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Heretaunga Players at British Drama League Festival, 1968

Heretaunga Players at British Drama League Festival, 1968

The British Drama League was established in New Zealand in 1931 and encouraged the performance of one-act plays by its members. Here Wendy Evans and Les Jones of the Heretaunga Players assume the roles of Doto and Tegeus-Chromis in a 1968 performance of A phoenix too frequent, by Christopher Fry. The Heretaunga Players were a community theatre group from Upper Hutt. Established in 1939, they were still active in 2014. In 1969, shortly after this event, the British Drama League was absorbed into Theatre New Zealand. 

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Upper Hutt City Library Heritage Collections, Heretaunga Players Collection
Reference: P2-2258-11660
Photograph by Revelle Jackson

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Marguerite Hill, 'Arts festivals - Celebrations and centenaries, 1930s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 July 2022)

Story by Marguerite Hill, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Aug 2016