. Theatre Companies
255 Angas Street
ADELAIDE SA 5000
(08) 8227 0505
The Bakehouse Theatre is an intimate, flexible theatre space, with an audience capacity of 98 situated at the east-end of Angas Street in the city of Adelaide. It is around 100 years old and exudes all the charm that goes with that age. Theatre go-ers during the 70's may remember that it was once known as the "Red Shed". On the demise of the Red Shed company it was taken over by its recently retired Artistic Director Peter Green who changed its name to the Bakehouse Theatre to reflect its original origins as a bakery in the 1800's.
This year (2007) Peter Green has handed over the position of Artistic Director of the Bakehouse to Pamela Munt. Pamela is no newcomer to this theatre, having worked with Peter for the past four years and having been involved with all of its many and varied programmes.
With a cut back in funding, the Bakehouse has had to abandon its "Artists Development Programme" and revert to a theatre whose main operations are that of a theatre for hire. However, within this perameter, its preferred mission statement is still to encourage as much as possible, young up and coming professionals and to produce new work from these artists.
In 2008 it has combined this mission statement with its hiring programme. This has resulted in an exciting programme of around 10 shows per year where audience members can always count on seeing something different - whether it be cutting edge drama from emerging South Australian artists or polished performances from interstate professional artists.
The Bakehouse also encourages regular "resident theatre groups" among which is Pamela Munt's Unseen Theatre Company which specialises in the works of Terry Pratchett twice a year, something equally "wacky" (eg. "Men Behaving Badly", "Silly Cow", "Star Trek" send-ups) once a year, and runs the theatre during the Adelaide Fringe.
Patrons of the theatre may rely on encountering a warm, welcoming atmosphere where there is no need to dress up, where they will usually run into someone they know in the industry and where you can even take your drinks into the theatre with you! All in all, the Bakehouse provides a very good reason to get off that TV couch and into live theatre! You just never know what you might see there.