The Hole in the Wall Theatre

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The Hole in the Wall Theatre was a theatre in Subiaco, Western Australia, that was home to performances from 1984 to 2003. In 2005 it was refurbished and renamed the Subiaco Theatre Centre.[1]

History[edit]

The original Hole in the Wall Theatre was established in 1965 in Newcastle Street, Perth by Frank Baden-Powell and John Gill. In August 1968 the Hole in the Wall was relocated to a converted warehouse in Southport Street, Leederville.[2] In 1984 the theatre moved to the new Subiaco Theatre Centre, part of the Subiaco Civic Hall. Its first show there was on 4 August.[3] The new theatre building in Subiaco was designed by Perth architect Peter Parkinson. His other projects include the Octagon and Dolphin theatres at the University of Western Australia.[1]

Hole in the Wall artistic director Raymond Omodei told ABC TV’s Stateline in 2006 that the Hall’s unique corner stage, while criticised by some directors, is still one of the best. “It's a very demanding space, but Joan Sydney, Amanda Muggleton and the very lovely Jill Perryman has each said this is the best space for a performer in the country. In my last year here we played to 89,000 people. We had great success here,” he said.[1]

In an assessment of the Centre, the Heritage Council of Western Australia said the building was “…significant in displaying aesthetic qualities of the Post-War International style. The formality and rhythm created by the articulated structure are balanced by the interest provided in contrasting materials”.[3]

In 1987 Omodei directed Richard Dillane as Hamlet and in 1991 a production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the Theatre starred Greta Scacchi as Nora, Michael Loney as Torvald Helmer, Andrew Warwick as Dr Rank and Anni Murtagh-Monks as Kristine Linde.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The old Subiaco Theatre's multi-million dollar makeover". Stateline. ABC TV. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  2. ^ "Coralie Condon's 97th Birthday Party". WA TV History. 3 Jun 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Register of Heritage Places – Assessment Documentation: Subiaco Theatre Centre" (PDF). Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  4. ^ "The Hole in the Wall Theatre / Festival of Perth". ibsen.nb.no. Retrieved 2008-10-23.