Plans are underway for the fit out of a brand new theatre space in the parish hall of St Joseph’s Rozelle, to be occupied by the Genesian Theatre Company upon completion in mid 2021.
“We are so pleased to have found a great new venue so close by that will be easy for our many loyal patrons to attend – and we are also keen to attract locals from the Rozelle area and offer them our tradition of high quality productions at an affordable price,” said Barry Nielsen, Genesian Theatre Director.
Regarded as Sydney’s Unique Little Theatre, the Genesian Theatre Company was formed by the Sydney Catholic Youth Organisation in 1944 and named in honour of Saint Genesius, the patron saint of actors. Utiliing a number of venues between 1945 and 1954, the Company has occupied the current site since 1954.
The heritage listed building was originally St John’s Church, and dates from 1868. It served as both a church and a poor school until 1932 when it became the Kursaal Theatre, housing the Sydney Repertory Company. In 1938 it became the first Matthew Talbot Hostel.
Presenting a season of six shows a year, Genesian Theatre Company alumni have included Bryan Brown, Baz Luhrmann, Nick Enright, Judi Farr, Peter Carroll and John Bell amongst others.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, who own the building, advised the Company in 2017 that it had entered into a contract of sale for the historic premises in Kent Street.
“Although conditions don’t appear right just yet for us to recommence performances we hope to return to the Kent St stage soon for a last curtain call or two before we embark on our new adventure in mid 2021!” said Nielsen. “Watch out for an announcement of performance dates soon.”
“We look forward to showing you to your seat in the new Rozelle home of Sydney’s “unique little theatre” for many years to come as we keep the flickering light alive!”
For more information about Genesian Theatre Company, visit: www.genesiantheatre.com.au for details.
Image: The Genesian Theatre on Kent Street, Sydney