Henry Lawson Theatre

  • Phone: (02) 9673 6666
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    Henry Lawson Theatre
    144 Henry Lawson Avenue
    Werrington Downs, NSW 2747
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The Henry Lawson Theatre is a community based theatre located behind the Henry Lawson Club in Werrington County, Sydney NSW. In early 1969 the author John Upton (at that time the Editor of the Penrith Press newspaper) approached a small group of local people with a proposal to establish a club to promote cultural activities in the Penrith district.The first meeting of the club was held in the Penrith home of Mr. Ron Mulock, the State Member of Parliament. The club was known as the Henry Lawson Club and was reported to have a camera club, a chess club and the Henry Lawson Players.The Henry Lawson Players consisted of people belonging to the W.E.Cuckson social club drama group. W.C.Cucksons was a zipper factory that provided a stage for its workers as well as dance classes. The first play presented was 'The Rape of the Belt' a morality comedy.The second production 'The Bastard Country' opened at the Springwood Civic Centre on the 12th of July 1969. The Players contribution to the Penrith Centenary Celebration in 1971 was the play 'The Cabbage Tree'.The Players performed in local public halls until 'The Shed' was build in 1973. The first production in 'the shed' was 'Hallorans Little Boat' by Thomas Keneally.At that time the local roads existed only as broken lines on a map. A track had to be cut through the undergrowth, by the members, to make this truly a 'shed in the bush'.The first stage of the licensed club was opened by Mr Gough Whitlam on the 16th of July 1976. The licensed club is located at the front of the site fronting Henry Lawson Avenue. The shed is a free standing building behind the licensed club and has been extended several times since it was originally built.The Shed, known as the Henry Lawson Theatre, is now a comfortable 90 seat theatre primarily used by the Henry Lawson Theatre group and the Henry Lawson Camera Club.The Henry Lawson Theatre generally has five productions per year and welcomes anyone interested in taking part in the theatre, on stage, technical or stage management. Training is provided "on the job".Why not come down and join the fun whilst gaining a whole load of wonderful experience in the theatre industry.Phone: 02 9673 6666Mail: PO Box 1000 Penrith NSW 2751E-mail: info@hltheatre.com.auBookings can be made by phone on 4729 1555 BH or 9673 6666 AH.

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