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Mousetrap Theatre Company Finds Temporary New Home

Story: Alyssa Mackay | Photo: Pete Johnson
Published On : Jan 21, 2024
Mousetrap Theatre Company Finds Temporary New Home
There’s some good news for Mousetrap Theatre Company, who have found a temporary new home at the Sutton Centre in Redcliffe.

The community theatre group’s original building at Redcliffe Showgrounds was recently closed by the City of Moreton Bay due to structural issues.

Mousetrap Theatre Company president Karen Matthews said the interim location at the Sutton Centre had many benefits.

“Being central to the Redcliffe business district will give us a much more visible presence,” Karen said. “The building is easy to find, with good parking and street access. There is (also) potential to form links with nearby businesses for joint promotion.”

The decision to find a new home was made in mid-2022 following an assessment by Council, which found the required rectification works on the Redcliffe Showgrounds building to be too extensive and costly. This closure marked the end of an era for Mousetrap, who had been based there since 1967.

Karen said the experience was like moving out of the family home, or losing an old friend.

“Losing a theatre of over 60 years is obviously upsetting,” she said. “We have members who have grown up at Mousetrap, who have brought along their children and grandchildren and performed on stage together.”

The theatre company attended community council meetings and created a petition, receiving more than 1600 signatures online and more than 1000 on paper.

City of Moreton Bay announced late last year that they would lease part of the Sutton Centre at 157 Sutton Street to Mousetrap for a five-year period.

No timeline has been announced for the company’s move to the Sutton Centre, with maintenance and upgrades required before the venue can accommodate performances. In the meantime, Mousetrap has been using the John Naumann Hall in Deception Bay for their performances.

“We will be moving the contents of our current building to The Sutton Centre for storage in the next month or two but we won’t be open to the public for performances for several months, at least,” Karen said.

“Our audiences have been very supportive and understanding of the circumstances, and our directors and casts have adapted their approach to make the venue work. It is in no way ideal, but we’re managing and keeping our theatre alive. Theatre people are adaptable.”

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