The­atre group needs new home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THE Playlovers com­mu­nity the­atre group was forced to find a new home after seven years when Floreat’s Hack­ett Hall was con­demned.

The City of Ned­lands in­formed the group in late Au­gust it had to re­lo­cate after safety is­sues were iden­ti­fied in an independent struc­tural re­port on the build­ing.

The West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly un­der­stands the fault was with the in­stal­la­tion of tem­po­rary bolts nine years ago that were never re­placed.

Other groups that use the 56year-old hall have also been in­formed.

The news threat­ened to put in jeop­ardy the the­atre group’s One Act sea­son and pro­duc­tion of A Lit­tle Princess, which have been re­hearsed and show dates ad­ver­tised.

Talia Hagon, whose daugh­ter is in A Lit­tle Princess sched­uled to open in eight weeks, said find­ing another venue was prov­ing dif­fi­cult with Christ­mas ap­proach­ing.

A post was made on the Playlovers Facebook page on Au­gust 27 that the One Act sea­son would go ahead at the Su­bi­aco Arts Cen­tre stu­dio the­atre with only a two-night run, with the Satur­day mati­nee be­ing scrapped.

How­ever, the fu­ture of Princess re­mains un­known.

Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said the City re­gret­ted the clo­sure.

“Due to the safety con­cerns raised in the re­port that need to be A Lit­tle ad­dressed, the safety of the com­mu­nity mem­bers who use the build­ing is an im­por­tant con­cern to the City and is a pri­or­ity,” he said.

“Once we re­ceived the re­port, and dis­cussed the im­pli­ca­tions with coun­cil­lors, the City held a meet­ing with Playlovers to no­tify them of the de­ci­sion to im­me­di­ately close the hall.

“We have also li­aised with the group to al­low them ac­cess to safely re­trieve their equip­ment and to sup­port them with find­ing an al­ter­na­tive site.”

Mr Trevaskis said a de­ci­sion had not been made about the long-term fu­ture of Hacket Hall. “It will take some time to thor­oughly con­sider all op­tions, con­sult with the com­mu­nity and user groups on what is needed, and of course to raise any funds that may be needed,” he said.

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