We had a great day at Southbank Theatre this Sunday for Open House Melbourne. Throughout the day hundreds of people visited the theatre, with 340 of them joining MTC staff on guided tours around the building, including backstage and even understage.
The foyer was filled with various displays featuring props, costumes and designs from MTC’s history. Our wonderful wardrobe team organised for the original costumes from the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest starring Geoffrey Rush to be displayed, alongside some pieces from Elling (2012). The props department managed to source an eclectic range spanning 21 years of productions – including a sarcophagus from I Hate Hamlet (1992), a portable cow from Into The Woods (1998) and the human-sized rabbit heads you may have seen in Top Girls (2012). ARM Architecture, who designed Southbank Theatre, loaned us some of their original plans and models, and the set designers for Red (2012) and The Crucible (2013) did the same.
For those who didn’t make it yesterday, there are some pictures available in the gallery on the right. To all those who joined us for Open House 2013, we hope you had as much fun we did!