Globe theatre buzzes with wide range of events

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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.

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