Playlovers theatre group needs new home

Playlovers theatre group needs new home

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 56-year-old hall have also been informed.

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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 A Little 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 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.