Lit­tle The­atre needs venue for play

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

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.’’

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