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There's a change in the air ...

This is the last month I will be writing the newsletter before I head off to Perth to start my maternity leave, leaving the theatre in the very capable hands of Ben. I hope you enjoy everything we have in store for you over the coming months and know that I will be back in 2017!

What is in this month's newsletter:

  • The Cummins Theatre Office has moved
  • August Performances:
    • Shadowboxing
    • Oddysea
  • Daytime at the theatre - upcoming events
  • Theatre managers report
If you haven't yet checked out our website have a peek and tell us what you think www.cumminstheatre.com.au

The Cummins Theatre Office Has Moved!

We had a big day of moving yesterday (well really the boys did all the moving and I just pointed at things) with the Cummins Theatre Office moving approximately 10metres to the right of its past location...that's right. The office has moved from the large shop front to the small shop front at the theatre.

The move came about after community consultation where members expressed a desire to enter the theatre through the front doors rather than through the Tivoli Room, especially for smaller events. By moving the office we now have a large space that can be utilised as a foyer for these events, and an office which is more accessible by the general public.

Things are still in a little bit of a mess but hopefully this will all be sorted out within the next few weeks. In the meantime do drop by the theatre to see the changes. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!


Presented by Black Swan Theatre Company, Shadowboxing explores the journey of two characters, Cat and Benj, who are at a party. But as the party becomes less appealing, Benj escapes to the co-existing world of Shadow, a limitless place filled with possibility and hope. In Shadow he is free to be another version of himself. In Shadow he has friends and freedom to be. In Shadow he feels more at ease with himself than in reality.

We live in a world where we are constantly building personas and grooming our identities to present on the social media stage. Shadowboxing challenges the notion of identity, friendship and the balance of truth and make-believe. It explores the stories we tell, lies, honesty and dishonesty. What happens when we define ourselves by the opinions of others, rather than who we really are? In creating a persona, how long until the real you disappears into the myth?

Shadowboxing is a new work written by and featuring local Perth writer and performer Ella Hetherington. This is the second production created by Black Swan to specifically tour to schools and regional Western Australia.

When? Wednesday August 10th 2016
Where? Cummins Theatre, Merredin
Time? Doors open at 10:30am with the show commencing at 11am (runs approximately 60mins)
Cost? $3 students and concession / $5 adults

This event has been made possible thanks to Lotterywest Grants, The West Australian Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and the Shire of Merredin.

For more information please visit: http://www.cumminstheatre.com.au/event/shadowboxing/


Join Crab and Turtle for this fun-filled immersive journey into an undersea world, designed especially for children with special needs.

Set in a beautiful ocean installation, there’s plenty for your child to see, hear, smell, touch and taste as the story unfolds around them.

Sensorium Theatre create amazing experiences that cater for all children’s needs, taking the whole family on an exciting journey beneath the sea!

Don’t forget to pack a towel!

Is this for my child? The performance is suitable for children aged 5 – 8 years with special needs including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing issues or impairments, intellectual disabilities, global development delay, cerebral palsy and other special needs.

When – Saturday August 20th at 10am and 12:30pm

Running Time – Approximately 60mins

Tickets – Tickets purchased online are $20 per person. Subsidised tickets are available through the theatre for companion card holders, or children with disabilities. If you believe you are eligible to a subsidised ticket please contact the theatre on (08) 9041 3295 or cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au.

This performance at the Cummins Theatre has been made possible thanks to the support of Lotterywest Grants and the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts.


Did you know you can also visit the theatre during the day?

TOURS - Tours of the historic Cummins Theatre can be tailored to your interests and can be a simple look and see, or a fully guided tour pointing out the historical aspects of the theatre along with anecdotes and a few ghost stories for good measure. All tours are free however, donations are welcome with all funds being donated to the upkeep of this historic venue. To book a tour visit the theatre during office hours or call (08) 9041 3295.

DAYTIME EVENTS - After public demand the Cummins Theatre has introduced a series of daytime performances and concerts. Upcoming events include:
- Shadowboxing on August 10th at 11am
- In A Dark, Dark Wood on October 13th at 10:30am and 1:30pm
- Michael Griffiths Cole on October 22nd at 12pm

Venue Manager's Report

It's my last month at the theatre before I begin my maternity leave and hand the reigns over to Ben. It's a little bit scary, a little bit exciting, and a little bit amazing, but then I think that's the way things are supposed to be.

The next month is shaping up to be my busiest yet with multiple schools shows, community events, and of course the ongoing joy that is grant applications, those wonderful things that help to keep the theatre doors open.

I was also thrilled to recently watch the Helpmann Awards, Australia's highest awards for live performance. In particular I'd like to extend my congratulations to Michael Griffiths who took out the Best Cabaret Performer category with his performance of the show Cole, which is coming to the Cummins Theatre in October this year. Another wonderful result came from Perth based company Barking Gecko Theatre Company who won the award for Best Children's Presentation. Barking Gecko are also performing at the Cummins Theatre later this year with their show In A Dark Dark Wood. Finally of course an honorable mention to Sensorium Theatre who were nominated for Oddysea, also in the Best Children's Presentation category. We will be seeing the Sensorium team perform Oddysea at the theatre in the coming weeks. I hope we can continue to support quality Australian work at the Cummins Theatre.

That's it for now...I'm sure there was more to say but it turns out baby brain is actually a thing (who knew!). Keep an eye on Facebook for other announcements as they arise, check out the website, or pop into the theatre for a chat!
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