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Wellington Visitor Information Centre
Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington
Phone: 04 802 4860

Archives New Zealand
Our dramatic heritage on record
Archives New Zealand holds records of significance to our nation’s theatre and drama heritage, including: plans for a proposed theatre in Thorndon (in 1915), apparently shelved due to World War One, collections of programmes and narratives relating to visiting performers, correspondence from the Sunny Amey collection, documents recording the past activities of several dramatic societies, and lots more. These documents and others can be viewed in the Reading Room of Archives New Zealand. Open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Entry free
Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street
Contact: Cathy Holmes, 04 894 6084, cathy.holmes@archives.govt.nz

Choir of St Mary of the Angels
Medieval dance party
Live music by a medieval band, musical and dramatic performances, bar snacks and mulled wine to mark the winter solstice.
Saturday 27 June, 7-11pm
St Patrick’s College Hall, 581 Evans Bay Parade
Contact: Robert Oliver, 04 934 2296,
feastoffoolswellington@gmail.com (www.feastoffools.co.nz)

Downstage Theatre
Theatre tours
Two guided tours will take place prior to the theatre’s next public forum at 2.30pm. The tours will be strictly limited in number (15 each). All those on the tours are welcome to stay for the forum to discuss the current state of play for the theatre and future developments. The tours will last approximately 30 minutes. There will be tea and coffee in the bar afterwards.
Saturday 20 June, 12noon and 1pm. Please contact Dan Slevin to make a booking.
Downstage Theatre, Corner of Cambridge Terrace and Courtenay Place
Contact: Dan Slevin, 04 802 6394, www.downstage.co.nz

Katherine Mansfield Birthplace Society
Open Day plus Katherine, her cousins and coffee
Dame Kate Harcourt will read from both Mansfield's stories and the works of her
cousin, Elizabeth Von Anim. Mansfield's second cousin, Roger
Beauchamp, will be present to answer questions on the history of the
Sunday 28 June, 10am-4pm, Dame Kate’s readings will begin at 2pm (reservations essential). Free entry all day and free coffee (courtesy of Caffe L'Affare)
Katherine Mansfield Birthplace, 25 Tinakori Road, Thorndon
Contact: Mary Morris, 04 473 7268,
kmbirthplace@xtra.co.nz (www.katherinemansfield.com)

Khandallah Arts Theatre
Twelfth Night– play and display
A display of photos from the 1975 production of Twelfth Night. The display will complement the current production of Twelfth Night, chosen to celebrate the Khandallah Arts Theatre’s 50th year. Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare we ever produced.
July 16, 17, 18, 19 and 23, 24, 25, 7.30pm for 8pm show. Matinees at 4pm on 19 and 25 July
Cochran Hall, Cashmere Avenue School, 110 Cashmere Avenue
Contact: Margaret Robertson, 04 479 2436, margaretr@vodafone.co.nz

Mount Victoria Historical Society
If these walls could talk
The Manchester Unity Oddfellow Building, now known as BATS Theatre, has been the home of Friendly Societies and theatre groups for more than 80 years. The MVHS will present an afternoon of stories and performance about the organisations and people that made up the rich history of the building, delivered in the place that continues to sustain this theatrical heritage.
Sunday 28 June, 2.30pm
BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Terrace, Mount Victoria
Contact: Natasha Naus, 021 039 7042 or
Natasha.naus@paradise.net.nz (http://mvha.wellington.net.nz)

Museum of Wellington
Drama at the museum
Drawing inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions about Wellington’s history, drama students from Wellington secondary schools will develop and present a series of intriguing performances. Workshops begin in June with renowned director, choreographer and arts facilitator Jamie Bull, with public performances in late July. For details, visit www.museumofwellington.co.nz or phone 04 472 8904.
During June and July
Queens Wharf
Contact: Jaqui Knowles, jaqui.knowles@wmt.org.nz

New Zealand Film Archive in association with the Friends of the Film Archive
Picture theatres past and present
Join noted local early film historian Clive Sowry on a guided walking tour of picture theatres (present and past, lost and found) and an associated screening/illustrated lecture on the same subject). The guided walk through the Wellington CBD starts from Plimmer Steps, Lambton Quay, adjacent to the site of the Exchange Hall, where it all began with the first public screening of motion pictures in Wellington in October 1896. The tour will end with refreshments and an illustrated talk at the Film Archive.   
Dates and times are still to be finalised so please register your interest early with the Archive's Friends' coordinator, Steve Russell who will keep you posted as details are confirmed. Contact: Steve Russell, 04 384 7647, ext 826 or steve.russell@nzfa.org.nz (www.filmarchive.org.nz)

