Temporary theatre trial in carpark approved with free transport

AN unused Perth carpark will be converted into a temporary theatre venue between January and March next year.

The City of Vincent approved the application by event managers Strut and Fret Productions, to use the private disused carpark as an event space, at its meeting on December 8.

The company plans to hold four events each year over the course of six to 10 weeks. Its first event is planned for January 22 to March 7, with the tent to be constructed and removed in that time.

Mayor John Carey said someone who was concerned that the events company was trying to use the momentum of Fringe World Festival contacted him before the item came to council.

Mr Carey said he did not see an issue with the company using the momentum of Fringe because it was not a planning consideration.

He said the maximum number of people permitted in the space was ambitious at 630. “I don’t know if you would ever fill that,” Mr Carey said.

The hours of operation will be restricted to Sunday to Thursday, from noon to 10pm, and then on Friday and Saturday, from noon to midnight.

A shortfall of 63 parking bays will be addressed by selling all tickets in a package that includes free public transport.

Council approved the use on a trial basis until December 31 next year.

A Strut and Fret Productions spokeswoman declined to comment on the item until they had worked out all the details.