Globe gets a revamp


Fol­low­ing a city coun­cil grant - and years of plan­ning, fundrais­ing and prepa­ra­tion - the Globe Theatre Trust is pleased to re­port its long-awaited bar/kitchen area is near­ing com­ple­tion.

Through the lat­ter half of Septem­ber, con­struc­tion work took place at a fever­ish pitch in the Globe Lounge. Old walls were knocked down, new walls put up and painted, shelves and cup­boards in­stalled and a brand new bar put in place.

‘‘It’s been great to see it all come to­gether,’’ says re­la­tion­ships man­ager Wil­liam Muir­head. ‘‘We were amazed at how much was done in just a few weeks and be­ing able to vi­su­alise how it’s go­ing to look com­pleted. It’s re­ally sat­is­fy­ing. I think the Globe Trust Board and all the guys we’ve had work­ing on it have done a bril­liant job.’’

The first full sea­son the­atri­cal production to en­joy the new fa­cil­i­ties will be Manawatu Theatre Inc’s Novem­ber-De­cem­ber production of the Ben El­ton com­edy Silly Cow, star­ring well-known mu­si­cian Jen­nifer Moss.

MTI, which op­er­ates the Globe’s bar ser­vice, will now be able to serve their anti-pasto plat­ters - and, no doubt, an oc­ca­sional glass of vino - from the newly ex­tended bar area.

With th­ese im­proved and in­creased foyer and lounge/cafe ar­eas, the Globe is now even bet­ter placed to host cor­po­rate and pri­vate func­tions as well as its tra­di­tional the­atri­cal and per­form­ing arts events, in­clud­ing ‘‘silly sea­son’’ func­tions dur­ing De­cem­ber.

‘‘For business pre­sen­ta­tions, sem­i­nars and events up to 100 peo­ple, the new Globe 2 is an ideal venue,’’ operations man­ager Roger Buchanan says. ‘‘Many firms and or­gan­i­sa­tions don’t like hir­ing large spaces where they fill only the front few rows, and we now have the added bonus of be­ing able to pro­vide a com­fort­able space for re­fresh­ments or so­cial gath­er­ings as well.’’

In­quiries are wel­comed from the ad­min­is­tra­tion team – ei­ther by phon­ing 351-4409 or email­ing venue­hire@glo­bethe­ Ticket book­ings for up­com­ing shows are avail­able at the Globe be­tween 10am-2pm, or on­line at www.glo­bethe­

Manawatu Theatre Inc com­mit­tee mem­bers, Damian Thorne (Pres­i­dent), WendyNewth, Max­ine Dale and Bar­bara Shorter, cel­e­brate their newk­itchen and bar area.

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