Theatre is not mov­ing to Freo

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park’s Har­bour Theatre has re­jected mov­ing back to Fre­man­tle and reaf­firmed stay­ing at Mosarts, Lochee Street un­til at least the end of next year.

“We don’t have any is­sues with Mosarts, as it’s a space pro­vid­ing what we need,” Har­bour Theatre pres­i­dent Rob Tagli­a­ferri said.

Har­bour Theatre solved un­cer­tainty about Mosarts’ fu­ture when it be­came the an­chor ten­ant by mov­ing from the port city in April 2014. It is cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing an­other year’s lease.

But 10 days ago it was re­ported the theatre may go back to the port city be­cause it had tech­ni­cal is­sues with its new home.

Mr Tagli­a­ferri said this was in­cor­rect, and the theatre was ”happy” at Mosarts af­ter it had “good feed­back” from pa­trons since seat­ing had been moved at its new home.

He said sign­ing a lease af­ter Oc­to­ber, 2016 could de­pend on the theatre’s an­nual change of lead­er­ship.

Mosarts chair Libby Eus­tance said dur­ing lease talks the theatre had given Mosarts no in­di­ca­tion it may leave soon, but if it did re­place­ments could be found.

“They’ve got their 2016 sea­son and the dates ad­ver­tised, and they’re putting di­rec­tors and casts in place,” Mrs Eus­tance said.

Mosarts venue di­rec­tor Re­nato Fabretti said he was not con­cerned be­cause book­ings at Mosarts were full, with theatre, arts events and pri­vate func­tions, and Mr Tagli­f­erri had emailed him sev­eral days af­ter the re­port say­ing it was not cor­rect.

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