Arts and Culture

Sun Sets On Adelaide’s Bakehouse Theatre

Posted on: Fri 6 May 2022

“I have the greatest faith in the theatre arts – even if the Bakehouse goes, they will still find a way to get it done”

Founder, Peter Green

“[So long], and thanks for all the fish,” a quote resonate of Douglas Adams – and Bakehouse Theatre Artistic Director Pamela Munt’s closing words. A suited departing line before Adelaide’s iconic theatre venue waves its last goodbye, following its final show: Tennessee William’s, A Street Car Named Desire.

The Bakehouse has remained on the corner of Angus street and Cardwell street for decades. The building itself encapsulates a rich and colourful history, researched by Pamela who has jointly run the venue with Founder and Creative Producer, Peter Green. From Lovell’s Bakery in 1890, Farmer’s Radio in 1950 through to the Communist Party Headquarters in 1976, which although on the tail end, also marked the same decade it became acquainted with the theatre scene. It was later, in 1998, that Peter officially transformed the venue from the Red Shed to the Bakehouse Theatre – a clever salute to its origin. 

Since, it has been known by both local theatre-makers and theatre-goers for its quirky, intimate setting, offering a unique home for independent theatre production, and an integral space for emerging performing artists. 

It is sadly set to close its doors tomorrow night, Saturday May 7, leaving a huge dent in the local arts scene and a marked reminder of its imprint in Adelaide’s diverse cultural fabric.

Peter and Pamela joined Festival City’s Emma Wotzke to reflect on the theatre’s 24-year journey, the changing arts industry and the theatre’s finale production.

Produced by Emma Wotzke

Photo by: Savage Vision

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