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Bus may be moved to its spiritual home

Thursday, 15th August, 2013

A stage show prop from Priscilla: Queen of the Desert could be moved to the Palace Hotel. A stage show prop from Priscilla: Queen of the Desert could be moved to the Palace Hotel.

By Kurtis J Eichler

The bus used in the disco drag musical Priscilla: Queen of the Desert could be moved to the Palace Hotel if it is given the green light by City Council.

The stage show prop - worth an estimated $1 million - has been collecting dust at the Broken Hill Film Studios since its arrival in September.

Director of the 1994 cult film Stephen Elliot gifted the bus to Broken Hill under the condition that it chipped in for half the $20,000 transport costs.

Managing Director of the Palace Hotel, Esther La Rovere, confirmed she submitted an expression of interest for the bus.

“I can confirm that Priscilla Movie director (and I believe bus donor) Stephen Elliott expressed when he was here that he would love the bus to end up at the hotel,” Ms La Rovere said.

The hotel was notably featured in the movie starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrance Stamp and still attracts fans today.

Designs are being drawn up for the bus to be incorporated into the building next to the Palace Hotel that was formerly a Uniting Church book shop.

“We are still undertaking research and design processes on how the bus can be incorporated into the building next door.

“Currently no design ideas have been finalised.”

Ms La Rovere said she was still in talks with City Council about their bid for the bus.

Council’s manager of community development Andrea Roberts said there were a “number” of interested parties being considered.

“Almost half the film was shot here,” Ms Roberts said.

“We really want to find a home for it that is going to add to the community’s experience of the city and also attract tourists and make them stay a bit longer.”

The prop was made for the London leg of the hit stage production.

It is 9.65 metres long, 3.510 metres high and 2.478 metres wide. 

“It’s an icon and a stage within itself,” Ms Roberts said.

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