A theatre show is like an iceberg, with the performance only the visible tip of a vast, hidden world. Unseen by the audience are the months of work that has taken place for a show to reach the stage. This work is facilitated by the production manager.
The story of MTC couldn't be told without the stories of John Hackman Sumner and Raymond Evenor Lawler, the theatre makers whose names now adorn Southbank Theatre's two performance spaces.
Learn more about the quotes inside the Sumner auditorium, from plays that span centuries of theatre history, which also serve an acoustic function.
With practical and superstitious origins, the ghost light has become a symbol of survival in the COVID-19 pandemic.
As well as a performance space, the Lawler has been used by MTC for direct engagement and development programs, including the First Peoples Young Artists Program, Cybec Electric play reading series, the NEON festival of independent theatre, and more.
MTC’s Executive Director for 18 years, Ann Tonks left a huge legacy when she exited the building in 2012 – including the Southbank Theatre, which she was instrumental in establishing. Before she left, she shared some of her favourite MTC memories.