building housing the theatre was opened in 1946 by Sir Earle Page as a
"Young Men's Club" and I have been told that the building was the
original South Grafton R.S.L. Club and vacated when it moved to the
present building in Wharf Street.
It was bought by The Pelican Players, an already well established amateur theatre group in 1961. In 1987 at a general meeting it was decided that the name Grafton Theatre Company better identified it within the community and not long after became an incorporated association.
In 1998 the G.T.C. extended the theatre building on the western side to provide a tea room on the ground floor and a area on the upper level to eventually be proper dressing rooms.
The building, whilst not purpose built, is in fact an ideal small theatre. It has tiered seating for 96 people, beautiful acoustics and a good basic 3-phase lighting system as well as a large performance space.
The aims of the G.T.C. is to be an inclusive community based group able to extend to everyone the excitement of the theatre, whether on stage, behind the scenes or in the audience.
A recent addition to the facilities of the theatre has been the installation of air conditioning.
The GTC Committee
|Vice President||Carmel Clemson|
|Artistic Director||Eric Hillas|
|Other Committee Members||