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A Tribute to Bruce Mason

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  • Produced by Roger Hall and Belinda Robinson
  • Directed by John Smythe
  • 5pm Sat 1 Sept
  • Hauraki Gulf Room, Bruce Mason Centre, 1 The Promenade
  • Takapuna
  • Approx 1 Hour

Wellington-born playwright Bruce Mason (1921-1982) is considered by many to be the father of New Zealand theatre.  So it is fitting that the opening event of New Zealand Theatre Month is a tribute to Mason, to be held, naturally, at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna.

The event will feature

  • a reading from Mason's play Hongi, directed by John Smythe,with Haami Piripi, Chief of Ahipara and a direct descendant of Hongi Hika, in the lead role
  • a scene from his last stage play Blood of the Lamb, performed by Rima Te Wiata
  • a reading of the infamous public correspondence between Mason and Sir Donald Wolfit, by Roger Hall
  • and a performance of Mason’s reworking of our National Anthem by Max Cryer

Free entry - cash bar available

This event is supprted by Auckland Live

Duration : approx 60 mins

Sat 1 Sept 5pm Bruce Mason Centre Takapuna

Bruce Mason

A New Zealand Theatre icon

"Mason would be astounded to see the breadth and number of plays being produced nowadays. I wish he were here to see and be part of them".

Roger Hall, NZ Herald