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.
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
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.
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.
Early this year, Philo volunteers are working hard to convert The Hut into a rehearsal space in time for our production of Cabaret (rehearsals commence March 29).
'The Hut' is a property in Fyshwick which Philo owns and uses to house theatre sets, set construction materials and costumes. In the not too distant past, the costume facility operated as a retail business, hiring costumes to other theatre groups, schools, and the general public.
Of late however, The Hut has tended to be used less frequently. During production periods, Philo members and volunteer construct sets for Philo productions, and the cast and production crew raid the costume shed. During bump out after a show (in the early hours of the morning), the cast and crew hastily stack and pile materials in The Hut, eager to head to the after-party. The hut is left vacant until the next production cycle begins again, and as a consequence, The Hut and its contents are not in the state one might prefer.
By converting a portion of The Hut into a rehearsal space, we hope to:
Make better use of existing Philo assets - i.e., 'The Hut' and its contents.
Reduce operating costs by no longer hiring external venues for rehearsals.
Improve access to set and costumes during rehearsals
Our slightly less tangible vision is to use the improved facilities at The Hut to centre and grow the Philo community. We hope that this contributes to improved maintenance and upkeep of The Hut due to increased presence and awareness, as well as enabling better communication between cast, production team, committee and volunteers.