Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Actors donate $30,000 to Christchurch’s Court Theatre

2 September 2011

Actors donate $30,000 to Christchurch’s Court Theatre

Actors’ unions around the world are donating vital funds to help relocate Christchurch’s Court Theatre to a former grain store in Addington, as part of a fundraising initiative led by NZ Actors’ Equity.

On Saturday, NZ Equity president Jennifer Ward-Lealand will present The Court Theatre with more than $30,000. The Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (to which NZ Equity belongs) has donated $20,000, and has secured more than $10,000 from other actors’ unions, including; the Screen Actors Guild, Dansk Skuespillerforbund, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, and US Actors Equity.

“It is with great pleasure that the acting community will donate money to help the Court Theatre establish their new quarters,” said Ward-Lealand. “The closure of the theatre as a result of February’s earthquake was devastating for New Zealand’s performing arts community, as well as for Cantabrian audiences.”

The Court Theatre is the country’s longest-running theatre. From 1976 until earthquake of 22 February, the theatre was housed in the historic Christchurch Arts Centre. The centre suffered extensive damage and it is estimated to be several years before it will be usable again. The Court’s relocation to Addington will likely cost $4.6 million.

“As Christchurch’s only professional theatre company, the Court has been a home to performers, crew and creative for four decades. We hope the donations pour in and the theatre is back up and running, and staging stellar live performance, once again,” said Ward-Lealand.

“Without actors, there is no theatre; there are no productions to present to our audiences and the support from our colleagues here in New Zealand and around the world is incredibly important to being able to realise The Court’s goal of opening in December,” said Court artistic director Ross Gumbley. “For actors from around the world to come to the aid of a theatre in absolute need, shows that the international theatre family is close knit and so supportive of each other. The Court Theatre is deeply grateful and moved by our fellow thespians’ generosity.”

NZ Equity raised The Court Theatre’s plight at the International Federation of Actors meeting earlier this year in Australia, and called on their sister unions for assistance.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels