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Middleback Arts Centre

141A Nicolson Ave, Whyalla Norrie, SA, 5608, Australia

(08) 8644 7300

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Me & My Shadow
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Me & My Shadow

3rd September 2020 — 3rd September 2020

Presented by Patch Theatre

Me & My Shadow is a gentle and magical visual poem for children, using paper, light, shadow, colour, water, music, sound and words to create a world of play where the imagined becomes reality.

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Impersonal Space
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Impersonal Space

29th October 2020 — 29th October 2020

A unique, full-hearted and funny look at how autistic people see the world.

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ABBA Gold 2021
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ABBA Gold 2021

31st October 2020

Presented by Monica Louise Promotions

The Flaming Sambucas perform all the greatest hits of the famous 70’s Swedish supergroup ABBA

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6th November 2020 — 6th November 2020

Presented by Windmill Theatre Co

Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

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About Middleback Arts Centre

In 1978, there was a plan to bring a cultural precinct to Whyalla. On March 9 in 1985, the Middleback Theatre was officially opened.

In its 30 years the centre, run by Country Arts SA, has grown to incorporate a modern 210 seat cinema and the 478 seat theatre has been upgraded to accommodate Australian and international performances including ballet, drama, theatre and music.

Renamed the Middleback Arts Centre in 2015 to incorporate all its functions, it is the cultural and artistic centre of Whyalla.

Community Circle- supporting creative communities

In 2014, Country Arts SA is partnering with local businesses to enable more people in the community to experience, value and benefit from the arts.

A new initiative from Country Arts SA Chair Lew Owens, Community Circle brings together businesses with a shared passion and commitment to giving back to the communities in which they operate.

The generous backing of Community Circle businesses will support the Middleback Arts Centre in continuing to deliver a dynamic mix of exciting live performances, creative workshops and educational projects throughout 2014.

Community Circle provides a unique platform for businesses to engage with their local communities in association with artistic excellence and exceptional live performance all year round.

Arts Centre Reference Group

Working with local community members to ensure the Arts Centre continues to meet the community’s arts and cultural expectations.

The current members are:

Bernadette Abraham

Bernadette currently works as a real estate Agent with Century 21 Whyalla, a position she has held for 11 years. Long-time resident of Whyalla, Bernadette is keenly interested in Whyalla, the Community and the prosperity of the City.

Former employment positions have included Employment & Training, Regional Development & politics, Current Chair of Enterprising Women Whyalla Inc. – giving her rounded knowledge and experience in Whyalla and Regional South Australia.

Bernadette is also a dedicated member to association Whyalla 1st and believes this provides a positive vehicle to promote and encourage businesses in Whyalla, together with highlighting the benefits of our lifestyle as a great place to live!

Deb Hughes

Deb has held the Creative Producer position since 2013 at D’faces of Youth Arts in Whyalla and aspires to create a vibrant and engaged artistic community. Deb was born in New Zealand and grew up in the regional community of Te Kuiti where she was a teacher for 7 years. In 2006 she relocated with her Australian born husband to Rosebery Tasmania.

Deb has a background in performing arts industry and feels the arts passion is in fostering an engaged artistic community. In 2012 Deb made the move with her family to Whyalla and now devotes a lot of her time to project management, writing grant applications and working through the logistics of funding to help out D’faces of Youth Arts.

May Walker Jeffreys

May is currently the Mental Health Academic Project Officer for the department of Rural Health based at the University Of South Australia’s Whyalla Campus.

With a Diploma in Population Health, Grad Cert in Public Health & Diploma of Management in Community Services May’s involvement within the Whyalla community is vast.

May is very community orientated and loves being involved with many projects throughout the region.

Glen Smith

Glen has always ensured music is a major part of her life and as far back as she can remember she has sung and hummed her way through life. Glen’s arrival from Melbourne to Whyalla over 50 years ago was a real culture shock and during her time in Whyalla was employed for in retail sector maintaining roles management, sales and customer service.

Now retired from “paid” employment, Glen is still involved with the community as a volunteer with Whyalla Aged Care and charity events as an entertainer. Joining the Whyalla Players in the early 80’s as a performer Glen then escalated to management committee member in 1996. Since then Glen has held the position of Secretary for 12 years and is now in the 5th year as President of the organisation but still loves to perform for the community.

Jeff Croft

Jeff was born in Whyalla and belongs to the Barngarla people. Jeff’s  well-known CROFT family carry’s great sporting tradition locally where his Father Ian, Uncles Ken, Gary, Henry and Barry excelled and were well known for their football and cricket exploits, while his Aunty Anne excelled in her hockey.

Jeff started his working career doing various things within the CDEP program especially market gardening. He then spent a couple of years at the local Mitre10 store before taking on study and becoming a qualified Aboriginal Health & Youth Worker. In his time as an AHW he had the fortunate opportunity of being in the planning process of Nunyara and became one of the first people to work there along with the other AHW at the time.

