Friends of the Globe Theatre chairwoman Rosemary Beresford
contemplates the theatre's seats, which are protected by a
large blue tarpaulin in case of rain.
The flurry of fundraising activity continues as the
Friends of the Globe Theatre inch towards their goal of raising
$500,000 for repairs to the historic Dunedin theatre.
Friends of the Globe president Dr Rosemary Beresford said
about $275,000 had been raised so far through grants and
fundraising activities, and the group was waiting for
responses from several major funding organisations.
''The fundraising is going well but we can't rest on our
laurels. We need to raise the $500,000 by October,'' Dr
Grants received so far have included a pledge of $143,000
from the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment
and Heritage (WWEH) Committee, $58,485 from the Stout
(Guardian) Trust, $18,353 from the Alexander MacMillan Trust,
$10,000 from the AAW Jones Trust, $5000 from the Southern
Trust and $2000 from the Dunedin City Council Heritage Fund.
About $2500 in profits from box office takings so far this
year had also been transferred to the ''roof fund'', Dr
The Friends of the Globe were awaiting responses to
applications for grants of $100,000 from the Otago Community
Trust, $50,000 from the Harry Wilson Trust, $5000 from the
Lion Foundation and $5000 from the NZ Community Trust.
''We are very hopeful of getting support from these
organisations, but we still need to do more - time is rushing
past,'' Dr Beresford said.
The full Lotteries grant pledge is dependent on the Friends
of the Globe reaching the $500,000 target by October, and
Amalgamated Builders has been contracted to start the work
The project will include repairing the theatre's leaking
roof, carrying out earthquake strengthening and fixing
problems with the building's structure.
The Globe Theatre holds a category 1 Heritage New Zealand
The recent change to the building consents process was also a
complicating factor, with major building work triggering
additional fire safety and disabled access requirements, Dr
''We are working through those with the DCC, who have been
very supportive,'' she said.
As the grants process continues, the Globe Theatre has
embarked on a programme of back-to-back productions and
These include a season of Alan Bennett's The History Boys,
opening next Thursday, May 29; a dramatisation of Jane
Austen's Lady Susan, on June 13 and 14; and Shakespeare's A
Midsummer Night's Dream, from July 24 to August 2.
The Friends of the Globe is also offering sponsorship
opportunities to individuals and businesses, including the
chance to be theatre ''ghosts'' ($1000) or to sponsor
In addition, the theatre has also launched a crowd-funding
site for donations at http://www.givealittle.co.nz/org/GlobeTheatre.