Continuing my posts about Wellington's Downstage Theatre, here are two shows from 2008 - Taki Rua Theatre's Te Karakia, and Auckland Theatre Company's Where We Once Belonged, both part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival in '08.  (And a few people enjoying the hospitality after opening night, too!) Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

Downstage Theatre, Wellington

It's interesting to see the space in a different configuration - in traverse - for these two shows.  It's one of those things that was always possible in the theatre, but not too many shows (at least, of the ones I saw) took advantage of that option.

I've actually got a print of one of these sitting on my desk at work, too - a black & white version of the one of Robbie Magasiva, sitting in the dark. I've always liked that one...!

There have been a few headlines about the theatre in the last couple of days, but no miracle solutions to save it at the eleventh hour; here are a few of the articles from the Dominion Post: - Curtain closing on Downstage Downstage exit left, but the show will go onThe sad demise of DownstageDownstage closure a tragedy

There's an active discussion forum on the topic at Theatreview.org.nz (with collected links to other news articles at Radio New Zealand), and a collection of historic photos at Downstage's own Facebook page as well.

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