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Golden weather guaranteed for Christmas Day

Golden weather guaranteed for Christmas Day

December 6, 2006

It’s guaranteed to be ‘Golden Weather’ on Christmas Day in North Shore City, with a scene from the famous Bruce Mason play being performed on Takapuna Beach.
People will gather on the beach from 10am to celebrate a real Kiwi Christmas, with Stephen Lovatt – better known as Max Hoyland from Neighbours – acting out the solo piece.

The scene, from The End of the Golden Weather, is set on Takapuna Beach in the 1930s on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

It captures the excitement and tension of two small boys as they wait for Christmas Day – the church service, present giving, Christmas dinner – culminating in the show the children put on for their parents and relatives in the evening.

Organiser Roger Hall is hoping this will become an annual event on Christmas Day on Takapuna Beach.

“Bruce Mason was our pioneer playwright, and The End of the Golden Weather one of his most significant plays,” he says.

“North Shore is claiming for itself the title of literary capital of New Zealand and this is a way to honour one of our most distinguished writers.”

The part was written as a solo piece and performed by Bruce Mason himself more than 1000 times throughout New Zealand.

Stephen Lovatt performed it at The Herald Theatre to considerable acclaim earlier this year, and he is donating his fee for this Christmas Day event to Oxfam.

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