There are three or four theatres in Wellington. Circa Theatre is possibly the best known and has the better known productions.
Theatre in New Zealand is an intimate affair. We went to the World Premier of Pasefika at the Circa Theatre in Wellington last night. Pasefika is showing as part of Wellington’s New Zealand Festival 2014.
We enjoyed the play, which has a definite New Zealand cultural theme. It’s about Charles Meryon, a French artist in Paris whose eccentric etchings and verbal ramblings are strongly influenced by the time he spent in the New Zealand colony of Akaroa.
The theatre has two stages and this play was staged in the larger auditorium with a seating capacity of 242. We paid a meagre $25 each for the first showing (a preview) and we were in the second row; nearly on top of the actors.
I remember being just as astonished when we attended a play a few years back in Christchurch. The largest theatre in Christchurch had a similar capacity and was again a very intimate affair.
What was even more amazing was that they were not sold out. A play opening in the capital city and only about a hundred or so people attending!
It really makes me appreciate the diversity and the opportunities in London. I don’t realise it until I have left London but it must have some of the best theatre in the world (if not the best)…