New Zealand Portrait Gallery
Legacy: the Norrie Collection and other portraits from Government House
The drama and theatre of more than 500 years of royalty is played out in a portrait exhibition that includes works from the 16th century through several royal dynasties. This exhibition brings together a collection of works presented to New Zealand by Lord Norrie and previously on show only in Government House.
Until Sunday 23 August, daily 10.30am-4.30pm
Shed 11, Wellington waterfront
Contact: Jude Grogan, 04 472 8874,

All the World's a Stage - by Peter Hambleton,
and starring Ray Henwood in a shortened version of his Circa Theatre production inspired by the genius of Shakespeare's plays and poems, in which we meet Romeo, Shylock, Hamlet, Julius Caesar and a host of other enchanting characters.
NZ Portrait Gallery Shed 11 Sunday July 5 at 4.00pm   Admission $10.00

New Zealand Theatre Archive Trust
Introduction to archives: a two-day course
Learn how to organise archives. The two-day course is conducted by an experienced, qualified archives trainer. It is designed to introduce participants to organising the archives of theatre groups, but is equally applicable to the archives of any small organisation. A manual, Caring for your theatre archives, will be available at a cost of $15. The course fee is $150. Please register with Rosemary Collier by 25 June.
Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 July, 9.30am-4.30pm
Training Room, Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave Street
Contact: Rosemary Collier, 04 233 8155, rogcoll@paradise.net.nz

St James Theatre and The Opera House
Combined guided tours
Behind the scenes with guides Celia Walmsley and Bern McCabe. Participants should assemble at the Ticketek counter at the rear of the entrance foyer of the St James.
Monday 8 June at 11am and Monday 15 June at 2pm
St James Theatre, 77-87 Courtenay Place
Contact: Bill Sheat, billsheat@xtra.co.nz

St Peter's Church Restoration Fund/Karori Historical Society
What St Peter saw
Vignettes of Wellington life from 1879 to the present day as told in speech and music. The performance will be followed by afternoon tea. Update
Saturday 18 July, 2pm
St Peter’s Anglican Church, corner of Willis and Ghuznee Streets
Contact: Judith Burch, 04 476 4400, or Dianne Halliday, 04 972 2735

Time Cinema
Film of bygone days
Scenes of New Zealand performers and performances, particularly from the 1960s and 1970s. See some of our most colourful characters giving their best to audiences and displaying perfectly the periods in which they were so popular. Memories will be refreshed or acquaintances made and renewed as we can once again enjoy our heritage of the past.
Wednesday 15 July, doors open at 7.15pm, programme starts at 7.45pm 
Our apologies that the Brochure incorrectly quotes 17th.
Time Cinema, 191 Sutherland Road, Lyall Bay
Contact: John or Margaret Bell, 04 934 8463, cinema@paradise.net.nz

Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School
Guided tours
Behind-the-scenes tours of Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre (previously the Winter Show Buildings).
Wednesday 8 July, 11am and 2pm
Te Whaea National Dance and Drama Centre
11 Hutchison Road, Newtown
Contact: Jo Richardson, 04 381 9251, www.toiwhakaari.ac.nz

Manawa Pau
Second-year students collaborate on a site-specific work to explore what guardianship and history mean for them as young New Zealand practitioners. This work is inspired by Te Aro and performed in the Exchange Atrium.
Thursday 4 to Wednesday 10 June, 6pm and 8pm
The Exchange Building, 24 Blair Street
Bookings: 04 381 9253 (automated line)

Wellington City Libraries
All the world’s a stage . . .
A display of theatre-related books and ephemera selected from the Rare Book Collection of Wellington City Libraries.
Throughout June and July during Library hours
Second floor, Wellington Central Public Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington
Contact: GáborToth, 04 803 8572, gabor.toth@wcc.govt.nz (www.wcl.govt.nz)

Wellington Historical and Early Settlers’ Association
Theatre Royal (1873-1913)
A talk by music historian Peter Downes about one of Wellington’s long-lost theatres.
Thursday 18 June, 1.10pm.
Museum of Wellington, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
Contact: Vonnie Nunns, 04 938 9811,