You TubeFacebookTwitterflickrGoogle plus
Thursday, 21 March 2019 01:12 am

Hutt Repertory Theatre gets nostalgic for its 70th birthday

Jul 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Latest News, News


PROUD: Roger Linkhorn (left), Lesley Tilley, Joan Tite and Ella Mason (front) are all looking forward to celebrating their time with the theatre.

IT’S BACK to the future for the 70th birthday of Hutt Repertory Theatre which will be performing two new one-act plays in August.

The theatre began life performing one-act plays in 1944, so the two new plays Lovers and The Zoo Story are being used to connect with history.

Hutt Repertory Theatre was started in 1944 by Mary MacKenzie as an outlet for drama enthusiasts in the Hutt Valley. The only other alternative was to travel to Wellington.

Performers wanted a chance to do something in their own area, says longstanding member Ella Mason.

The theatre performed plays at local community halls until the 1950s when the actual theatre was built in Epuni.

Personal loans taken out by theatre members provided the initial funding.

Mrs Mason says joining the theatre in 1950 was a chance for her have some time to herself.

“I had a strong interest in drama and had four children under six years old,” says Mrs Mason.

When she joined it was an honour to be asked to make the tea or wash the dishes.

“If you were asked to do that, you were one of the people.”

It was only a matter of time though before Mrs Mason fell into wardrobe, because she was not necessarily interested in acting but was a keen sewer.

Another long-time member, Joan Tite, says the theatre has been lucky with some exceptionally good directors.

“Arthur Williams, Barrie Bradbury, a whole raft of very experienced actors became directors,” she says.

Rehearsing the same plays over and over could get “desperately boring” Mrs Tite says, but they were always made fun with the cast involved.

The two one-act plays will be performed from August 27 to August 30 in Epuni.
For more information about the performances visit the theatre’s website,


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

is a Whitireia journalism student
Email this author | All posts by

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Radio News