The PumpHouse Theatre honours one of its champions
The PumpHouse Theatre honours one of its most high profile champions
Genevieve Becroft’s five decades-long contribution to The PumpHouse Theatre was honoured at the North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 23 August 2017.
It was announced the indoor theatre at The PumpHouse will be named after Genevieve Becroft at an official ceremony and plaque unveiling to be held in November 2017.
Mrs Becroft was instrumental in the rescue, renovation and redevelopment of the historic pumping station into a theatre, and has been a prominent Takapuna arts patron and advocate for North Shore arts.
Chair of the North Shore Theatre and Arts Trust, Peter Burn, says it will be a fitting tribute for all that Mrs Becroft and her family have given over the years.
“It was Genevieve and other local residents’ vision that The PumpHouse should be saved and turned into the community asset that it is today. Her determination and advocacy assisted so much in bringing this dream to reality.” says Burn.
The honour coincides with The PumpHouse Theatre’s 40th anniversary celebrations held throughout 2017.
The former water pumping station, situated in Killarney Park by Lake Pupuke, was built in 1905 and converted to a theatre in the 1970s. Today the theatre hosts a full calendar of events including comedy and drama, Outdoor Shakespeare, education classes, musicals, theatre for children and music.