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DOMINION'S GROWING NEED The growing desire for a national theatre in New Zealand was "discussed by Mr. Mervyn Lusty in an address to the New Women's Club. The theatre, he said, not only trained individuality and self-expres-sion, but fostered group sense, since drama was the only art which could not be practised in solitude. For a national theatre in New Zealand a professional school of drama was necessary, which would include play-writing and the production of a wide range of classical and modern English and foreign plays. A library was essential to provide books of reference, such as plays, p]p»y-sets, musical scores and records ghfing authentic dialect for study. A national theatre, besides encouragir/; initiative, would be an agency for the collection of royalties due to authors. In addition to grants, subsidies, guarantees and donations, the entertainment tax could be used, it was suggested, to finance the theatre, which could be incorporated with a conservatorium of music and could assist the broadcasting service.

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NATIONAL THEATRE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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NATIONAL THEATRE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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