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SMST members Di Yerbury AO, John Townend AM (Chair)

June 26 2018

Councillors have passed the following motion unanimously in support of saving Marian Street Theatre!

The motion is:

  1. That Council receives and notes the Save Marian St Theatre Committee Business Plan and staff continue to work with the Save Marian St Theatre Committee and the community, in developing plans for the renewal and future management of the Marian St Theatre utilising the detailed Business Plan submitted.
  2. That Council commits to the renewal of the Marian St Theatre, consistent with the recent Council resolution, and bases the renewal on the multi-purpose plan concept.
  3. The Council recognises that within the Save Marian St Theatre Business Plan there is a capital funding model but it also recognises that Council may choose an alternative model.
  4. That Council appoint a Project Steering Committee with an agreed set of skills to be determined.
  5. That work begins on building the revamped Marian St ‘Theatre Plus’ within three years.
  6. That Council acknowledges and thanks the Save Marian St Theatre Committee for the contribution and the significant work that has been undertaken to date.
    Moved: Clr Callum Clark
    Seconded: Mayor Jennifer Anderson

We would like to say a huge thank you to all our Councillors who voted UNANIMOUSLY in favour of Saving Marian St Theatre – in particular Councillors Szatow and Pettett whose amendment was
incorporated into the final motion. Many Councillors spoke brilliantly – a particular shout out to the mentions of Marian St Theatre for Young People by Councillors Citer and Ngai.

Council selects the architects for MST

The architectural firm that will redesign Marian Street Theatre has been revealed – and it’s certainly a high performer in the arts space. Tonkin Zulaikha Greer (TZG), which won the tender in June, 2019, has been involved in cultural projects both in Australia and abroad. Notable achievements include revamping the Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Customs House and the University of NSW Roundhouse in Sydney, refurbishing the National Gallery in Canberra, and designing the Australian War Memorial in London and three successive Australian pavilions at World Expos. But it’s the firm’s experience in designing theatres – particularly for local government – that surely impressed Ku-ring-gai Council the most.

They include:

Eternity Playhouse, Darlinghurst

The Eternity Playhouse was created from the former Burton Street Baptist Church (1887- 1996), which was the source of inspiration for Arthur Stace, who chalked ‘Eternity’ on Sydney streets for more than 30 years. Now owned by the City of Sydney, the building has been transformed into an intimate 200-seat theatre specialising in new drama.



Carriageworks, Eveleigh

This is where Sydney’s train carriages were once built and repaired. It now contains three flexible theatre spaces, rehearsal rooms, offices and workshop spaces. Bay 17, the biggest performance space, has been redesigned for experimental and physical theatre, with a portion of the original wrought iron frames roof removed and reused as a sculptural entry structure.

Perspective of re-developed plan for Marian Street Theatre