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Last Chance Cafe

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Take One Demolition Letter, Add a Group of Regulars About to Lose Their Local And Stir

Auckland Live and The Hobson Street Theatre Company present the theatre production: Last Chance Café - playing the Herald Theatre from 29th October - 1 November.

This is NOT your usual theatre group, they are based at the Auckland City Mission’s Drop-in Centre and some have called the street ‘home”. Together their story speaks to the heart of all of us.

You know the local cafe you wish you had? It attracts all sorts – you might pull up a stool beside an ex-All Black one day and have your morning brew beside an eccentric Italian cook the next. Regulars have all affectionately called it “The Usual Spot” for so long that no one remembers its actual name. Of course it’s all too good to last forever; the Council wants to put a road through the cafe. Suddenly a group of people who didn't even realise that they were part of a community have to do anything they can to protect it, and they’ll try everything from a tohunga’s spell to a lawyer’s letters.

The Hobson Street Theatre Company is an arts initiative by Auckland City Mission. The members have all used the mission’s services, some of the members of the group have, or currently are, experiencing homelessness. Some have accessed addiction services, and some are frequent visitors to the Community Drop-In Centre. The show is in-conjunction with and to help promote awareness of World Homeless Day on 10 October 2014.

Quotes from reviews of previous shows:
Auckland Fringe 2011: “...confident, hilarious and engaging performers...The cast have a joyous giving spirit, and I felt privileged to watch them share their lives and experiences.” -

Short and Sweet 2012: “ impressive and engaging play… -

Auckland City Mission provides specialised health and social services to marginalised Aucklanders. The Mission offers hope to individuals and families who may be experiencing a temporary setback or long-term problems that need expert attention.

Staff provide advice, give immediate practical assistance, make referrals to other services and develop workable solutions to address long-term issues.

Last Chance Café plays
Wednesday 29 October to Saturday 1 November, 7.30pm at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre.
Tickets from Ticket Prices* Full $15 / Concession $10 / Groups 6+ $12.00*
*Service fees apply.

Auckland Live would like thank our following key suppliers for support of this production:
Alliance Print / Omnigraphics / Media5 / Phantom Billstickers / Elephant Publicity

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