Happenings

January Update

Time to give you some news from the Little Theatre Management team;

Local business sponsorship is really encouraging, with much support continuing, from all business sectors.

We are currently finding and booking shows that will add to the other attractions our town has to offer, and put Picton Little Theatre firmly back on the entertainment map.

Meanwhile the venue carries on as the headquarters for Table Tennis every Tuesday from 10 am to 12 midday. The cost is $3 and if the tea lady/man turns up, there is even a cuppa half way through. Need any further information give Chris Davies a call on 573 8131 – otherwise just turn up on Tuesday and make yourself known.

Picton Wine Club are meeting on the first Friday of each month and enjoy the atmosphere that the Theatre brings. Over the years they have assisted with donations that have gone towards improving the facility and we value their ongoing support. Contact James Wilson 573 6334 for more information on the Wine Club.

The Little Theatre is a versatile venue as is demonstrated by another of our long term hirers, The Picton Scottish Country Dance Club, which meets every Wednesday night for most of the year. Dianne Gullery – phone 573 7784 would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in finding out more details.

We are of course always on the lookout for people interested in the Stage, be it Drama, Musicals, Pantomime, Acting, Directing, Sound and Lighting or any other aspect of the Theatre.

Appreciate your support,

Don McDonald

Program for 2017

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  • 14th February 7:15pm, Little Theatre AGM, at the Little Theatre.
  • 25th February, “Ma Bell & Friends” –31696-miller-bell-music-picton-poster-rev1-001_resized
  • 10th March, “The Nukes”aotnz-nukes-2016-ecard-p23
  • April
  • May
  • June 30th  “NZ Guitar Quartet”
  • July “Palace of Varieties” Riccarton Players (date to be confirmed)
  • August
  • 9th September “Bill Massey’s Tourists”
  • 13th October “Andrew London Trio”

Welcome to Picton Little Theatre

Picton Little Theatre Incorporated, is a registered Charity and is owned by its members and has been home to Picton Drama Club for 50 years.

The theatre can accommodate 100 people in the Auditorium and is available for hire by Community Groups, touring

or Commercial organisations.

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From the “Picton News” July 1964

In the winter of 1953 a meeting was called by Mr T.A.Tarrant to form a Drama Club. From this emerged Picton Drama Club, and a long tradition was established.

Initially the Club held rehearsals in the Regent Theatre, thanks to Mr R Dawkins, the proprietor. But on the Regent changing hands in 1957, the Club moved to Flood’s Joinery in Ken St ,for rehearsals, but freezing temperatures drove them to the home of Mr & Mrs T.R Harrison.

Play readings were held once a month in the Methodist Hall, until In 1958 they obtained rooms behind the Marlborough Express Newspaper office (which was on the land now occupied by the “Z” Petrol Station). Always in the background was the goal of having their own premises.

In 1962 the Picton Borough Council offered the Club a section of land and plans were afoot to build a theatre, but then the newspaper advised the Club, their tenancy was finished.A member suggested the Club approach the owners of the Forrester’s Hall, the New Zealand Labour Party. The outcome of this was a lease to buy agreement.

 When the Club opened its own Little Theatre to the public on 22nd July 1964, the Mayor of Picton, Mr A.E.Greig said  “With only a little money and a lot of hard work, the Picton Drama Club had earned everything it possessed by it’s own efforts and also provided the town with an asset”