History

Early history from historical documents and the minute books:

Walch’s Almanac for 1891 records the existence of an Ulverstone dramatic club and a Mr C Dawson as the Secretary.
In the 1920’s the Crystal Theatre was built in King Edward Street. After the Second World War the building was purchased by the RSL. However it continued as a performance venue.

In 1949 a group of interested people including Dorothy Wilkinson, Helen Andrews, Lola Hazzlewood and William Oughton decided there was a need to form a formal theatre group. Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society was born and Mr William Oughton took on the role of President and Miss Helen Andrews became the Secretary.

The first production was in 1949, this was A A Milne’s ‘Dover Road’, which was produced by Dorothy Wilkinson. The play centred around the Dover Road that leads to the boats leaving for the continent. A popular road for run away couples. A millionaire decides to put a ‘spoke in the wheel’ and enforce a sojourn in his home to examine the motives for leaving the country.

The Society’s second production of three one-act plays in March 1950 was staged at the Ulvertstone RSL. Allan Monkhouse’s comedy, ‘The Grand Cham’s Diamond’ with a cast of five. Ada Snare, Stella Chillcott, W.D. Oughton, Edward Benham, and Albert Grylls, the play was produced by Miss Helen Andrews. ‘The Twelve Pound Look’ by E.M. Barry was produced by Dorothy Wilkinson with Jean Mason, Graham Smith, Lola Hazzlewood and Max Tate. The third play was ‘The Master Key’ by Wilfred Massey and performed by Burnie Little Theatre. The Advocate reported that there was a large appreciative audience and that Lola Hazzlewood’s performance was the highlight of the evening and she was ‘good to watch’.

In September 1950 a cast of eight performed ‘Fly Away Peter’ produced by Dorothy Wilkinson. The cast included Jean Skipworth, Valda Wright, Edward Banham, Bert Hazzlewood, Ian Hardy, William Oughton and Mr Goddard.

1951 The Inconstant Moon Helen Andrews
The Phantom Ship Pat Beckett
The Rising of the Moon Lola Hazzlewood
That’s Murder Helga walker
This was followed by the a world premiership of ‘Crisis for the Chrysalis’ A play written by Miss Phyllis Brooks and performed in the RSL in April 1952. The Play was performed for Back to Ulverstone Week and was a typical centenary play. It was Produced by Helga Walker with Lola Hazzlewood, Mary Churcher-Wells, Helga Walker, Jean Stephens, Helen Andrews, William Oughton, Mary Lee, Max Tate and Merv Walker in the cast. Following the premiership the play was performed by the Muswell Hill Dramatic Club of London.

NORTH WEST TASMANIA’S
ULVERSTONE REPERTORY THEATRE SOCIETY

In the 1940’s a few theatrically minded residents of Ulverstone, north west Tasmania, met together and rehearsed a couple of one act plays and performed them at the Leven Theatre in Ulverstone. This group continued to meet for play reading evenings. The earliest records show that The Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society staged their first full play “Dover Road” in 1949. The Society continued to stage productions throughout the 1950’s and 60’s. However, in the late 1960s the Leven Theatre was pulled down to make way for a “New Coles” store with a promise of a “new theatre” to be built as part of a new Civic Centre complex . Without a stage to perform on the society struggled with a few stalwarts running play readings, poetry evenings and performing in other towns. As the society membership grew the group began performing plays on the Ulverstone High School stage. The last play for this era was ‘Brush With a Body’ performed in 1976. The society disbanded when the current director went to England and for a couple of years the only productions were staged by a youth group.

Thanks to the efforts of a few past members, 21 people turned out for the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society’s Annual General Meeting in January 1979 and the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society reformed with some past members such as Pat and Ted Talbot, Edna Wilcox, Alan Stott, Trevor Frampton and Pene Day, joining them was Pauline Hockley who brought along a youth group interested in theatre.

