theatre company, Tim Bray Productions presents Spike Milligan’s all-time favourite story Badjelly The Witch!

Millions of children worldwide have grown up with the story of Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle, and in New Zealand it regularly featured on morning radio with the album selling more than 40,000 copies and achieving double platinum status.

Originally written by Milligan for his children, it was adapted for the stage by Tim Bray, QSM in 2010 and returned in 2016.

“We’re delighted to be bringing it back again for 2018 due to popular demand,” says Tim Bray. “This is a classic piece of theatre – and the adults enjoy it as much as the children.”

Badjelly, Tim Bray Productions

Badjelly, Tim Bray Productions, Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand, Friday, July 01, 2016. Photo: David Rowland /

The show features The Goons’ ‘Ying Tong’ song along with Monty Pythonesque comedy and Tim hopes audiences will once again join in the fun and cheer as Tim and Rose set off to search for their beloved lost cow Lucy, laugh with the enchanted characters Dinglemouse, Mud-wiggle and Binkle-bonk, and boo at Badjelly when she captures Tim and Rose and threatens to turn them into sausages.

Well-known Tim Bray Productions’ actor Tim Raby reprises his role as Badjelly, with Jessica Hunt as Rose, Jacob Dale as Tim, Donogh Rees as Dinglemouse (and other roles), Dylan Underwood as Mud-wiggle (and other roles), and Jeff Szusterman and Charlotte Heath playing a variety of roles. Music will be performed live by Nick Garrett.

Children are encouraged to dress up as a character from the show for the onstage Costume Parade at the gala and every school holiday season performance.

Badjelly runs from Saturday 22 September to Saturday 13 October. Book Tickets Today!.

Community Theatres Bring New Talent

Community theatre group Shoreside Theatre attracts hundreds of talented individuals, who inspire to get involved with the Performing Arts. They are in a unique position to provide those interested with opportunities to get on stage or backstage, to simply ‘give it a go’ or to take on roles that will help further their professional career.

Known mostly for producing the Outdoor Summer Shakespeare season each year at The PumpHouse (for the last 22 years) and the Mid-winter Murder Mystery, Shoreside is excited to add to their repertoire a One Act Play Festival this Spring. This combines many of Shoreside’s growing initiatives as a Community Theatre Company – producing diverse exciting theatre for a wide audience, offering experienced and inexperienced cast and crew much valued and rare live stage experience, and utilizing some of North Shore’s best theatre venues.

The One Act Play Festival consists of:

Duncan Edwards & Miriana McGechieTHE ACTORS NIGHTMARE
By Christopher Durang
Directed by Catherine Boniface
One man. No lines. What could possibly go wrong?


By Edward Albee
Directed by James Bell
Peter and Jerry meet on a park bench. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive.  Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being.

Ciara and StephenTHE LADY’S MAID’S BELL
By Edith Wharton
Directed by Jason Moffatt
A classic ghost story. Alice Hartley is the new lady’s maid at gloomy Brympton Hall. But why won’t Mrs. Brympton use the servant’s bell that connects with the room of her new lady’s maid?

This line up of plays offers something for everyone whether you be a seasoned patron of the arts, or someone who has never seen a play before.

26 September – 13th October
The Coalbunker Studio @ The PumpHouse Theatre

View the event page here.


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