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Help With Set Building 2018


The dates for set builds for 2018 are listed below.

You don’t need tools – though it could help if you can bring a battery-powered drill and any other small tools you own. You do need a willingness to do two things: first, to work on producing high-quality stage sets; and, second, to join in discussions and to put forward your own ideas on how best to achieve our aims.

The set builds are on Saturdays, starting from 9am and going on to around 5pm. You don’t have to work all those hours. Any time you can put in is great, although you should know that we generally stop around 12:30pm for lunch prepared and supplied by ETS, so you won’t want to miss that.

We’re a friendly bunch of people with varying skill levels, and the set builds are both challenging and fun. If you can come, email David Blakey or text/call 027 495 3794 in advance, so that we can plan the day – and include you in the lunch.

The set build dates for 2018 are:

Feb/Mar 2018 - The Witches
Saturday 17 February
Saturday 24 February
Saturday 3 March
Saturday 10 March
Pack-out Sunday 25 March

May/June 2018 - The House of Angels
Saturday 12 May
Saturday 19 May
Saturday 26 May
Saturday 2 June & Sunday 3 June
Pack-out Sunday 17 June

July/August 2018 - Beautiful Thing
Saturday 28 July
Saturday 4 August
Saturday 11 August
Saturday 18 August
Pack-out Sunday 2 September

Oct/Nov 2018 The Lady in the Van
Saturday 13 October
Saturday 20 October & Sunday 21 October
Saturday 27 October
Saturday 3 November
Pack-out Sunday 18 November

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019 — 22 to 31 August 2019

The ETS One-Act Play Festival has provided playwrights with an opportunity to see their work leap from page to stage and new directors the chance to be mentored through the production process. Submissions are now open for the sixth biennial Festival in 2019.

Invitation to Directors
. Have you ever thought about directing a play but never had the chance?
. Are you an experienced director who would like the challenge of a one act play?
. Are you a drama student looking for an opportunity to practice what you've learnt?
. Are you an actor who wants to give directing a go?
. Have you written a One Act Play that you would like to direct or have someone else direct?

ETS is now inviting applications from experienced and new directors for the Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2019. Application forms and criteria can be downloaded from this link.

. Performances must be between twenty and forty minutes duration.
. Preference will be given to new plays, emerging directors or established directors mentoring emerging directors.

Entries must be received by 28 February 2019 – please post entries to the Secretary, Ellerslie Theatrical Society, PO Box 11432, Ellerslie 1542 or email to

If you require further information or need assistance with the application please email

Call for Directors 2019 and 2020

Call for Directors 2019 and 2020

Applications are invited from Directors who would like to present a play, or selection of plays, to be considered for the Ellerslie Theatrical Society 2019 and 2020 seasons.  Applications close on Saturday 22 June 2018.  Expressions of interest are also invited to direct the Christmas Float in 2019 and the first play of 2020.

Tentative dates are:

Christmas Float 2018
Sunday 2 December

Main Bill 1 - 2019
Season 14 to 23 March
Audition Saturday 10 November 2018
Rehearsals start Sunday 6 January 2019

Main Bill 2 - 2019
Season 6 to 15 June
Audition Saturday 16 March 2019
Rehearsals start Sunday 31 March 2019

Main Bill 3 - 2019 The Ellerslie Festival of One Act Plays 2019
Season 22 to 31 August
Auditions Saturday 8 June 2019
Rehearsals start Monday 17 June 2019

Main Bill 4 - 2019
Season 7 to 16 November
Audition Saturday 24 August 2019
Rehearsals start Tuesday 3 September 2018

Christmas Float 2019
Sunday 1 December

Main Bill 1 - 2020
Season 12 to 21 March 2020
Audition Saturday 9 November 2019
Rehearsals start Sunday 5 January 2020

If you wish to direct a play at ETS, please download our application form. Or for more information email

Annual General Meeting 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Ellerslie Theatrical Society Inc. will be held on

MONDAY 16 APRIL 2018 AT 8.00PM

at the STABLES THEATRE, 138 Main Highway (cnr Main Highway and Arthur Street), Ellerslie

All are welcome and supper will be served at the conclusion of the evenings' business.


