March 23 Update

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It's been a while since our last post here on the renovation progress but work has nonetheless been underway. We've had helpers out on Sat March 9, Sat/Sun March 15-16 and this past weekend March 23-24.

Work completed since the last update:

  • The rehearsal room floor is complete - cracks sanded and varnish applied.
  • Gutters have been reattached and rejoined. Drainage issues fixed, fingers crossed.
  • Doors painted.
  • New wall separating kitchen/foyer from costume space - completed with paint and new sliding door.
  • Covered leaking demountable roof with tarp
  • Poisoned blackberry regrowth
  • Scrap metal stacked into skip, ready for collection along with old trailer and the car from Grease.
  • Costume sorting continues - both making space for the foyer/kitchen and sorting surplus items for the sale.

Look forward to officially opening the rehearsal room at our AGM on Wednesday.

March 22-23

March 15-16

Wardrobe Sale

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As part of our renovation and clean up work, we are sorting through our wardrobe collection and identifying those items which are excess to requirements. You can help us out by attending our costume sale! Items on sale will include costumes, vintage style clothes, military uniforms*, shoes, hats, and even wedding dresses.

Where?       At the Wardrobe, 18 Collie Street Fyshwick ACT

When?        Saturday, 12 April 2014 10am – 4pm

Payments in cash only. ATMs are available nearby. Please contact with any queries. 

Wardrobe

March 1 and 2

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Great progress this weekend on laying down all the floorboards, and completing door installations to the adjoining spaces. Next weekend we'll be out again, sealing the floor and affixing the oak skirting board we got here, amongst other things.

Thanks everyone who was able to come out and help. If you’re able to spare some time next weekend, get in touch with us via

Blackberries

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We've been having some drainage issues, with water seeping into the costume room during last Tuesday's heavy rains. To investigate and fix required access to the far side of the block. One large blackberry thicket stood in our way.

After many scratches, two trailer loads of rubbish and one broken pair of hedge clippers, we made it through to the other side. We don't think anyone has visited that side of the block for 20 years.

Blackberry removal

February 22 and 23

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Update and photos from this weekend. Thanks everyone who was able to come out and help. If you’re able to spare some time next weekend, get in touch with us via

Work Completed

  • Completed installation of new fluorescent lights. Old lights removed
  • Removed blackberry from southern end of block
  • Removed dirt and weeds from drainage area along eastern side
  • Cut and glued floor joists
  • Laid first few floorboards
  • Finished painting walls
  • Cleared more space in costume room

Work for next week

  • Finish flooring
  • Fix guttering
  • Continue to make space in costume room

Cast of Cabaret 2014

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Philo is proud to announce our fabulous cast for Cabaret 2014.

Principal Roles

Emcee: Angel Dolejsi
Sally Bowles: Kelly Roberts
Cliff Bradshaw: Matt Chardon O’Dea
Frauline Schneider: Ros Engledow
Herr Schultz: Ian Croker
Ernst Ludwig: Dave Smith
Frauline Kost: Kitty McGarry

Ensemble

Emily Appleton
Hannah Carey
Beth Deer
Adele Haussmann
Kirsten Haussmann
Amelia Juniper-Grey
Hannah McFadden
Carly Savona
Emma Tattam
Fiona Tregoning

Ian Bartlett
Nick Beecher
Hayden Crosweller
Peter Karmel
Rhys Madigan
John Potter
David Shannon
Ben Trabinger
Jake Willis

February 18-19

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A huge weekend out at The Hut and some really good progress made. Thanks to everyone who was able to come along and help.

Work completed this weekend:

  • Finally finished the plastering! Covered all walls with at least one coat of paint.
  • Deconstructed the towers from Les Mis set
  • Filled a HUGE rubbish skip to the brim
  • Removed blackberry from northern corner of block.

Work started but not finished:

  • Removed most rubbish from yard
  • Initial drainage inspection and gutter clean
  • Installation of new fluorescent lights

New work planned for next weekend:

  • Finish painting walls
  • Start installing flooring
  • Remove blackberry bush (southern fence)

If you're able to spend some time helping Philo next weekend, get in touch with us via

Flickr Photostream

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This year we're making an effort to collect more photos. You can follow them as they come in below & see more on our Flickr page.

Early Progress

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Over the past three weekends, Philo volunteers (committee, members, & friends) have been working hard to get the rehearsal space ready. So far, we've:

  • Cleared out the costume ante-room and the carpenter's workshop
  • Removed the dividing wall between these spaces
  • Hung a new set of doors
  • Added insulation and plasterboard to the walls

Still to come in following weekends:

  • Finishing plastering, then paint the walls
  • Lay down a floor

In parallel to these activities, there's also a major cleanup happening in the costume space. Further details to follow.

You can follow our progress in photos via our Flickr account. Of course, we'd always love more help - if you have some spare time to contribute, get in touch with us via .

Checking that the door fits

Planning the Rehearsal Space

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Creating a rehearsal space at The Hut will involve clearing the existing space in the middle shed (including a dividing wall), insulating, replastering and installing a floor.

The plans below (thanks to Pete Karmel) show the planned rehearsal space (centre) with the costume area to the left. The demountable to the right is filled with many curious items - we hope to one day clear these and create an office space.

Hut Plan - Front View

Hut Plan - Top View