New Athenaeum Theatre - a brand NEW black box theatre right in
the Octagon, re-using the historic Athenaeum Theatre.
Run by a Charitable Trust, the NAT has been established to
provide an easy-access, affordable venue for performance
Already, we are hosting shows with limited resources, and have
started providing courses that engage with the theatre community.
We aim to become a hub for performance artists, and a resource for
We are solidly booked for Dunedin Fringe Festival 2018, and will
be hosting the Dunedin Theatre Awards in December. In between all
that, we need to raise the funds to improve the facilities we can
offer as a modern, flexible, supported performance space.
In order to continue to develop, and achieve our goals, we need
to upgrade elements of our historic building, and kit it out as
befits a modern theatre.
We are fundraising to upgrade the elderly (historic!) power
supply to the theatre, and install heating. The Trust also needs to
purchase all the essentials - lights, sound, safety equipment.
A new theatre with a long history
The theatre on this site has a long history in Dunedin; it has
served as an education setting for the Mechanic's Institute in the
1800s, the location of the Otago Cinema Club in the 50s to 70s, and
more recently as the founding home of Fortune Theatre (1974) and as
a tertiary theatre training facility - Otago Institute of
Television Theatre and Radio (1990s).
Despite being empty for several years, many people retain a
connection to the building, and are excited to see its future
potential as a hub for Dunedin performance activity.
What we've achieved so far...
The Dunedin Collaborative Theatre Trust has coordinated many
volunteer hours to tidy and paint this incredible space. Facilities
on offer include foyer workspaces, a large green/dressing room
(also good for rehearsal!), and the theatre itself - seating 50-90
(depending on configuration). This has all been done with donations
of time, goods, and money, involving people who are as excited as
we are to make this happen!
On the limited resources we have, we have hosted two
productions, a standup comedy show, and a children's drama class
recital for Mums and Dads.
You can be part of it!
We invite you to be part of this very special project - please
donate to the campaign, and spread the word!
If you're a fan of theatre - especially, new, developing and
innovative companies in an old, historic, and renowned building,
this is the project for you!
The NAT is just beginning its incredible journey - this campaign
is the foundation of creating an affordable, accessible, supportive
venue for emerging and professional practitioners.
Our target represents the bare essentials of sound, safety
equipment, and comfort essentials, but with your full support
beyond that, we know we will be ready to give our Fringe artists
the very best in March. Supporting us supports them, so if you know
someone at the NAT for Dunedin Fringe 2018, get amongst!
Can't Stop Won't Stop
8 MONTHS AGO
We are so lucky to have artists lining up to use the NAT! A couple of exciting projects for next year are on the go - it's great that people are finding out we are here, and are coming in to see how we can help them out.
In order to provide our artists with a safe, accessible space, we need to continue improving aspects of the historic theatre. Take the floor, for instance! We needed to cover the old, splintery t&g with something insulated, smooth and safe.We have received support already from the DCC Heritage Fund specifically for this purpose; and so, last week it happened! 5 days and approximately 50 hours of volunteer labour means that performers and audience are warmer and safer.
There is much more to do, though, so keep in touch to see what we are up to.