Theatre idea for Maylands hall

• Jim and Carole Chantry have ideas for the vacant Maylands Hall.

• Jim and Carole Chantry have ideas for the vacant Maylands Hall.

BAYSWATER local Jim Chantry wants the old Maylands Hall turned into a new community theatre.

The 67-year-old actor, who also likes to tinker in the mens shed, says he got the idea when the council moved the library into the new Rise building, leaving the hall empty.

“It’s a lovely hall,” he says. “I thought this would be an absolutely ideal theatre.”

He says there is a number of community theatre groups without a home to rehearse in.

“When you stop and think of where we are in Maylands, you have the Old Mill Theatre in South Perth, then the Garrick Theatre in South Guildford and nothing in between.”

Along with maintaining the Facebook page for the Kalamunda Mens Shed he’s started a page in support of the community theatre plan.

“I’m starting to realise how powerful these things can be so I started up [a page] for the theatre. I’m an old bugger—67! I’ve been fighting against [social media] for ages, I thought ‘no it’s not for me’, but… it is a powerful tool for getting information out.”

He reckons a community theatre rehearsing and staging plays could get 10,000 people a year through the Maylands strip and benefit local businesses.

“We want to put on something that’s going to be for the benefit of the community.”

If interested you can head to Mr Chantry’s Facebook page titled “Maylands Hall”.

by DAVID BELL

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