Hall Committee proving popular with high demand for tickets

Published: 07 Mar 2019 1:53pm

Tickets are selling fast for the Civic Theatre’s new production The Hall Committee.

The Hall Committee is an original production from Wagga Wagga City Council’s Civic Theatre and is written by actor and comedian Damian Callinan.

Mr Callinan, whose film The Merger was made in Wagga Wagga, has created the interactive new play based on stories and interviews from local people in various community halls.

This September, the production will transform halls in North Wagga, Oura, Ganmain, Uranquinty, Ladysmith, Downside and Cootamundra into the fictional village of “Rummage South”.

Civic Theatre Manager Carissa Campbell said there has been plenty of interest in The Hall Committee, which will feature both local and Sydney-based actors.

“We’re actively looking at ways we can help foster more local content by working with the local professional theatre industry to develop new works and provide performance opportunities for young and emerging artists,” Ms Campbell said.

“By hosting the play in community halls, we’re also encouraging the audience to get out and see parts of the region they might not have visited before.

“Tickets are currently reserved for residents of each village or town until 29 March before they are released to the general public.

“Locals are encouraged to get in quick so they can see The Hall Committee in their own community as there has been a lot of interest in the play.”

Mr Callinan said the play tells the story of a new Rummage South resident Penny and the stringent hall committee president Brenda, who are at odds over how the rundown hall should be used by the community.

“I spoke with some passionate people who told some fantastic stories. I didn’t need to change much at all … their stories dropped straight into the script,” he said.

“The audiences will have their own hall transformed in front of them as the cast usurp their residing committee to bring this interactive, immersive, hilarious play to life.”

The Hall Committee’s tour of the region is made possible through a $12,000 Community Presenter Touring Grant from Create NSW. For more information on the play, visit civictheatre.com.au.

The Hall Committee

North Wagga Hall
Wednesday 4 September 7.30pm
Thursday 5 September, 7.30pm

Oura Community Hall
Friday 6 September, 7.30pm

Ganmain Hall
Saturday 7 September, 7.30pm

Uranquinty Community Hall
Wednesday 11 September, 7.30pm

Ladysmith Memorial Hall
Thursday 12 September, 7.30pm

The Arts Centre Cootamundra
Friday 13 September, 7.30pm

Downside Hall
Saturday 14 September, 7.30pm