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Membership Renewal 2020

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.

Membership Categories/Fees:
Adult $20.00
Student $10.00
Senior Citizen $10.00

You can pay via internet banking by following our guide here. This is the easiest way to pay.

Alternatively you can download our membership form here.

If you can't pay online, you can post a cheque to Treasurer, ETS, 40 Michaels Ave, Ellerslie, Auckland 1051. 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.

Help With Set Building 2020


The dates for set builds for 2020 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 2020 are:

Main Bill Two ~ CANCELLED

Main Bill Three ~ CANCELLED

Main Bill Four ~ PROOF (to be confirmed)
Saturday 10 October
Saturday 17 October
Saturday 24 October & Sunday 25 October
Saturday 31 October
Pack-out Sunday 15 November

Members who volunteer for crew roles receive two complimentary tickets to the show.

Informal Play Reading Group 2020

Informal Play Reading Evening

The Informal Play Reading Evenings have been postponed until further notice. Ellerslie Theatre takes the health and welfare of our members, volunteers and guests seriously. We follow Ministry of Health advice on COVID-19 regarding social distancing. There are pre-existing conditions for a few of our volunteers and the uncertainty of who may be present makes us join all our friends who have had to make the same decisions in being mindful and vigilant.

Join ETS for a relaxed evening as we read some fantastic plays together. This informal group meets periodically to give members the opportunity to read or listen to both complete plays, and interesting excerpts. New participants are welcome, and play suggestions are also invited.

These are the readings and dates scheduled for 2020.

An adaption of Frances Hodgson Burnett's much beloved children's classic adapted by Neil Duffield and written for a cast of 7 men and 12 women. Mary Lennox, known as a difficult child, is sent from India to live at her uncle�s estate in England after her parents pass away. Misselthwaite Manor turns out to be a gloomy fortress. Her uncle is rarely home, and his young son, Colin, never leaves his room, convinced he�s an incurable invalid. To her surprise, Mary discovers a strange walled garden that has been locked up for years. With the assistance of Dickon, the gardener�s apprentice, Mary brings the garden back to life and discovers Dickon�s amazing ability to communicate with animals. The garden seems to have a wonderful, magical effect on all who come into it, allowing Mary to help restore Colin to health and to reunite him with his father.

Written by Lucinda Cox, based on the novel by Harriet Lane. A psychological thriller excavating the fault lines that separate the entitled from the rest. Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She's quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an overturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys's famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself ushered for the first time into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what will it take to belong?

Two one-act plays by Tamara von Werthern.
The Village Church - A short play about faith, families, and fitting in. Tom and Marie, a couple in their sixties, have just made the move from London to a small village in the countryside. And everything's different out here. Marie is getting involved with the church community, just to find her way into village life. But Tom is a committed atheist, and a bit of a hermit. He won't listen to reason. Until events intervene, and he discovers a faith that's stronger than anyone expected.
Baby Dolls - A futuristic comedy about conception, state control and rebellion. Three women meet at a baby shower. But darker things than cupcakes and babygrows are on their mind.

There are plenty of parts for readers, and listeners are also most welcome. RSVP for numbers or enquiries to Jocelyn McQuaid 09 626 3070 ( Taking a little something for supper would be appreciated.

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2021

Ellerslie Festival of One-Act Plays 2021 - 11 to 20 November 2021

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 seventh biennial Festival in 2021.

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 2021. 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 2021 - 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