The Lilydale Athenæum Theatre Company Inc.
39-41 Castella Street, Lilydale VIC 3140


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Absent Friends
A dramatic comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Peter Roberts
2 March to 18 March 2017
Matinees: Sunday, 5 March and Sunday, 12 March
More information and booking details

Upcoming productions:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2017/2)
High Society (2017/3)
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (2017/4)


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The Lilydale Athenaeum

From 1888 onwards the people of Lilydale have constantly re-invented the Athenaeum building to fit in with the community's ever changing needs. As a result it has been a Mechanics' Institute, a library, a community hall, a performance stage, a lecture hall, a place of worship, a meeting room, a cinema, an indoor sports stadium, a roller skating rink, a military drill hall, a work room, a venue for political forums, a polling booth, a ballroom, a concert hall and even a museum.

Since 1975 it has been the home of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre Company, regarded as one of Victoria's best non-professional drama companies.

Absent Friends
Production meeting
14 November 2016

The first production meeting for Absent Friends will be held at the theatre on Monday 27 November at 7pm.

This will be an opportunity to meet the Director, Peter Roberts. Also it will be an opportunity to see the set design by John Shelbourn.

All welcome! If you would like to be involved in the theatre now or in the future, come along!

Or just come along if you are curious to see what goes on in the process of producing an ATC show!

Vale Edna Bartlett
An acknowledgement of a life of service to theatre.
21 September 2016

Edna Bartlett, who was well known in theatre circles, passed away recently at the age of 90.

A life member of the Victorian Drama League, over the years she had held every position, from President, Secretary and Treasurer to Committee member.

Edna was one of the founders of Peridot Theatre in 1985, and directed several of their early productions. She was also a leading light in the formation of Jacaranda Theatre in the early 1990s and directed for them also. A familiar face at the Victorian Drama league Awards night over the years, she has an award named in her honour.

She will be sorely missed.

Third matinee peformance
1 July 2016

Given the popularity of our Matinee performances, it has been decided that, in future, there will be an extra Matinee on the second Saturday of each season (in addition to the regular evening performance).

Also, from 2017, Opening Night will change from Wednesday to Thursday.

The extra Matinee will be in addition to our regular Matinees on the first and second Sunday of each season.

Other performance times will not change.

An update on our updates!
20 June 2016

A number of projects have been completed over the last twelve months, all of which will add to the smooth running of our productions.

Just over twelve months ago all the auditorium and foyer lighting was switched to LED globes; this has reduced our electricity bill and also done away with the need for constant globe replacement. Over twelve months, not one globe has had to be replaced!

A major working bee in January saw the cleanup and disposal of a great number of props and materials no longer needed, as well as sparking a cleanup of our costume store which is continuing.

A new sink has been installed at the side of the stage, which will be a great improvement for our set painters. They have also had a clear-out and disposed of quantities of old paint and painting equipment.

As part of the continuing maintenenance of the building, Council contractors have installed a new fire door and rebuilt the fire stairs on the right hand side of the auditorium.

A new system has also been installed to improve backstage communication during shows and currently the heating and air conditioning arrangements in the auditorium and elsewhere are being reviewed with a view to improvements and upgrades. Stage light and sound wiring are also being reviewed.

Lyrebird Awards 2015
28 February 2016

A massive twenty-one nominations for our 2015 productions has resulted in five LyreBird Awards.

Loretta Bishop received the "Best Director - Comedy" award for The Vicar of Dibley; and Secret Bridesmaids Business, directed by Catherine Carr (now Garside) was judged "Best Comedy Production".

For their roles in The Vicar of Dibley, Patricia McCracken received a "Highly Commended" award, Claire Hanley was judged "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy" and James McCrae was judged "Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy".

Our congratulations to all nominees and winners.

2015 VDL Awards
6 December 2015

At the 2015 Victoria Drama League Awards Night the Lilydale ATC scored one Silver and one Gold Award. This year the production submitted for the Awards was Secret Bridesmaids' Business.

The Gold Award went to Eleni Miller as Best Actress in a minor role for her portrayal of Naomi Bartlett.

Eleni (left) receives her award from presenter Alison Campbell Rate

Merinda Backway received a VDL Silver Award for Best Set Design in a Comedy or Drama. In addition to Secret Bridesmaids' Business, Merinda has designed several other sets for the ATC - including Daddy's Dying Who's Got the Will, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Are You Being Served, M*A*S*H and The 39 Steps.

Merinda (left) receives her award from presenter Alison Knight

Apart from Eleni and Merinda there were eight other Award nominations for Secret Bridesmaid's Business. These were:

  • Best Lighting in a Comedy or Drama - Robin le Blond
  • Best Costume Design in a Comedy or Drama - Sylvia Carr and Margaret Bayley
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Candice Sweetman
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy - Angela Glennie
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy - Andy Fry
  • Best Actress in a Comedy - Rhiannon Leach
  • Best Director of a Comedy Production - Catherine Carr
  • Best Comedy Production

Volunteers wanted!

We are always looking for new Front of House volunteers. We would also like to hear from anyone with experience in advertising and publicity who could spare some time to help us. Please see the volunteers page for more information.

Are you interested in performing with the ATC? Check our auditions page for details of auditions for the upcoming production of "Yes, Prime Minister?"

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