The Ballarat National Theatre
Entertaining Audiences Since 1938
Client: Ballarat National Theatre Company
Length: 12.26 minutes
This short documentary explores the history of the Ballarat National Theatre through the eyes of past and present members and asks why community theatre is relevant today.
The Ballarat National Theatre (BNT) was founded in 1938 and has been putting on live performances continuously since then. This film reflects on the history of the company and the impetus given it by being the first regional branch of Gertrude Johnson’s famous Australian National Theatre Movement. Through the perspective of core members of the BNT community, past and present, we celebrate the significance of this unique company. We revisit the original location of the Little Theatre, a favourite venue from the 1950s to the 1980s, and take a look behind the scenes at the 2013 season of the company at the SMB Courthouse Theatre in Ballarat. As we witness the ongoing commitment of those involved, the film explores what makes community theatre special and makes a case for another 75 years of performances.
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- Written and Produced by:
- Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
- Production Company:
- Wind & Sky Productions
- Directed and Edited by:
- Jary Nemo
- Music by:
- Lucinda Horrocks
- Executive Producers:
- Julian R Oldfield, Wendy Hall and Brian McLelland
- Players (in order of appearance):
- Savannah Clark, Doug Sarah, Sonja Kinnersly, Julian R Oldfield, Mary-Rose McLaren, Hedley Thomson, Katrina Hill, Fergus McLaren, Linda Ogier, Alexandra Meerbach, Christine Holmes, John Daykin, Simon Carroll
- Plays Mentioned or Featured (in order of appearance):
- Mr Pim Passes By, 1940, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1938, Duet for Two Hands, 1948, The Crime at Blossoms, 1947, The Heiress, 1959, Look Back in Anger, 1959, Private Lives, 1959, Come Back Little Sheba, 1962, The Crucible, 1975, Summer of the 17th Doll, 1980, The Chiltern Hundreds, 1963, Long Day’s Journey into Night, 1972, One Boy’s War, 2013, Theft, 2013, Twelve Angry Men, 2013
- Interviews and Research:
- Lucinda Horrocks
- Lighting, Camera and Sound:
- Jary Nemo
- Images courtesy of:
- Gary Hunt, The Australian National Memorial Theatre, The Gold Museum
- ‘One Boy’s War’ excerpts courtesy of:
- Matthew Heenan, Mary-Rose McLaren
- SFX supplied by:
- With thanks to:
- David Battersby, Yvonne Downing, Peter Freund, Elizabeth Hardiman, Katrina Hill, Candice Holloway, Robert McVitty, Peter Nethercote, James McLaren, Claire Muir, Sally Read, Robert Taylor, Paul Tracy, Tim Tracy, Roger Trudgeon, Peter Tulloch, Frank Van Straten, the Australian National Memorial Theatre, Ballarat City Council, the Gold Museum and Federation University. A very special thanks to all members of the Ballarat National Theatre community, past and present.
- Financed by:
- The Ballarat National Theatre Company Inc.
- Distribution License:
- Free to distribute online under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND conditions, all other use requires permission.
- Copyright with:
- © Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd and Ballarat National Theatre Company 2013.
- Dedicated to:
- Julian Oldfield, celebrating his commitment to the Theatre as its longest serving President, from 1999-2013.