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‘Pantomania’ is in full swing. Director/writer Chris Lane and his team have transformed the theatre for Cinderella and audiences are loving this new twist on an old favourite, on stage only


until December 6.


Next year promises entertainment, drama and humour for all theatre goers. Become a member and enjoy all the productions at an incredibly low price. Email tamarind39@yahoo.com for more information.


Opening in March is Roger Hall’s joyous new comedy A Shortcut


to Happiness directed by Lindsay Nash. In a clash of cultures some laid-back North Shore retirees confront the strict discipline of a Russian folk dancing class. Hall’s plays are always a delight and a sell-out so get together your groups early in the New Year. Auditions are on December 7, 1.30pm at the theatre. In June we pay homage to the First World War veterans with Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras


directed by Christine Nash. Achingly funny and piercingly sad, this superb piece of theatre won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2006.


September sees the return of Abelard and Heloise with director


Liz Watkinson, an astonishing and passionate 900 year-old true love story that retains its power to inspire and move us. And to round off the year, Lesley Locke directs an Alan Ayckbourne yuletide comedy, Life and Beth, clever, funny and very entertaining. Enjoy your local theatre and the lively Titirangi arts scene in 2015.


– Christine Nash


at the libraries If you are looking for some great reading material to take away on


holiday Titirangi Library will be publishing its list of the Titirangi Top 100’ books for 2014 just in time for the festive season. Pop in and pick up your free copy.


translated by Tom Stoppard and


The library will also be holding its annual Christmas story time on the evening of Thursday, December 18 at 6pm. There will be stories, songs and fun. Attendees and their children are invited to wear their pyjamas and join in the festive spirit of this occasion. To keep your children reading over the long holiday break make sure they sign up for Auckland Libraries’ Dare to Explore programme. This fun, free and flexible summer reading programme runs from December 8 to January 14. Enrolment starts on Monday, December 8 but children (up to the age of 13) can join any time over the holidays. Go to www. aucklandlibraries for more information. New Lynn Memorial Library is also planning its Dare to Explore programme. The theme is Out of this World. Some of the activities the library is planning include: a rocket building workshop, augmented reality (3D) colouring in sheets, sidewalk alien chalk drawing, Franken-toys, board games, string games, stop-motion workshops and a Lost in Space mystery competition. Time and date details are available from the library and you could also


check the New Lynn War Memorial Library Facebook page for further updates.


The outstanding facilities of the Glen Eden Playhouse Theatre can be hired for performances, meetings or social functions


www.playhousetheatre.co.nz enquiries@playhousetheatre.org.nz, Ph 818 5751 Have you booked your


Christmas Function yet? Have you tried the rest out West? Now try the West’s Best!


Rachel at Bricklane Restaurant & Bar is ready to take your Christmas booking now!


5 CLARK STREET, NEW LYNN.


PHONE: 826 3654


Bricklane Restaurant & Bar wishes West Auckland a Happy Christmas and Safe New Year.


20 The Fringe DECEMBER 2014 – JANUARY 2015


CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR’S HOURS 2014/15


Dec 24th – normal trade Dec 25th and 26th – CLOSED Dec 27th – 30th – normal trade


Dec 31st – 11am – 5pm (Note early finish time on 31st Dec) Jan 1st and 2nd – CLOSED Jan 3rd – normal trade


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