1920 building formerly known as Victory Theatre located in Melbourne's beach side tourist precinct of St Kilda. Converted to 783 seat proscenium arch theatre by National Theatre Movement 1972-74. Popular community arts venue as well as for commercial acts (Steeleye Span, John Williamson,Evermore) and musicals (RENT, PARIS, LES MISERABLES, MERRY WIDOW etc)New Sound System installed 2005/06, handicapped access 2003, extended dressing room facilities 2006 and extra dimmers 2005. 23 fly lines (counter-weight). Stage area 12.19m x 27.43m. Proscenium opening 10.66m, wings 4.57m both sides. Pit depth 2.12m, pit area 69.67 squ m. Film projection 16mm and 35mm
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National Theatre Drama School and National Theatre Ballet School are located in studios beneath the main stage in the former stalls area.
Company established in December 1935
Melways Map 58 B10
A play rehearsal is interrupted by the arrival of a divided family who have been abandoned by their creator and are seeking an author, ‘any author’, to give them a ‘definitive artistic form’ so their stories may be staged. While the first performance of Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author to a Rome audience in May 1921 was almost booed off the stage it has gone on to have many successful seasons and is still a major part of the theatrical repertoire. The play, in part, is Pirandello’s attack on the Italian theatre of the time, with its actor-managers and star-systems, its stock characterisations, and its standard repertoire of romantic melodramas. However, it is a play on many levels. It raises questions about the nature of reality, of what constitutes identity, and how we can gauge what is truth. On another level it is a hysterical romantic melodrama about a warring family who live out their emotions on the skin. And, it is also a deeply tragic revenge narrative – a tale of betrayal, adultery, suicide and death. Students enrolled in theatre studies at UWA present this very physical, at times comedic, and often provocatively philosophical play, virtually uncut and unlike many productions we choose not to attempt to modernise it into the contemporary world of electronic media.