Clink to cel­e­brate 20 years of the­atre

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

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.clink­the­

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