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WELCOME TO OUR 2018 SEASON - From Glenn Terry, Executive Producer
2018 marks our 25th year and it has been quite a journey. When I started Darlinghurst Theatre Company, the idea was simple. It began with a question; how do you create a sustainable professional theatre company where artists can stage the stories they want to tell? For me there is nothing like a passion project, where an artist feels compelled and driven to explore a particular concept and tell a unique story.
In 1993, with the help of some artist friends, Darlinghurst Theatre Company was born at the Wayside Chapel. We revived the disused Wayside Theatre and staged productions there until 1999, when the theatre’s roof was destroyed by a hail storm and the venue was closed. South Sydney Council came to the rescue and we were offered a lease on a community hall in Potts Point. So my brothers and I, with the help of many wonderful supporters, built Darlinghurst Theatre Company’s first venue in 2001; a 111 seat black box theatre, now the Hayes Theatre. For the next 11 years we staged many artist driven productions.
However, the theatre relied largely on artists self-subsidising their work and I was always looking for better ways to resource the productions. In 2008, the City of Sydney, City Projects invited me to inspect what was essentially a derelict church, The Burton Street Tabernacle in Darlinghurst. For many years I had asked City of Sydney if they might have a larger premise for us. I never really expected them to say that they did.
The iconic church was truly in a state of disrepair, but it was a bigger space with magnificent potential. The City of Sydney did an extraordinary job with what is now the Eternity Playhouse. Our company played an instrumental role in its development, collaborating with the City of Sydney on the design of the venue. The renovation took five years, and our company had to raise some serious money for the technical equipment, with the generous support of our community, we got there in the end!
It was at the Eternity Playhouse that Darlinghurst Theatre Company finally arrived. In 2015 we bit the bullet and became a fully-fledged professional theatre company. We developed a unique model for supporting independent artists’ work whereby Darlinghurst Theatre Company fully funds and produces artists’ production concepts, including performers paid at award wages. It was then, with artists free of the burden of self-funding their work, that we could really start to explore the possibilities of what such a theatre company could achieve.
Our 2018 season marks a coming of age for Darlinghurst Theatre Company. It is powerful, passionate and vital artist-driven theatre. An Act Of God by David Javerbaum will launch our 2018 season and it’s about time the 10 commandments got a re-write. Darwin based writer Mary Anne Butler has entrusted us with her wonderful new work The Sound of Waiting, which is the most heart breaking play I have ever read. Writer Hilary Bell and Director Jo Turner combine forces to deliver a new Australian version of Molière’s comedy The Hypochondriac. To help celebrate our 25th year, we will reprise director Stephen Colyer’s wonderful version of Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein, one of our all-time hit shows. Director Sandra Eldridge will direct Caleb Lewis’ Maggie Stone, a play that is very Australia now. We finish 2018 with Love by powerhouse Australian writer Patricia Cornelius, directed by Rachel Chant.
In 2018 we are proudly partnering with Playwriting Australia to present the 2018 National Playwrights Festival and with Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) to present the 2018 Festival Fatale. The Shalom Institute returns for the third consecutive year with the Australian premiere of a Timothy Daly play, and we partner with our friends at Milk Crate Theatre on their production Feast, a site-specific work in Redfern.
A heartfelt thankyou to supporters and artists who have contributed towards our company’s success over the years. We will continue to honour that support and promote and grow opportunities for artists and audiences.
All the best,
Creative Producer & CEO
Founder of Darlinghurst Theatre Company
The DTC Creative Team