The Belvoir St Theatre is a Sydney institution. This year it will celebrate twenty years of it’s Unwaged Performances Program which invites keen theatre goers to matinees, free of charge. (Source)
The play bill for 2014 at the Belvoir St Theatre has been impressive. Just last month, director Eamon Flack offered audiences his take on the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, showcasing the talent of Luke Mullins (Angels in America) and Australian tour de force Pamela Rabe. In the coming months, audiences will be drawn into a Dickensian Christmas with Anne-Louise Sark’s direction of A Christmas Carol which promises to put a modern spin on the classic tale of second chances, and finding joy in each little corner of the world.
But the theatre is certainly not cheap. Belvoir has enjoyed a rich history of community connections and for twenty years now, has invited members of the public to come for a free Thursday matinee. This is all part of the theatre’s Community Access Program which aims to bring Australian theatre to everybody, regardless of age, financial constraints or physical location.
Rose Riley and Pamela Rabe in ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (Source)
While concessions and pensioners are welcomed frequently at a little under the normal cost, it’s good to know that everybody can come to the theatre if they stay in the Belvoir loop. There is a full house of 320 seats for the taking in the Upstairs theatre but the keen ones had better get in there fast as these Unwaged Performances have a history of long lines of enthusiastic audiences weaving out the door and down the street.
These performances are just a fragment of the Belvoir community experience. Local groups and charities are frequently invited to apply for the Charitable Tickets Program which helps to fill the theatre with audiences who wouldn’t normally have access to it.
Australian theatre at its finest, the Belvoir St Theatre is bringing theatre to all those who want it.
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