Ballina Players operates from its own theatre, built in 1984 and continually updated since then.
With theatre-style seating, Players Theatre can manage up to 200 patrons. It traditionally operates with a cabaret set up (tables)Which comfortably accommodates 142 patrons. New members can complete an Application for Membership form – downloadable from APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP – or collected at the theatre. Further information about payment can be found on the Ballina Players website.
History of the Ballina Players Theatre Group
Ballina Players is one of the oldest amateur theatre groups in Australia. In September 1955 Joan Williams called a public meeting to form a theatre group. As a result 12 people attended and the Ballina Players was born. From that humble beginning Players has progressed from play readings, revues and one act plays to three act plays – drama, melodrama and comedy – and the most popular of musicals.
It was not plain sailing right from the beginning, venues had to be found and with the help of a local businessman we obtained the facilities at the Plaza Theatre in river Street for some performances. We also took our plays ‘on the road’, to Woodburn, Lismore, Newrybar, Casino and other venues. Over the years this settled down and we found a semi permanent home in the Masonic Hall in Cherry Street.
Without a permanent home it was necessary to store sets, costumes and other theatrical equipment, bring everything out on the night of the performance and then pack it all away afterwards. It was even harder when we were on the road, transporting everything with us, but we managed in those early days.
In the late 1970’s the search was on for a permanent home and after much lobbying, applications for grants and a great deal of hard work our very own theatre came into being. The Grand opening in November 1984 was a social event in the Ballina Calendar with the staging of the Musical “Anything goes”. Twenty years later we staged the same show as a 20th Theatre Birthday show.