Lit­tle Princess venue found

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Ju­lian Wright

The “home­less” Playlovers theatre group has found a venue for its Oc­to­ber pro­duc­tion of A Lit­tle Princess, but the fu­ture of the group is un­der a dark cloud.

The group was kicked out of Floreat’s Hack­ett Hall in early Septem­ber when the venue was con­demned by the City of Ned­lands.

An al­ter­nate venue was found in Su­bi­aco for the group’s One Act sea­son, but find­ing one for A Lit­tle Princess, which had al­ready been ad­ver­tised and was be­ing re­hearsed, proved dif­fi­cult.

A Playlovers theatre group spokes­woman said the City of Stir­ling was able to pro­vide a space for the pro­duc­tion in In­naloo.

“They (City of Ned­lands) say they cur­rently have no plans specif­i­cally for a per­for­mance fa­cil­ity, and none of their multi-pur­pose com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties could ac­com­mo­date a theatre group as they ei­ther have no stage or no stor­age,” the spokes­woman said.

“They also say the City does not own, nor is aware of, any ware­hous­es­tyle fa­cil­ity that we could con­vert so at this point in time we are not sure about our abil­ity to func­tion next year.”

The spokes­woman said she un­der­stood no de­ci­sion had been made by the City about the fu­ture of Hack­ett Hall.

Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said the City re­gret­ted the clo­sure of Hack­ett Hall.

He said a re­port on the build­ing raised safety con­cerns that needed to be ad­dressed.

Mr Trevaskis said it would take “some time” to con­sider all op­tions, con­sult with the com­mu­nity and user groups, and raise any funds that may be needed.

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