Tait Theatre Productions Melbourne (1965-1983)

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Formed in 1965, they performed their first production at the Victorian Ballet Guild Theatre in Bouverie Street Carlton in 1966. The name of the production was The Party and it was written and directed by William R Bates.

Later that year, they moved to premises at 107 Leicester Street Carlton. taking over the first floor of the BP service station that was located there.

They then set about converting that empty space into a theatre, a task that would take more than five years of hard work until it could be opened to the public in 1972. During that construction time, they performed short plays, potted musicals, revues, ad lib performances, cabaret acts and Jazz nights to raise money for the building project. They also had valuable support from various principal cast and chorus member from some of J C Williamson’s musicals that were being performed in Melbourne at the time. These included, The Great Waltz, Man of La Mancha and Hello Dolly.

More to come . . .

In the meantime, here are some old photographs of some of the people involved in the building process as well some old photos from some of Tait Theatre’s early productions.