A 20 year decline in performance spaces for small independent theatre companies was reversed this week when Council voted to keep the Reg Murphy Centre in Greenknowe Avenue as a theatre.
The decision confirms Sydney's inner east as a new alternative hub for theatre, with the Darlinghurst Theatre and soon to be opened Burton Street Tabernacle joining SBW Stables Theatre, the Cell Block Theatre and the Old Fitzroy Theatre.
Our decision to keep Reg Murphy as a theatre aims to reverse the significant loss of small theatres in inner Sydney over the past 20 years and responds to many requests from local residents and people within Sydney's theatre community to retain the theatre.
Small theatres give new and emerging actors, directors, writers and designers room to show off their talents and established theatre makers space to experiment and take risks.
The 100 seat theatre at the Reginald Murphy Centre, Kings Cross, was opened by Darlinghurst Theatre Company a decade ago.
In early 2013, the Company will move to a new 200 seat theatre being built by the City in the former Burton Street Tabernacle. Designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, the team responsible for designing Paddington Reservoir Gardens and Carriageworks, the new theatre will be an exciting addition to the City's performing arts infrastructure.
The most appropriate management model for a theatre in the Reginald Murphy Centre will now be investigated by the City.
My Lord Mayor Minute: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council