Today I went to a training seminar at a beautiful little community theatre in Auckland, called the Dolphin Theatre, that a never knew existed.
Started in 1961 by a local lady called Mrs Veronica Dow, it’s a volunteer led organisation that runs 6 productions a year, and has run over 300 productions to date. It relies heavily on support from the local community, and can only continue to operate because of it’s volunteers, donations, and ticket sale income.
It’s named the Dolphin Theatre firstly as a nod to the Mermaid Theatre in London, and then because…“during the opening of the first play, Worm’s Eye View, a small dolphin was seen swimming in the Manukau Harbour, remaining there for the whole two-week season. This was considered a wonderful omen for the new theatre”
As an Auckland newbie, it’s wonderful to discover these little gems in my community, and I’ll certainly be checking out a future production.
I have to add, that they also provided the loveliest afternoon tea I’ve ever had on a training seminar…picture above!
For discovering a new theatre, and having tea and cake – 4 out of 5 stars