Christchurch theatre advertised in The Press recently. It feels like nothing much has changed since Peter Falkenberg wrote the article below... in 1984.
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.