Theatre company ‘thrilled’ with Oamaru


A Wellington-based theatre company which performed a play about the construction of the Waitaki Dam in Oamaru on Monday night was “thrilled” with the response from the community, actor Brianne Kerr says.

The Bacchanals performed Dean Parker’s Once We Built A Tower: The Construction of the Waitaki Dam and the Welfare State 1928-39 at the Oamaru Scottish Hall.

They also performed the show in Omarama last Friday and in Kurow on Saturday.

Ms Kerr said Monday night’s show had a great turnout, with more than 70 people in the audience, and a lot of interesting stories came from it.

“It was fabulous.

“People that we spoke to had really strong connections to the Waitaki Dam.

“There were three sisters that were born there and had great memories of it.”

The strong ties to the area made it more pertinent and exciting for the audience, she said.

“Everyone knows the history.

“We have just been thrilled with the community response.”

It was the group’s first time touring and they had been enjoying performing in different venues around the South Island, Ms Kerr said.

“The Oamaru Scottish Hall was perfect. It’s such a beautiful space.

“We really felt honoured to be there.”

The Bacchanals will finish their South Island tour in Clyde on Saturday.



ONCE WE BUILT A TOWER: The Bacchanals were thrilled to perform their show about the construction of the Waitaki Dam in Oamaru on Monday night.

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