Arts Centre events attract capacity crowds

People are continuing to flock to the Arts Centre as it gradually reopens to the public, with three recent events attracting capacity crowds.

More than half the Arts Centre site is now open to the public, offering an increasing number of reasons to visit the unique historic precinct.

During April, an estimated 2,000 people attended the Lost and Found Market, while almost 1,500 attended two original productions presented by Arts Centre tenants Free Theatre and Two Productions. Watch a timelapse of the market.

Free Theatre’s season of The Black Rider sold out on two nights, showing there is clearly a demand for original art theatre, says actor and producer Dr George Parker.Moby Dick in the Great Hall

“We had people in the audience who travelled from around the region and from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.”

The show was produced on a tight budget, meaning sponsor partnerships were critical, he says.

“It is these kinds of partnerships that are so important for bringing the city to life again and in a way that makes it more exciting and dynamic than it was before.”

A four-night season of Moby Dick presented by Two Productions in the Great Hall also attracted strong attendance, including two sell-out nights. The Arts Centre was the principle supporter of the show which was the first to be presented in Christchurch by Two Productions since it took up residency on site in January.

What the audience said about The Black Rider:

“This is a great night of theatre. Stunning performances, superb direction, and a fascinating, original and adventurous theatrical work… How lucky we are in Christchurch to have such a depth and variety of theatrical talent and opportunities.” Tony Ryan, Theatreview

“Thanks to everyone for providing a truly magical experience. I felt transported to another world from which I’ve not entirely emerged yet. Haunting in every respect.”Photo credit: Sabin Holloway

“A shot in the arm for contemporary art in Christchurch. If you like your theatre modern, visually spectacular, smart and sophisticated, then you’re not going to find a better example than this in New Zealand. Simply superb.”


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