by Dylan Stone
A significant funding boost for Theatre 44 this week with news the Stronger Country Communities Fund is handing over $194,643 to improve the iconic theatre’s infrastructure and resources.
John Harris, Chairman of the Broken Hill Repertory Society Inc, said, “this represents a considerable leap forward for Broken Hill to experience improved levels of presentation, comfort and ability in seeing and staging theatrical events.”
For over 60 years, Theatre 44 has operated as the sole purpose-built theatre across the Far West, and exists, says Mr Harris, “on the passion and efforts of the members of its parent organisation, Broken Hill Repertory Society, with minimal resources”.
The funding will be used for the lining and insulation of the stage area, as well as for major equipment and facility upgrades that will bring the community theatre into line with professional theatres across the state.
This funding will allow the theatre’s Repertory Society to enhance its ability to host incoming performance companies, as well as to expand its repertoire of productions and engagement programs locally.
“In being able to cater to professional and non-professional productions in a safe, effective and modern manner, this grant reinforces Theatre 44 as an important cultural resource for the Broken Hill community and our region,” Mr Harris said.
And this Sunday, the Repertory Society will hold its AGM at 4pm at Theatre 44 at 189 Wills St, and Marilyn Harris, the Society Secretary urges those who would like more information to call her on 0413 905 048.