Bendigo has a new theatre … well nearly, it opens this Friday. The Ulumbarra Theatre is a new start of the art theatre complex built around the historic Sandhurt Gaol. Construction workers were still busily working today as the media were invited for a sneak peek at this exciting new facility.

The first thing you notice upon arrival at the Ulumbarra Theatre is the entrance. It's impressive.




Once inside you are met with a combination of the old Sandhurst Gaol meeting the new state of the art complex.




There are plenty of windows that not only allow natural light to enter, but also create some fabulous views. 



The old gaol features have been left intact.



Here you can walk beneath the gallows …



Quality furnishings in the complex are by local company Jimmy Possum.



Ulumbarra is a Dja Dja Wurrung word meaning “gathering together." Apart from the new state-of-the-art  953 seat theatre with a fully equipped fly tower, the complex also includes music, dance and drama studios, learning kitchens, general learning areas and an outdoor alfresco area for Bendigo Senior Secondary College students





The $25.8M project was funded by:

    $12.3M from the Australian Government
    $7.5M from the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
    $3M from City of Greater Bendigo
    $3M from the Victorian Government’s Regional Development Victoria – Regional Growth Fund



Ulumbarra Theatre already has 170 bookings for the coming year! One of these bookings is the upcoming world premiere of Ned – a musical about Ned Kelly. Ned, A New Australian Musical, is written by local Bendigo boy, Adam Lyon (King Kong).


Composer Adam Lyon with Ulumbarra Theatre manager, David Lloyd.


The media had the opportunity to hear songs from the musical performed by some of the cast ahead of the opening on May 22nd.





And it's sounding fabulous!



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