Story: Beach culture

The end of the golden weather

Bruce Mason began his famous solo play, The end of the golden weather (first performed in 1959), with the words: ‘Let me take you on a voyage into that territory of the heart that we call childhood.’ The play, which Mason performed over 1,000 times, was set on Auckland’s Takapuna Beach. It also became a major success as a film in 1991. The sound clip is a short extract from the play.

Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero (Radio drama – the end of the golden weather/Reference number T2530-35).

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Reference: Eph-D-CORPORATE-1981-01

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Beach culture - The Kiwi dream', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/9131/the-end-of-the-golden-weather (accessed 22 November 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006