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Thursday November 19, 2015

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Local theatre shows A Child’s Christmas in Wales By Sharnahea Wilson

PHOTO CREDIT: James O’Neill.

The EVOKE Fashion Show, which was held last Sunday, was a huge success. The catwalk show gave 31 third year students a chance to showcase what they have been working on over the last year. Fellow student, Holly Dodson, who coordinated the show said EVOKE was a memorable event that launched the students on the industry radar by cleverly engaging with their community and showcasing their creative mini-collections in style at the St James Theatre.


Christmas will come early to audiences of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, performed at Circa Theatre by prominent theatre actor Ray Henwood. Written by Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas and dramatized by Ray Henwood, A Childs Christmas in Wales tells the nostalgic tale of a young boy’s romanticised version of Christmas. In the one-man show Ray will play different characters including the protagonist’s school mates, uncles, aunts, school master and even the girls he used to whistle after. Ray said the story is reminiscent of many children’s family Christmases so it is easy for most people to relate to. “I used to read the book every Christmas, my son always loved it – friends and family always wanted to hear it,” he said. Ray described how the story portrays typical childhood memories of the protagonist playing in the park opposite his house. “Dylan describes it as if the park has never been explored before. “There are secret societies, caves and dens. “He tells the tale of a childhood before there was television,” Ray said. Originally from Wales himself, Ray shares the same home town

of Swansea with Dylan Thomas. Ray has had a varied career in acting, from playing small parts in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, to acting in television shows such as Gliding On, Close to Home and Shortland Street. He has also done many television and radio plays, and of course, has spent the majority of his 60 year career performing in the theatre, being one of the founding members of Circa which opened in 1976.

He said theatre is a great form of acting because “you only get one go - nobody says cut”. “The real test is when you can hear people listening. “It’s a special quality when you know the whole audience is sitting in complete absorbing silence, that’s when you know you’ve got them,” he said.  A Child’s Christmas in Wales will run from November 28 – December 20, tickets available from Circa Theatre.

Performer Ray Henwood sits in one of Circa’s theatres ahead of his show A Childs Christmas in Wales. PHOTO: Sharnahea Wilson A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas originally emerged from a piece written for radio. The story is an anecdotal retelling of a Christmas from the view of a young child and is a romanticised version of Christmases past, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. It was recorded by Dylan in 1952.

New outdoor learning space for local playcentre By Nikki Papatsoumas

Children at Newtown Playcentre have a brand new outdoor learning space to enjoy. The recently completed outdoor learning space includes a river bed with a water pump, a larger area for planting vegetables, more native New Zealand plants and a “sand kitchen” for natural play. Spokeswoman for the playcentre, Bridget Barnard, said the space was officially opened at a small ceremony last Friday, which was attended by local Kaumatua June Jackson and her son Peter. “We had a play space developed for us several years ago by a group of volunteers and it served us really well. “However over time we realised we could find different ways to challenge our kids so we decided to take the opportunity to create something different.” The design incorporates greater use of natural, sustainable materials such as grass, bark and river rocks. It also provided a host of spaces for children to connect with the natural world, and to follow their own play interests, which is a fundamental principle of the Playcentre. “It’s about our kids connection with the natural environment,” Bridget said. In order to complete the outdoor space, the centre received a significant amount of funding from the Playcentre Association. The Playcentre Association recently embarked on a project to invest in and upgrade of all of its centres' outdoor spaces. Newtown Playcentre is one of the first centres to have their project completed.

A rest home with spark Kilmarnock Heights Home An elder-centred community Kilmarnock Heights Home is special; it’s more than just a rest home. As well as providing daily living support we ensure residents have choice and control in their lives. We take every opportunity to bring companionship, fun and meaningful activity into the lives of elders.

Newtown Playcentre tamariki Zadig ValletLepage, Wiremu Barnard, Alyssa Krall and Jude Mclennan-Deans enjoy the centres new river bed.

Family and friends Kilmarnock Heights Home is like one big family. Residents are encouraged to invite their loved ones to visit at any time; there’s no set visiting hours. And, for the children - we have a fully stocked toy box to keep them entertained!

Pets welcome We believe pets can be both calming and energising. So, we welcome animals at our home. If you have a pet that’s part of your family, ask us about moving to Kilmarnock Heights Home with them. The social life At Kilmarnock Heights Home we support residents to continue doing the things they love in a way that’s right for them. The busy social calendar and stimulating recreation programme certainly make for a vibrant and engaging atmosphere.

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