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Wellington Amateur Dramatic Club, 1880

The first New Zealand actors were amateurs, and amateur performers have been a vital element of the country's theatre tradition ever since. Click through the pages to read the rules of the Wellington Amateur Dramatic Club, formed in 1880. Until 1891, when it combined with the Amateur Operatic Society, the club performed at least 40 plays and raised thousands of pounds for charity.

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How to cite this page:

Laurie Atkinson, 'Actors and acting - Early acting, 1840s to 1920', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/42178/wellington-amateur-dramatic-club-1880 (accessed 27 September 2020)

Story by Laurie Atkinson, published 22 Oct 2014