Stage set for theatre lovers

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BLOOD, sweat and tears have been poured into es­tab­lish­ing a new theatre in Mid­land.

BLOOD, sweat and tears have been poured into es­tab­lish­ing a new theatre in Mid­land, the brain­child of mother and daugh­ter danc­ing duo Fiona Oliver and Ta­betha Vagliv­ello.

The pair un­veiled the Steven­son Theatre on Septem­ber 29 with bold plans for the fu­ture, in­clud­ing the theatre’s trans­for­ma­tion into a hub for the Fringe Fes­ti­val when it re­turns to Mid­land in 2018.

Mrs Vagliv­ello said it had been a hard slog since they launched a dance fit­ness class at Ma­hogany Creek Hall in 2003.

“The build­ing where the Mid­land Dance Stu­dio is to­day was an ab­so­lute dog’s break­fast when we first moved in back in 2014,” she said.

“It was full of rub­bish and most of the toi­lets were bro­ken. But we saw the po­ten­tial.

“We come from low so­cioe­co­nomic back­grounds and have strug­gled all our lives.

“But we have sunk our hearts and souls into this place, de­spite it be­ing hard fi­nan­cially.”

Mrs Vagliv­ello said the theatre would help re­vi­talise Mid­land and pro­vide a plat­form for the swag of tal­ent in the area.

“Mid­land is re­ally looked down upon,” she said.

“Yet it has so much to of­fer and now the town is grow­ing, we are start­ing to at­tract amaz­ingly pop­u­lar events such as Fringe.”

Steven­son Theatre will team up with Sev­enth Av­enue and the Ro­bot Bun Fac­tory to form The Pick­led Swan, a Mid­land hub for the Fringe Fes­ti­val, which comes to Perth in Jan­uary.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d474624

Ta­betha Vaglinello and Fiona Oliver.

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