Written nominations are called for the following positions:
Vice President x 2
Committee Member x 5

• The elections for the above positions will be held in the order stated.
• A person can only hold one position on the committee.
• Nominees for the position of President must have been members of the Committee for at least twelve months immediately prior to the AGM.
• Nominees for the position of Vice President and Treasurer must have been financial members of the Society for at least twelve months prior to the AGM.
• All nominees must be financial members of the Society.

It is preferable that nominations are received no later than 16 March 2018. Nominations can be posted to: The Secretary, Ellerslie Theatrical Society, PO Box 11 432, Ellerslie or emailed to Late nominations handed to the Secretary at the meeting prior to the advertised starting time will be accepted at the Chairman's discretion.

To nominate a member for the committee, download the nomination form.



The Management Committee intends to change its principal method for payment to online banking. The current clause does not enable the Management Committee to do this.

Currently, clause 10(b) under ‘Finance’ in the Rules states:
All monies received by and on behalf of the Society shall forthwith be paid to the credit of the Society in such bank or investment accounts from time to time authorised by Resolution of the Management Committee and all cheques or withdrawal slips drawn on such account or accounts shall be signed by any two of the President, Treasurer and such other members of the Committee as it may from time to time by resolution authorise as signatories.

The proposal
The Management Committee proposes that the first part of this clause should be retained, as it relates to payments received by the Society, as clause 10(b), and that the second part of this clause should form a new clause 10(c), relating to payments made by the Society.

All subsequent clauses within section 10, Finance, will be renumbered, with the current clause 10(c) becoming 10(d), and so on.

Clause 10(b) will then be:
All monies received by and on behalf of the Society shall forthwith be paid to the credit of the Society in such bank or investment accounts from time to time authorised by Resolution of the Management Committee.

The new clause 10(c) will be:
All withdrawals on such account or accounts shall be authorised (whether by digital authorisation online or by signature on a cheque or other paper instrument) by any two of the President, Treasurer and such other members of the Committee as are from time to time authorised as signatories by Resolution of the Management Committee.

If you would like further information about the proposed rule change please contact David Blakey 027 495 3794 or by email to

Earlybird Membership Draw 2018

Membership Renewal

ETS needs your support which you can give by renewing or by becoming a new financial member, attending the shows and participating in our productions in the areas of activity outlined on the membership form. The membership year is from the 1 January to 31 December each year.

As a member you will:
Receive regular newsletters and audition notices.
Be able to participate in ETS plays and social functions.
Receive a discount on ticket purchases.
Support your local, non-profit, theatrical society.

Renew your membership or become a new member by 28 February 2018 and go in the draw to win two tickets to any ETS show this year.

You can pay via internet banking (instructions in membership form) or post a cheque to Treasurer, ETS, PO Box 11 432, Ellerslie, Auckland 1542. If you are interested or willing to participate in any aspect of the theatre, please let us know by ticking or adding your interest on the membership form.

You can download our membership form here.

Annual Shows Subscription 2018

Annual Subscription for $88 (value over $100)

Surprise a friend or treat yourself to an ETS Annual Shows Subscription and see all four shows in 2018.

15 to 24 March The Witches by Roald Dahl adapted by David Wood, directed by Daryl Wrightson
7 to 16 June The House of Angels written by Ruth Mayo, directed by Sian Davis
23 August to 1 September Beautiful Thing by Jonathan Harvey, directed by Bruce Brown
8 to 17 November The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett, directed by Des Smith

Benefits include:
Priority bookings
A half price glass of wine at each show,
and the delight of seeing quality theatre throughout the year.

Call Rona Colbert 09 525 3336 or email for more information.