Clink to celebrate 20 years of theatre
THE Clink Theatre will light up the stage next month to celebrate an incredible 20 years.
The historical Clink building has quite a story behind it, one as interesting as the many yarns that have been told on its stage.
Previously the Mossman court house cell block, the building was saved from destruction by the Douglas Theatre Arts Group and transported by road to new foundations on Mowbray St, where it was transformed into a 120-seat theatre which remains a pivotal hub for the local community.
Established in 1970, the Douglas Theatre Arts group has produced, written and directed over 250 independent productions at the Clink Theatre, which was officially opened on November 7, 1992.
The name Clink was derived from its former existence as a jail, with inspiration from the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London which was built near the “Clink”.
Clink Theatre administrator Claire Tierney said the anniversary celebrations were an opportunity to thank everyone who has entered its doors, from the talented locals who have trodden the stage, to the countless locals and visitors alike who have continually attended and supported the theatre over the last 20 years.
“What must be remembered is the amazing effort it took into getting the building here in the first place, and the foresight of those who thought that the building was worth saving,” she said.
“The continued success of the theatre group and the Clink Theatre is down to the immense dedication and commitment from our volunteers and supporters.”
The anniversary celebrations will kick off from November 7-12 with a return to the stage of the theatre’s most popular production, Jack Heywood’s Too Good To Be True.
Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.clinktheatre.com.au.