The City of Sydney’s support for grassroots culture has helped a fledgling Pyrmont theatre group grow into a star act.
The Pyrmont Players, which began in January, has grown to more than 20 members and is on the lookout for more actors, set designers, costume makers and stage managers to join their troupe.
The community theatre group was born after Roberta Mears put up posters around her local area seeking like-minded individuals to join a new drama club.
Now the players tread the boards each Thursday night at the Pyrmont Community Centre and are preparing to put on a small end-of-year production of 1920s comedy A Jolly Sinister Jape, by Elliot Strange.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the Pyrmont Players was a great example of residents coming together to use the City’s community centres at night.
“It’s terrific to see locals with a love of theatre get together in hall at our Pyrmont Community Centre,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Our centres and libraries belong to the local community, so it’s great to see the hall helping start new creative projects for the community.
“We’re working hard to encourage more creative and cultural activities in the city, especially after dark, so this is a very promising development.”
The City is currently asking Sydneysiders to share their ideas on ways to encourage more cultural activities, like the Pyrmont Players, to feed into our first-ever cultural policy. Visit sydneyyoursay.com.au to submit your ideas.
Long-term Pyrmont resident Roberta Mears is a member of the Friends of Pyrmont Community Centre and saw the potential to set up a fun, friendly, non-threatening theatre club for local residents.
“I put up a couple of fliers around Pyrmont and they got a lot of interest, so on our first night we had 23 people attend,” Ms Mears said.
“We’re attracting people of all ages, and it’s a wonderful way to a have a little bit of fun and connect with the community.”
The weekly group has so far undertaken workshops with character actor John Samaha, improvisation and drama exercises, as well as character development practice.
Pyrmont resident Jane Sutherland attended the first meet-up and has stuck with the Pyrmont Players because she enjoys new challenges and meeting new people.
“I’ve met people who live in Pyrmont that I wouldn’t normally have met and it’s good to meet people who are your neighbours and have a common goal,” Ms Sutherland said.
The Pyrmont Players are seeking more potential actors, lighting technicians, set designers, costume makers and theatre lovers to join their troupe. Membership is free. Contact Ms Mears on 0405 730 073 for more details.
The Pyrmont Community Centre hosts a range of community events including seniors groups, community dinners, book clubs, chess matches and card-playing competitions.
The City operates six community centres that offer a range of services and programs tailored to each area’s needs and open to residents, workers and visitors to Sydney. The City also has 26 community venues, which members of the community can hire to hold their own events, meetings and activities.
Pyrmont Community Centre
Corner of John and Mount streets, Pyrmont. Tel: 02 9298 3134.
Juanita Nielsen Community Centre
Corner of Nicholson and Dowling streets, Woolloomooloo. Tel: 02 8374 6323.
King George V Recreation Centre
3 Cumberland Street, The Rocks. Tel: 02 9244 3600.
Redfern Community Centre
29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern. Tel: 02 9288 5713.
Surry Hills Community Centre
405 Crown Street, Surry Hills. Tel: 02 9356 4977.
Ultimo Community Centre
40 William Henry Street, Ultimo. Tel: 02 9298 3111.
For more information, visit cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/community/community-services/
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