special production was staged to mark the end of the course, as in previous years, but members were cast in two one act plays which were publicly performed at the theatre's Night of One Act Plays. One was under direction of Barry Lucas, the other, Lys Bayer, who took the bold step to enter the play into the 1993 State One Act Play Drama Festival.
Writing of original material by theatre members continued to flourish. Two more musicals by Kim Martin were staged, 'Not the Tricentenary' in 1990 and a sequel 'A Right Royal Commission' two years later. A younger and newer member, Ken Stuart was co-writer of a one act play 'Death By Cupboard'. It was written for the New Theatre Challenge, Young Writer Award and was runner-up. It was presented for the first time at the 3 one act play season at Roleystone in 1992 and later entered in the State Drama Festival with the author as director. Again in the 1993 festival, another original play, by a Roleystone member, was presented titled 'Man On A Roof'. It was written by Denton Elliot and produced for the theatre under the direction of Mike Butler.
The Theatre's executive committee continued planning to improve the facilities and amenities of the building. At long last after many years of complaint from both members and public, the decrepit and quite inadequate outside toilets at the back of the theatre were demolished and replaced by a modern toilet block which included facilities for disabled patrons. They were opened for use in 1991 in time for the September production of "Hobson's Choice"; before work had been entirely completed. At the same time a new enlarged and much better appointed kitchen/kiosk area was built off the foyer. for the opening of 'Guys and Dolls' yet another much appreciated facility came into operation, 'The Act One' bar.
In the early months of 1992, the foyer's interior was painted and re-carpeted. Fans and strip heaters had been installed in the auditorium by 1991; the heaters doing much to ease the bitter cold of Roleystone's winter nights, which. patrons had for so long bravely endured. The provision of all these facilities was indicative of the desire to create a theatre complex of the highest standard which would match the best amateur theatres in the metropolitan area. At the same time this progressive upgrading represented an expression of appreciation by the theatre for the loyal support that had been given over a long period by the public.
This period, the early nineties, reflected a degree of prosperity, unprecedented in the Theatre's history. The profits from the shows (in 1991 there were six) were consistently high and the finances were very healthy indeed. Guarantees of good profits bred a high degree of confidence, certainly enough to apply for a bank loan of $15,000 to help finance the building of the $35,000 toilet block and kitchen. Again the Council assisted by providing $17,000 in matching funds. The bank loan was repaid within six months. Building additions didn't stop at that however. In 1993 a room was constructed to accommodate the Theatre's now considerable collection of costumes. Plans were also drawn up for the erection of a new entrance to the Theatre and negotiations were initiated with the City Council to have a lease drawn up which would effectively give full responsibility of the running of the building to the Theatre's members.
In 1992 another life membership was awarded, this time to Kim Martin. The Theatre was fortunate to have in its ranks a person of Kim's talent and expertise. His life membership reflected not only 10 years of strong interest in fostering the artistic and musical development of the Theatre, through organising many internal nights and workshops but his aptitude in producing for the Roleystone stage, a wonderful series of original musicals. These, as well as other musicals and plays, he directed with flair, precision and always with complete perfection as the main goal.
To mark the importance of its 60 years of existence The Roleystone Theatre took on the momentuous and prodigious task of hosting the 1993 State One Act Drama Festival. 22 amateur theatre groups presented a total of 36 plays over a 12 night period from Monday 26th September to Saturday 9th October. Roleystone entered 3 plays in the competition and was rewarded by winning Best Actor award. This honour went to Ray Egan for a fine sustained portrayal of the 'Man on a Roof' in the original play written by Denton Elliot, a fitting achievement for a man whose great talent had been demonstrated. on the Roleystone stage many times, much to the delight of his audiences. His success provided a fine climax to Roleystone's Diamond Jubilee year.
On October 16th, 1993, Roleystone Theatre officially celebrated that milestone. On that night, members; current, past and inaugural, together with distinguished guests celebrated 60 wonderful years of fun, hard work, excitement, disappointment, exhilaration, frustration and friendship which was to make


The Roleystone Theatre 1993 with its distinctive fly tower, constructed in 1975-76.

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