If you want to find out about the cultural life of a town, one of the quickest ways is to go to its theatre performances. There you find the most direct expression of the consciousness of the social elite of a community. The choice of plays, the way they are performed, the expectations of the audience, its reaction to the performance: all these can facilitate a subtle and differentiated understanding of the taste of a town, at least for an observer that expects from a theatre performance more than just a good night out.
Peter Falkenberg, 1984
Christchurch theatre advertised in The Press recently. It feels like nothing much has changed since Peter Falkenberg wrote the article below... in 1984.