Right: Christian Charisiou who stars in SunPAC’s production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches
It’s good to see new arts venues opening up when so many have been closed or turned into car parks. There’s a new theatre in Sunnybank, just out of the city on the Southside called SunPAC that opened in October last year and is located next door to the Sunnybank Community & Sports Club, 470 McCullough Street, Sunnybank.
Unlike the city theatres there is plenty of parking on site with a free open-air car park, which includes a shuttle to the venue. As well as a new underground paid car park that provides direct access via lift into the foyer.
There’s also the restaurant at the Sunnybank Sports and Community Club next door for a pre-show meal.
I checked out the program for the next few months and it is quite varied with shows for adults and children.
He next one up is Roald Dahl’s The Witches adapted for the stage by David Wood and re-imagined by Lucas Jervies.
When one little boy unwittingly stumbles into the annual meeting of witches, he hears their nasty plan to get rid of all the children in the world – by turning them into mice
Lucas Jervies directs the Roald Dahl classic, with one actor - Christian Charisiou - running amok in a virtuosic physical performance. Recommended for ages 6 and over. It has two performances on Friday 26 May at 6 pm and Saturday 27 May at 11 am
Other shows scheduled are Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story; The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Hypnolicious! A Comedy Hypnosis Treat; Trash Test Dummies.
Archè in July explores the original narrative of Swan Lake and embraces some of the famous classical repertoire. Melbourne Ballet Company director Simon Hoy has structured this work style and has developed a score including music by Tchaikovsky, Einaudi, Morricone, and Elgar.
Blue Love in September combines physical theatre, film and dance, award-winning choreographer Shaun Parker’s Blue Love is a poetic and satirical take on the clichés of pop culture, romance, and suburbia. TV soap meets art-house film, Glenn and Rhonda Flune take the audience on an expedition in search of the perfect relationship.
Then in October is Fine Romance – The Magic of Fred Astaire which will bring back the old-world glamour and charm with toe-tapping tunes and legendary dance routines of the era, A Fine Romance is an all singing, all dancing tribute to the man who went on to become the one of the most famous dancers of all time.
The Theatre has dedicated seating for people who use wheelchairs or have limited or reduced mobility and a lift which assist patrons with mobility difficulties to access the foyer.
The auditorium also has an induction loop in place. Patrons using hearing aids with a 'T' switch are able to use this service. This service is provided on demand.
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