Bunbury Players need help to find new home

BUNBURY Players live theatre performers leader Beryl Wood has appealed to the community for help to secure premises in Gladstone for the performing arts community.

A $50,000 grant is available through Arts Queensland and she has her eyes on the old RSL building at the bottom of Goondoon St.

Ms Wood was devastated to learn dance, theatre and music groups had been priced out of using the Gladstone Convention Entertainment Centre for rehearsals.

But now she is determined to revive performing arts in Gladstone by securing a building which could be used not only for rehearsals but for performances too.

Now she needs the support of businesses and industry giants to secure the RSL building which has been on the market for the last few years.

Ms Wood said the building was up for sale for $1 million and highly suitable as the new home for Gladstone's performing arts community.

"We've put on shows there before and it was wonderful," Ms Wood said.

"It's a truly beautiful building in a perfect position.

"If we can get likeminded groups together; people in dance, theatre, music and drama then there is no reason we can't contribute by fundraising ourselves.

"We could hold one or two shows a week there for as long as it takes to raise the money.

"There are enough people who are very good in the performing arts in Gladstone to keep something like this running."

The RSL sub branch moved out of the building in 1993 when it was bought privately and Ms Wood said while there was plenty of space for visual arts in Gladstone, performing arts had missed out.

"Performing arts is in a poor (state) in Gladstone," she said.

If you can you help apply for a grant or with fundraising, phone Ms Wood on 4978 6594.

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