From the Playhouse

The Playhouse isn’t getting any younger, and needs a full refurbishment if it’s to endure long-term.

The Repertory Society are undertaking a feasibility study of this – looking at what a refurbishment would involve, how much it might cost, and whether it’s needed by the community.

A key part of that is engaging with the arts community about how else the theatre could be used if it were refurbished. 

The Repertory Society are committed to making the Playhouse more available, accessible and affordable to the rest of the arts community. 

Please support us by completing this survey, we would love to hear your thoughts.

And if you haven't been to the theatre in a while, we'd love to you show you through and have a chat in a few weeks' time. We'll stay in touch!

From Feldspar Associates:

Feldspar Associates have been appointed by the Dunedin Repertory Society Trust to carry out the Playhouse feasibility study described above. 

We have developed this survey to help us understand how the existing Playhouse building is used and what a future, redeveloped Playhouse might look like.

When responding to this survey, please remember the Playhouse is not a professional theatre, it is run by a dedicated team of hard-working volunteers.

The online survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and will be open until 15 May 2021. Please do let us know if you have any problems or if you have anything further to add – projects@feldspar.co.nz

Thank you for your time.

A. ABOUT YOU

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* 1. Name

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* 2. Organisation

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* 3. Contact details (optional)

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* 4. We will host groups, (or individual organisations), at the theatre for a cuppa and discussion about how the Playhouse could add more value to the arts community in May. Would you/your organisation be interested in attending?

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* 5. If you are unfamiliar with the Playhouse, would you like us to show you around?

B. ABOUT THE CURRENT PLAYHOUSE

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* 6. Have you hired the Playhouse before?

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* 7. If yes, how often have you hired the Playhouse?

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* 8. If you answered 'yes' to question 4, what were your main reasons for choosing the Playhouse? Please tick all that apply.

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* 9. If you never hired the Playhouse before - or if you have rejected it as an option before - what was the main reason why? Please tick all that apply.

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* 10. Do you think the building is easy to find?

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* 11. If no, what do you think makes the building difficult to find?

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* 12. If you have hired the Playhouse before, was the experience of your cast/crew/audience affected by a lack of car parking?

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* 13. If you have hired the Playhouse before, were your cast/crew/audience members able to access and move around the building easily?

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* 14. If no, what made it difficult? 

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* 15. What do you think would improve accessibility around the building? Please tick all that apply.

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* 16. Compared with other theatres in Dunedin, what score would you give the Playhouse out of 10?

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* 17. Overall, how do you think the Playhouse building compares with other small theatres in Dunedin?

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* 18. How do you think the size of the auditorium compares with other small theatres in Dunedin?

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* 19. How do you think the atmosphere of the Playhouse compares with other small theatres in Dunedin? 

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* 20. How do you think the range and quality of productions at the Playhouse compares with other small theatres in Dunedin?

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* 21. Do you think the Playhouse attracts a different audience from other theatres in Dunedin?

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* 22. Are there any other theatres that you think the Playhouse should aim to be like?

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* 23. What do you like most about the current Playhouse building? Please tick all that apply.

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* 24. What do you like least about the current Playhouse building? Please tick all that apply. 

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* 25. Do you think the building's circulation spaces, (the corridors and stairs), work well?

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* 26. If no, how do you think they can be improved?

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* 27. Is there anything else that you would like to add about the pros and cons of the Playhouse as it currently is?

C. ABOUT USING A REDEVELOPED PLAYHOUSE BUILDING

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* 28. If the Playhouse was improved, do you think you would be more likely to hire the space?

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* 29. If you are not likely to use the Playhouse as venue, even if were refurbished, please could you let us know why?

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* 30. If the Playhouse was redeveloped, how often do you think you would be likely to hire the venue?

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* 31. If you are likely to hire the Playhouse as a venue, what parts of the building would you want to use?

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* 32. What aspects of the Playhouse would have to be addressed for you to consider hiring it?

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* 33. What would be your top three things to improve about the building? Please rank with 1 being your top priority.

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* 34. The Playhouse committee would like to expand the use of the theatre if possible, would you/your organisation be interested in getting involved in any of the following? Please tick all that apply.

D. TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

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* 35. If your organisation were to hire a restored Playhouse as a venue, what sort of technical equipment would you need?

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* 36. Do you have anything else to add about the sort of technical specification you are likely to need?

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* 37. Would you expect to pay to use this equipment separately or would you prefer an all-inclusive charge?

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* 38. The Dunedin Repertory Theatre Society has a long and successful history with the Playhouse building. Do you think that the Playhouse building is the right place for children’s theatre in Dunedin? 

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* 39. If not, where do you think would be better?

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