Cheryl Threadgold will discuss the historical and socio-cultural significance of amateur theatre in Victoria, from early Australian colonial theatre to today’s vibrant theatrical arts sector. Currently, more than 100 musical and non-musical amateur theatre companies operate in Victorian regional and metropolitan areas.
Since 2005, Cheryl has been the honorary theatre writer/reviewer/review coordinator for the Melbourne Observer newspaper, and presented the non-professional theatre report on 3AW for six and a half years. She convenes the Bayside U3A Writers’ Discussion Group, encouraging mature-age writers to explore their full creative potential, and writes/directs radio plays for broadcast on 88.3 Southern FM.
Personal involvement in amateur theatre commenced in 1958 in a play titled A Must For Dolly, directed by J. Beresford Fowler at the Arrow Theatre. More recent activities include performing, directing, choreographing, writing full-length productions and short plays, publicity, adjudicating, committee and front-of-house.
A love of amateur theatre inspired Cheryl to undertake a PhD research project with Swinburne University of Technology to explore the history and culture of the arts sector in Victoria. She hopes the project will give amateur theatre a presence in cultural history records.
All are welcome. Entry is free, however bookings are required.
Theatre Heritage Australia in association with Arts Centre Melbourne presents
Cheryl Threadgold OAM
3pm, Saturday 17 November 2018
The Channel, Arts Centre Melbourne**
Entry is FREE! but bookings are required
Box Office 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Telephone 1300 182 183 (Mon-Sat 9am–8:30pm)
** The Channel is located on the River Terrace between St Kilda Road an Southgate (next to Fatto Restaurant)