The society began to perform again and staged ten productions in the Ulverstone High School hall between 1979 and 1983. These included such classics as “Summer of the Seventeenth Doll” and Toad of Toad Hall”. In 1983 the new Civic Centre was completed and included the long awaited new Theatre. Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society’s first production in the Leven Theatre was “Tom Jones”. Since that first production the society has produced pantomimes, children’s stories, theatre restaurants, comedies and straight plays, a total of 69 productions have been performed over the last 26 years since the society reformed.

The Society y members have had great fun and success with their productions, they have a large following of patrons and often full houses

LEN BOULTON MEMORIAL FOR SET BUILDING

In creating this award Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society honour the memory of Life Member Len Boulton, set builder and benefactor to our society.

Congratulations            Joy Wools-Cobb.

This is a well-earned award that recognises your talent and commitment to our society and set construction in particular over the last 4 years.

Len Boulton had an interesting history and these are some of the highlights. He was born in Staffordshire England in 1909 and trained as a carpenter, initially building houses.  In 1946 he worked for J. Arthur Rank Productions at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire building sets for the film industry. In 1949 Len decided to migrate to Australia at the age of 40. Throughout the previous 24 years Len had earned the most excellent references and when applying for migration those references stated that he was a first class craftsman, honest, straightforward, very industrious and highly trusted.

By 1951 Len was working for Ken Fielding Contactors in Ulverstone. Len was in charge of work at the Latrobe Hospital, Smithton, Wynyard and Devonport High Schools and the Devonport Marine Board. Len remained with Fielding’s for twelve years until they closed in 1963. During this time Len volunteered his time to Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society and while he did not officially join the Society for a few more years, he was a very active and reliable set builder. In 1957, almost 50 years ago, the society wrote to Len and thanked him for his assistance.

Len first attended an Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society meeting in August 1967, by 1971 he was awarded life membership for the substantial amount of work he had put in organising lighting and building sets during the previous 14 years. Len loved the arts and was instrumental in developing an arts workshop in Ulverstone in the 1960s. Len also joined the Burnie Little Theatre Society in 1969. He was a life member of the Ulverstone Senior Citizens Club, assisted the Agricultural Society from 1974-1983 and assisted Nina Coates at the World Championship Chopping Carnival.

In 1975 Len started painting beginning with a self-portrait. He gave away his pictures to those he painted. In 1980 we staged “Toad Of Toad Hall and Len painted a scene from the story and presented it to the Rep. As the West Ulverstone Primary School children were in the chorus of this play the picture was hung in their School. After this Len began to lose his sight and his painting stopped.

Pene Day, while delivering meals on wheels and driving for Red Cross, had seen Len on numerous occasions, and in 1989 she was summonsed to Len’s home for a secret rendezvous.  However, she was stunned when Len opened a secret drawer and gave her a cash donation for the Society. Len insisted the gift should be kept anonymous. Pene kept her secret and a few years later there followed a further donation. The interest from these donations has been used for the drama awards at Ulverstone High School.

Len had no siblings , spouse or children, he was not a religious man but he had a very giving nature, he wanted to share his possessions with as many people as possible and with those who would appreciate them. To this end he donated his books, tools and other possessions to libraries and museums.

On Saturday 6th January 2001 Len died at the age of 92. Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society members organised his funeral as he left everything else he possessed to the society.  Len’s last request was ‘A tearless goodbye, applause please’. Len certainly deserved applause for his years of dedicated work and now every performance Len’s ashes are on stage with the performers for his round of applause.  30/10/06

Naarah Sheehan Memorial Prize

Congratulations to Brooke Robertson on being awarded the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society’s Naarah Sheehan Memorial Prize in Speech and Drama. This means that you are the Grade 10 student with the most   promise in Drama.

Naarah Sheehan was a former pupil at this school and was an outstanding drama student. Not only was she talented but she was held in the highest esteem by her peers and teachers. Naarah was bright, bubbly and full of hope. She seized the opportunities life   presented her with. Naarah didn’t smile she shone.

