BLOOD, sweat and tears have been poured into establishing a new theatre in Midland, the brainchild of mother and daughter dancing duo Fiona Oliver and Tabetha Vaglivello.
The pair unveiled the Stevenson Theatre on September 29 with bold plans for the future, including the theatre’s transformation into a hub for the Fringe Festival when it returns to Midland in 2018.
Mrs Vaglivello said it had been a hard slog since they launched a dance fitness class at Mahogany Creek Hall in 2003.
“The building where the Midland Dance Studio is today was an absolute dog’s breakfast when we first moved in back in 2014,” she said.
“It was full of rubbish and most of the toilets were broken. But we saw the potential.
“We come from low socio-economic backgrounds and have struggled all our lives.
“But we have sunk our hearts and souls into this place, despite it being hard financially.”
Mrs Vaglivello said the theatre would help revitalise Midland and provide a platform for the swag of talent in the area.
“Midland is really looked down upon,” she said.
“Yet it has so much to offer and now the town is growing, we are starting to attract amazingly popular events such as Fringe.”
Stevenson Theatre will team up with Seventh Avenue and the Robot Bun Factory to form The Pickled Swan, a Midland hub for the Fringe Festival, which comes to Perth in January.