Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, Virginia Judge, has announced that the State Government will make an $80,000 contribution to Griffin Theatre’s 30th anniversary capital appeal.
Speaking at the theatre’s anniversary celebrations, Ms Judge said the grant would improve facilities at the SBW Stables Theatre in Darlinghurst.
“I congratulate Griffin on its longevity, its diligence and its inspiring achievements during its 30 years of service to the theatre in this city and this state,” Ms Judge said.
“For three decades, it has produced many talented actors, directors, playwrights and crew which this country is rightly proud of.
“Griffin is using its 30th anniversary to drive a major fundraising campaign, aimed at sourcing some $1 million to make capital improvements to the Stables Theatre.”
Chairman of the Board of Griffin, Michael Bradley said he was delighted with the State Government’s backing for the project.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the NSW Government’s generous contribution to our Capital Campaign,” Mr Bradley said.
“This grant will go a long way towards enabling us to carry out the much-needed renovations and improve the comfort of our audiences.
“We are delighted the Government is continuing to support us in that journey.”
Ms Judge said the much-loved aesthetic of the theatre will be retained, with the finished building integrating the current exposed brickwork, concrete flooring and recycled timber.
“The exterior of both the theatre and the adjoining terrace will be restored, there will be renovations to the foyer and more comfortable seating in the auditorium.
“Actors crew will also benefit from new technical facilities and upgraded dressing rooms.”
Ms Judge said she was proud the Rees Government was playing its role in Griffin’s future development.
“Since John Bell and Ken Horler founded Nimrod Theatre Company here in 1970, this theatre has been a hub of experimentation,” Ms Judge said.
“Since 1979, Griffin has maintained this initiative, presenting new work by writers such as Alex Buzo, Bob Ellis, Michael Gow, Peter Kenna and David Williamson.
“The State Government’s pledge means that Griffin has so far achieved some $621,000 of its million dollar goal, with works to be performed over three years.”