Mana Little Theatre is a small but vibrant boutique community theatre in Plimmerton, Porirua, New Zealand, a stone’s throw away from the Tasman Sea. We usually put on four shows per year, each having a two-week run, and hold occasional musical events.
Plimmerton was once a weekend holiday retreat for families living and working in Wellington city, but over the past 30 years has increasingly become a dormitory suburb of the capital, with residents who seek space, a better climate and the feeling of a village but an easy commute to the city. The theatre group’s first public production was at the end of July 1959, with a season of one act plays. Planning had started some months earlier when two local mothers decided the seaside village needed some cultural activities, called a public meeting, and the group was formed. For many years Mana Little Theatre performed in the Plimmerton Pavilion, with clubrooms in what was fondly known as ‘the hut’, an old classroom opposite Plimmerton’s fish and chip shop, and now the site of a community park. In the late 1970s, the old RSA rooms at the rear of the Pavilion were made available to the theatre to use as clubrooms – and it wasn’t long before ‘The Studio’ became home to Mana Little Theatre with nearly every production since being performed there.
The current constitution of Mana Little Theatre can be accessed here.
Here we commemorate our fallen. Click here to go to the In Memoriam page.