Theatre group celebrates 85 years

Theatre group celebrates 85 years

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Members of the "Save our Theatre" group Elaine Derieutr, Deb De Boer, Maria Ford, Megan Ford and Linda Moore. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Recent trying times for a local theatre group were put aside last weekend in exchange for a night of celebration and entertainment. 

Past and present members of the Roleystone Theatre came together at the theatre’s temporary home at Roleystone Hall on Saturday night to celebrate the group’s 85th anniversary. 

President Keith Thomas- Wurth said the party was a huge success as a number of life members took to the stage to perform a variety of acts. 

“The anniversary celebrations are a 25-year tradition for the theatre and there is now even more of a reason to continue the tradition when we consider the uncertainty of the building,” he said. 

“There were tables of memorabilia on display including historical documents, costumes, various awards and trophies that the theatre and members have won over the years.” 

Mr Thomas-Wurth said the event was well attended by a mix of life members and present theatre members as well as city councillors and state politicians.

“The Save the Roleystone Theatre group were raising funds on the night and have worked tirelessly on behalf of the Roleystone Theatre by selling badges and t-shirts, as well as dispersing petitions at shopping centres and other public places in support of the theatre,” he said. 

The theatre group will operate out of the Roleystone Hall in the interim and will likely perform at outside venues such as the revitalised Armadale District Hall once it reopens. 

A report regarding the future of the Brookton Highway building will be prepared for council in December. 

Roleystone Theatre members Patricia Bona, Keith Thomas-Wurth and Bree Hartley. Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.