Naarah joined the Ulverstone Repertory Theatre Society to further develop her love of drama. She   performed in three Rep. Productions. Naarah also    attended the Don College where she furthered her singing and acting talents both on and off stage. She was popular with everyone. In all that she did, Naarah   demonstrated extraordinary potential.

In 1996 we, the members of the Ulverstone  Repertory Theatre Society, were stunned when at the age of 18 years Naarah was suddenly and tragically killed in a vehicle accident while training with the army reserves in the south of the state.

With this award, we will honour and respect the   memory of a beautiful young life.

By receiving it,  you have the opportunity to realize the sort of potential that Naarah demonstrated.

This is your chance to shine


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PLAY

Dover Road
Fly Away peter
The grand cham’s diamond
Twelve Pound Look
The Inconstant Moon
The phantom ship
The Rising of the moon
That’s murder
Crisis for the Chrysalis
Laburnum Grove
The importance of being ernest
THe Late Miss Cordell,
Fumed oak
Moonshine
Blythe Spirit
The Shining Hour
The Rose and Crown
The Holly and The Ivy
Where the Rainbow Ends
Declining Glory
Fit for Heroes
Murder happens
Hay Fever
Lady be careful
A Lady Mislaid
An Inspector calls
Grand National night
Hobson’s choice
George and Margaret
To Dorothy a son
to kill a cat
Tell It Not In Gath
Sinbad the sailor
The late Christopher bean
Sailor Beware
The deep blue sea
The bride and the bachelor
canaries sometimes sing
the trial of mary dugan
Mr Lucifer and the spinster
little lambs eat ivy
five minutes
fruit of the tree
The setting sun
the late Edwina black
While the sunshines
quiet weekend
And The Big Men Fly
dear delinquent
Trap for a lonely man
the claw
the hamlet of stepney green
Five Finger Exercise
Look Back In Anger
Bus Stop
gas light
hallowe’en Night
The Rape Of the Belt
No Time For Fig leaves
Brush with a body
the drunkard
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Ring for catty
The browning version
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March 1977 Syd and Muriel
Browning went back to
England. Society lapsed.
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Sleeping beauty
The Tragedy of Mr Punch
Boy with a Knife
The sixth Hour
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Egad The Woman In White.
Dear Delinquent.
Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll.
Toad Of Toad Hall
On Monday Next.
Dirty Work At The Crossroads.
The Pied Piper.
Pickle In Paradise.
Deadwood Dick.
Old Mother Hubbard.
Tom Jones.
Boeing Boeing.
Goody Two Shoes.
There’s A Girl In My Soup.
Deadwood Dick Rides Again.
Alice in Wonderland.
Sweeny Todd.
Dimboola.
Aladdin.
Robin The Hood.
Little Red Riding Hood.
Man Of Steel.
Arts and Farces
Gangsters Galore.
Raggedy Ann.
Best Little Whore House In Texas
Frightfully Fractured Fairytales.
The Bush Ranger Who Sneezed.
The Importance of Being Earnest.
Rome Sweet Rome.
Mother Goose.
After Dinner.
The Man From Leven Canyon.
Dimboola.
Pipin.
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A Knight To Remember.
Garbage.
Caravan.
Dirty Work at the Crossroads.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
Murder At The Music Hall.
Peter Pan.
Daylight Saving.
Ma Bakers Tonic.
Play On.
Alice In Wonderland.
Bail ’em Up Cobber.
The Scatterbrained Scarecrow of Oz
Key For Two.
Harem Scarem.
The House Of Dracula.
Toad Of Toad Hall.
Heaven and Earth
Winnie the Pooh
A Bed Full Of Foreigners
The Lion the Witch And The Wardrobe
Shirley Valentine
Don’t Dress For Dinner
Shirley Valentine
The Real Story of Little Red Riding Hood
Secret Bridesmaid’s Business
Pooh Bear & Friends
Deadwood Dick
‘Allo ‘Allo
Fawlty Towers
Uncle Jack
Wanted-One Body!
Lone Star
Opportunity Knocks!
Are You Being Served
Bail ’em up Cobber
Noises Off
Dimboola
Run For Your Wife
I Love you, Your Perfect Now Change
A Bit of Aussie Bull
Dad’s Army
Farmer Will Swap Combine Harvester For Wife
Not Now Darling
Last Tango in Little Grimley &
Last Panto in Little Grimley
Caravan
Chase Me Comrade
Blood Brothers
The Bridesmaids Must Die
A Farndale Christmas
Alice in Wonderland
I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
The Last Resort
Aladdin
The Vicar of Dibley
Fame
Dying to Meet You


