Theatre group back in black

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Remarkable Theatre is back from the brink of financial collapse and about to present its third production in Queenstown Gardens. 

The drama group formerly known as Queenstown Shakespeare took a $40,000 hit from the dismal failure of its Tapanui Tanzi show four years ago. 

“It would have been easier to fold,” committee member Tory Keating-Mackay (right) admits. 

Instead, president Jane Robertson (below) recalls: “We had quite a year selling bacon butties and doing other fundraising ventures.” 

While the Tapanui Tanzi debt was paid off reasonably quickly, it then took time to build up capital to embark on another sizeable production, she says. 

However, the group’s recent shows have pulled in reasonable audiences as well, and funding has also begun to flow from Central Lakes Trust, the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust and Remarkables Park. 

“It was really only with Secret Bridesmaids’ Business [staged in Arrowtown last year] that we felt we really had enough of a financial grounding to embark upon quite a major undertaking,” Robertson says. 

Remarkable Theatre’s eight-show season of locally-written Greed, Glamour & Grudges – Tales of Gold – centring on vignettes and identities from the 1850s and 1860s – runs from January 27-29 in the Gardens. 

On the first day the shows will be at 6 and 8pm, and on the following two days they’ll be at 2, 4 and 6pm. 

Performances are not ticketed and entry is by donation. 

Remarkable Theatre is also putting on the show at a ticketed event at the Goldfields Mining Centre, near Cromwell, next month.