Sale aids hopes for a theatre

Lola Gilks (10), of Dunedin, tries out some of the options at a charity costume auction yesterday...
Lola Gilks (10), of Dunedin, tries out some of the options at a charity costume auction yesterday. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
When it came to selling some of the weirdest of the pre-loved theatrical costumes at the weekend, the score was initially 2-1 to the buyers.

Stage South Charitable Trust secretary Katrina Chandra said a cow's head was sold to an after-school science group, and a fetching onesie dog suit was also sold at Saturday's pop-up charity costume sale.

That left a sizeable red dragon head still awaiting an attentive buyer.

The sale continued yesterday at Room 12, King Edward Court, and will be repeated from 10am-2pm next Saturday and Sunday, Ms Chandra said.

Members of the trust are keen to see professional theatre re-established in Dunedin, after the demise of the Fortune Theatre.

About 40 people, young and older, visited the costume storage area on Saturday.

Ms Chandra said the sale was part of a "rationalisation" of the trust's former Fortune Theatre costumes, and came after the trust recently moved the best of the Fortune costumes to the AA building, in Moray Pl.

The trust was now selling hundreds of remaining items, including many colourful dresses, a mass of hats and many men's shirts and jackets.

"There's a lot of memories that go with it," she said.

Among the items were some of the "ugliest bridesmaid dresses" imaginable.

It had taken a year to get the reorganised costume arrangements to this point, and the pop-up sale was also contributing to the eventual re-emergence of professional theatre in the city.

"We're still hanging in there.

"We look forward to having a new theatre in Dunedin in the not-too-distant future."

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