Little Theatre needs venue for play
Porirua Little Theatre’s finances are hanging in the balance, as the troupe scrambles to find a new venue for its November production.
Its historic Titahi Bay venue received a damning initial engineer’s report from building owners Porirua City Council last week, showing huge moisture damage to the west side of the theatre. Demolition is the engineer’s advice at this stage but a further report will be delivered in coming weeks.
Theatre president Sandy Brewer is directing the theatre’s November production Disco Inferno and is urgently seeking a performance space so tickets can be sold. ‘‘We need a space desperately to get this show on the boards.’’
The theatre’s bank balance depended on good sales, she said.
The troupe was allowed back into its Whitehouse Rd home last week in limited numbers after being barred from entry when routine maintenance discovered huge structural problems on August 17. The building was temporarily braced last week so the troupe could retrieve equipment, Ms Brewer said.
Yesterday theatre members met council officers for a walk-through explanation of the building’s problems.
The troupe counted a structural engineer and a quantity surveyor among its membership, so would conduct their own survey of the building this week to compare with the council’s conclusions, Ms Brewer said.
News of the theatre’s possible demolition had sent shock waves through Porirua’s arts community, she said. ‘‘There’s an outpouring of support. It’s the heart of the Bay, you can’t take the heart of the Bay out.’’