16th Avenue Theatre

Tauranga's Premier Repertory Theatre

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Based at 164 Sixteenth Avenue West, we are proud to be home to a community of passionate artists, and a home for all kinds of performance and self-expression in Tauranga.

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16th Avenue Theatre is mounting the production of Nell Gwynn at the end of this year with production planning well underway.  The planning has highlighted the need for people to help with making (and altering) costumes for the production.

Nell Gwynn – the play

Nell Gwynn was one of the many mistresses of King Charles II and one of two who he continued to liaise with until his death.  The play tracks the story of their meeting and their continued relationship over the years.

Nell Gwynn was an actress – only the second female actress at that time (previously all female roles were played by males – usually young boys).  Charles enjoyed the theatre and that is where he met Nell – the rest, as they say, is history.

The play is set in mid-1600’s and is being costumed for that era.

Nell Gwynn – The Challenge

This production has a cast of about 15 with many costume changes required (for example Nell has about 10 different changes)

Many of the costumes will be new and have been designed by Alf Weston who has been a professional costumier both in NZ and overseas. I have managed to persuade him to help in his retirement and he has come up with some superb designs…


We now need people to make these amazing costumes.

Many hands make light work so the more people we have on board the easier it will be. The plan is to get together regularly to make this a fun, enjoyable experience.

Remember too, that even if your limit is to sew on buttons we want you to be part of the team.


If you would like to be part of the team, please let either myself or the Delwyn Weatherley (Production Manager) know so that we can work out a plan with you all to make this happen,


Dennis Fenwick                                        Delwyn Weatherley

Director                                                      Production Manager

Mobile – 027 314 1129                           027 274 7677

Email dennis@df-artistic.co.nz          Delwyn@backtoblack.co.nz

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