DIRECTOR

Dorothy Wilkinson
Dorothy wilkinson
Helen andrews
Dorothy Wilkinson
Helen Andrews
pat beckett
lola hazzlewood
Helga walker
Helga walker
Helen Andrews
Pat Beckett
Helen Andrews
jessica stowe
Jessica stowe
helga walker
helga walker
Helen Andrews
Dorothy Wilkinson
Phyllis Brooks
Helen Andrews
Helga walker
Lola Hazzlewood
Helga Walker
rex fabian
Lola hazzlewood
ron Denson
lola hazzlewood
Rev H D Ikin
Kay Kroll
Phyllis brooks
Rex Fabian
Rex Fabian
Phyllis Brooks
Lola hazzlewood
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collin roberts
Phyllis brooks
rex Fabian
paul Bessell
L A deacon
peter rosevear & lola hazzlewood
L A Deacon
Barbara lamberton
edna willcox
rex fabian
Don Colgrave
don colgrave
Don Gay
Merv walker
helga walker
helga walker
len boulton
Julie Wade
Jo Dowse
Julie Wade
doug williams
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Muriel Browning
Muriel Browning
Syd Browning
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Vivian Burnup & Pauline Hockley
Vivian Burnup& Pauline Hockley
Vivian Burnup& Pauline Hockley
Vivian Burnup & Pauline Hockley
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Alistair McDade
Pauline Hockley
Geoff Daw
Barbara Timmins
Roseanne McDade
Geoff Daw
Geoff Daw
Pauline Hockley
Pauline Hockley
Carl Lawton
Noel Brown
Don Naden & Pauline Hockley
Kim Legg
John Plumpton
Peter Sidebottom
Michelle Best
John Plumpton
Peter Sidebottom
Brian Cole
Rod Viney
Larry Monk
Rod Viney
Rod Viney
Kim Legg
Rod Viney
Peter Sidebottom
Kim Legg
Clifford Plumpton
David Berker
Rod Viney
Don Boulton
Michelle Best
Chris Lynch
Debbie Stanley
Peter Sidebottom
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Debbie Stanley
Debbie Stanley
Debbie Stanley
Pene Day
Beryl Marshall
David Laing
Pauline Hockley
Michelle Best
David & Wendy Laing
Rod Viney
Michelle Best
Debbie Stanley
Don Boulton
Rod Viney
Chris Pidd
Michelle Best
Denise Sam & Andrew Carpenter
Don Gay
Michelle Best
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carpenter
Andrew Carpenter
Robert Pollock
Michael Allen
Michelle Best
Pauline Hockley
Pauline Hockley & Trish Donaghue
Andrew Carpenter
Andrea Harding & Kerry Gillard
Pauline Hockley
Michelle Best
Kerry Gillard
Pauline Hockley
Andrea Harding
Simon Baldock
Simon Baldock
Simon Baldock
Geoff Hockley
Kerry Gillard
Tim McLaren
Emil Djakic
Simon Baldock
Simon Baldock
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Tim Mclaren
Simon Baldock
Emil Djakic
Geoff Dobson
Simon Baldock
Fiona Paterson
Emil Djakic
Sid Sidebottom
Kerry Gillard
Fiona Paterson
Emil Djakic
Fiona Paterson
Eddie Roberts