Local theatre group turns 50

Read about Galleon Theatre's 50th anniversary celebrations.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 54 - March 2017.   City Limits 54 front cover photo

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Galleon Theatre Group will bring the curtain up on its 50th birthday celebrations with a performance of David Williamson’s Let the Sunshine at the Marion Cultural Centre in May.

The legendary Australian playwright’s comedy about what happens when people of widely different political views are forced to co-exist will be Galleon’s 89th production since it formed in 1967.

President Kym Clayton, who plays the part of Toby in the upcoming production, said the play was a fitting way to mark Galleon’s 50thanniversary.

"Let the Sunshine is a terrific play that lets our actors and production crew show what they can do," Mr Clayton said.

"At Galleon, we find a place for everyone who is passionate about theatre and stage a wide variety of plays, so there are opportunities for actors well as people who want to volunteer as set builders, stage hands, lighting, and sound operators.

"Amateur theatre is an enjoyable way to build skills and confidence and play a part in tellinggreat stories."

The award-winning amateur company started out at Marino Community Hall on Newland Avenue where it staged 34 shows over 11 years.

In 1978, Galleon shifted productions to Marion’s Pioneer Hall before moving to the Domain Theatre at the Marion Cultural Centre in 2002 where it now stages two shows each year.

Mr Clayton said Galleon’s past members included actress Amber McMahon who now performs with the Sydney Theatre Company and London-based stage manager, Rowan Yates.

Galleon’s production of the play Rumours won the Adelaide Theatre Guide’s award for best comedy in 2016.

Let the Sunshine can be seen at the Marion Cultural Centre’s Domain Theatre from Thursday, May 4 to Saturday, May 13. Tickets are $24 and $20 for concessions.

For more information and bookings visit the Galleon Theatre website.


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