Local not-for-profit cultural organisations and artistic teams will have the chance to put their creativity on show in the Reg Murphy Centre’s theatre at Potts Point.
The City of Sydney is asking for expressions of interest in the Greenknowe Avenue performance space.
The current residents, Darlinghurst Theatre Company, are moving into the newly renovated Eternity Playhouse in the coming months, following the City’s $7.9 million refurbishment of the heritage-listed former church.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said finding a new company who could make use of the existing performance venue was a great way to preserve the area’s reputation for creativity and performing arts.
“Sydney is bursting with creativity and fresh new talent and we want to support that at a grassroots level,” the Lord Mayor said.
“The centre has been home to the Darlinghurst Theatre Company since 2001 and they have made Greenknowe Avenue a popular theatre destination.
“We’re grateful that the company will be donating the entire theatre fit-out, including staging, seating, rigging and other equipment that they have built up over their years at Reg Murphy.
“This is a great opportunity for an independent and emerging company to get established, while still making work in an intimate, accessible and affordable environment.”
The expression of interest period is now open and the City is seeking applicants who:
- Show a clear vision for the venue;
- Present a program that showcases independent performing arts; and
- Have a sound knowledge of the cultural sector, financial management and the capacity to engage with the local community.
The deadline to submit expressions of interest is Tuesday 26 March and the required documents can be obtained by registering through the e-tendering portal at tenderlink.com/cityofsydney
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The City conducted research to determine the most effective way of reusing the Reg Murphy Centre’s theatre, which found there was demand for small, intimate spaces that cater to independent artists, musical theatre or cabaret, talks and their audiences.
The Reg Murphy Centre theatre fittings have a fine pedigree as the theatre seats, dressing room mirrors, theatre lighting and bar equipment were salvaged from Her Majesty’s Theatre in 2000, while the list of names that have trod the boards includes Peter Cousens, Ryan Kwanten and Rose Byrne.
The Darlinghurst Theatre Company was originally based at the Wayside Theatre in Kings Cross, but in 1999 the roof was destroyed by hailstones so the company moved into the Reg Murphy Centre.
Darlinghurst Theatre Director Glenn Terry and designer Peter Vassallo spent two years converting the hall inside the community centre into a 100-seat theatre with offices, dressing room, foyer, bar, terrace and a large, open and modern stage.
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