Story: Wellington region

Alternative theatre

Alternative theatre

Wellington’s lively alternative arts scene attracts many artists and performers. Some examine city life. In 2007 the drama company The Wheelbarrow Group staged the confronting play Corner 4am and Cuba. It told the story of a 14-year-old boy who was beaten to death near Wellington’s Cuba Street in 1999. Some believe he was targeted because he was gay and flamboyant.

This poster, from the Bats Theatre production, was designed by Graeme Offord from a concept by Luis Portillo and Ronald Nelson, with photography by Damian Seagar.

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The Wheelbarrow Group

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Chris Maclean, 'Wellington region - Arts and culture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 October 2020)

Story by Chris Maclean, updated 1 Aug 2015