Bruce Mason, playwright, critic and fiction writer, was born in Wellington before moving to Takapuna at the age of five. His experiences in Takapuna formed the basis of his famous solo work for the theatre, THE END OF THE GOLDEN WEATHER.
In 30 years, Mason wrote more than two dozen plays, including such classics as THE POHUTUKAWA TREE, BLOOD OF THE LAMB and AWATEA. He was a busy actor, critic, editor and general activist for New Zealand's fledgling professional theatre.
In 1977, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature by Victoria University, was honoured with a CBE in 1980 and, in 1982, the same year in which he died, was given the New Zealand Literary Fund Award for Achievement.
Mason was a fervent supporter of Downstage Theatre, and many of his plays were produced in the theatre's early days. His contribution to Downstage and New Zealand theatre has been recognised by the unveiling of a sculpture of Mason at Downstage in 2005.