Globe theatre buzzes with wide range of events
It’s been six months since the Globe put in place its new administrative structure following the retirement of long-time manager Bruce Warwick and the theatre continues to be busy with a wide range of events.
While these include many returning ‘old friends’ such as Tall Poppies Drama Group and Manawatu Theatre Inc, there has been a gratifying number of new groups discovering the Globe and its various spaces for hire.
‘‘It’s been especially pleasing to see the increasing variety of events in Globe 2,’’ says Roger Buchanan, one of the theatre’s three administrators.
In the space of a single week in August, he points out this 105-seat auditorium hosted concerts from the international Dan Bolton jazz quartet and US-based guitarist Trace Bundy; hosted two private conferences (one cultural and one business-based) and even saw the retractable seating moved back into the wall to allow for a midafternoon karaoke session!
From September 2, a rather more involved drama will unfold within Globe 2 with the opening of Manawatu Theatre Inc’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, directed by Ian Harman.
The play’s specially designed and constructed set has been taking form in various backstage areas for the past couple of weeks.
‘‘All our hirers and performing groups have different needs and different reasons for being here,’’ says William Muirhead, another of the Globe’s administrators, ‘‘and that’s really a big part of what
Roger Buchanan surveys Globe 2, the most recent theatre in the complex.