Upgrade to Theatre
Friday, 1st September, 2017
By Emily Roberts
Theatre 44 has become a safer place in which to watch live performances after a much-needed upgrade to a piece of ageing infrastructure.
The theatre’s backstage power board was recently replaced by the BH Repertory Society courtesy of an $8,000 Community Development Program grant from City Council.
A spokeswoman for the society said that the existing board had been added to over the past 50 years and had several portable power boards attached, which were getting dangerous.
“In fact, at a concert last year a heater being used on stage nearly caused an electrical fire,” she said.
“The new board has covered all current necessities and provided room for future extension.
“Additionally there are six banks of four power points to remove the need for power boards.”
The electrical fix hasn’t been the only improvement.
The stage has been unlined for the past 50 years which has meant inside temperatures during winter have been freezing and extremely hot in summer.
When last year’s hailstorm brought about an insurance claim for a new roof, the society decided to install insulation at the same time.
“The cost of this was covered by donations from Broken Hill Y’s Men’s Club, Cristal Mining, and Ken Shutt,” the spokeswoman said.
“So Theatre 44 is looking much better with these improvements on top of the work done by Work for the Dole participants last year.
“The society would like to express its gratitude to all who contributed to this upgrade.”
The theatre is available for hire for any function. Call Marilyn at 0413 905 048 for details.