After 3 years in the AHW role, Jeff took up a position at the Whyalla Hospital doing Youth Health continuing in this role for 9.5 years before the role concluded in June 2014. Jeff is now involved with the Plaza Youth Centre here in Whyalla and is certainly an important advocate for the youth of our town.

Lyn Breuer

Lyn is our former local MP for Giles successfully holding her positon in parliament from 1997 with re-elections in 2002, 2006 & 2010 until her retirement in March 2014. Lyn holds many fond memories of a happy childhood in Whyalla and her heavy involvement in the theatre in the early years of development in Whyalla.

Prior to her political career Lyn’s major achievement was pathing the way for many women into non-traditional areas of work and helped many women returning to the workforce after having their children as Lyn held the role of coordinator of the Women’s Studies Programme at TAFE. During retirement Lyn has continued her strong commitment to Regional Development, and ensuring that all regional communities get a fair go.

Chelsea Lieberwirth

Chelsea was born in Whyalla and belongs to the Kokatha people. With the support of Chelsea’s grandmother and mother, Chelsea has grown up with a community orientated lifestyle ensuring local involvement is one of her major priorities especially within Whyalla’s Aboriginal Community.

Chelsea’s grandmother ‘Aunty’ Rose has always supported the growth of Whyalla and would continually offer guidance and information about their Aboriginal Culture. Chelsea’s mother Wilhelmine has been part of many local committees’ over the years and has tirelessly been involved in creating positive change amongst the Whyalla community.

Chelsea’s previous roles within the community have included holding a 4 year association with Plaza Youth Centre which also lead to her becoming a SAPOL volunteer a few years ago and currently assists with the Whyalla’s Blue Light Events. Chelsea is currently employed with Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA as Recruitment and Assessment Officer for Foster Carers in the Whyalla region and would encourage anyone thinking of becoming a Foster Carer to pop in for a visit.

John Hunt 

John has been our Whyalla Journalist for Southern Cross News since March 2014. John is a graduate of the University of South Australia having gained a double degree in Journalism and International Relations.

John is very familiar with regional cities due to his employment with country newspapers including the Whyalla News and Port Augusta’s Transcontinental. He has also written for online publications, On The Record, The Roar and Commentary Box Sports. John also has experience in radio, with his dulcet tones gracing Radio Adelaide’s breakfast program as a newsreader in 2013.

This is John’s first experience in television and he is enjoying the transition and the experience of broadcast media. John is very involved in the Whyalla Community and is always supporting community events and looks forwards to his involvement in the Middleback Arts Centre reference group.

Jenny Barnes

Jenny has nearly two decades of tourism experience within the local government sector and has a wealth of experience and expertise.  During this time she held a variety of roles, most recently she managed the accredited Whyalla Visitor Centre, Whyalla Maritime Museum and Whyalla Steelworks Tours.

She has highly developed skills and experience with event planning and coordination, tourism management, product development, business planning, and marketing and media strategies.

Jenny has energy, enthusiasm, passion, knowledge and know-how and is proud to be an Elected Member of the Whyalla City Council.

Friends Club

The Country Arts SA’s Friends Club is a membership program that rewards our loyal patrons and helps support our Arts Centres.

Friends Club Membership

For just $30 per year Friends can enjoy exclusive special offers and great savings over the calendar year.

A Friends Club membership entitles you to…

  • Access to discount ticket prices and priority seating for live theatre shows and Arts on Screen screenings (where available, one per membership)
  • Access to discount cinema ticket prices for all screenings. $12.50 each for 2D and $13.50 for 3D screenings, one ticket per membership. (Except Whacky Wednesday where normal prices will apply $11.00 for 2D and $12.00 for 3D)
  • Regular updates of theatre activities
  • Ability to use your membership at any of our 5 Country Arts SA venues throughout 2020
Buy Membership

Terms and Conditions apply contact the venue for more details.

Gift Vouchers

Don’t know what to give your friends or family for birthdays or special occasions?

Entertain them with a Gift Voucher; Gift Vouchers can be used for any live performance, film screening or candy bar purchase at the Middleback Arts Centre.

You can purchase your Middleback Arts Centre Gift Vouchers at the box office or online.

Purchase Online

Terms and Conditions

Gift Certificates are available for purchase at the following values:
$100,$50, $40, $30, $25,$20,$10

Gift Vouchers are available for purchase online at the following values: $100, $50, $20, $10

Gift Vouchers can only be exchange for tickets at the theatre Box Office during office hours or online through our website.

Gift Vouchers are not redeemable for cash.

Gift Vouchers are redeemable for tickets at the Venue in which it was originally purchased from only and are non transferable.

Country Arts SA Venues are not responsible for lost or stolen Gift Vouchers.

Gift Vouchers are valid for 36 months from the date of purchase.

Additional Terms and Conditions may apply contact the theatre for more details.


For Promoters & Producers

Everything you need

  • 476 seat proscenium arch theatre
  • 210 seat cinema with Dolby digital surround sound
  • 3D digital cinema projector
  • Spacious foyer with track lighting and licensed bar
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage with depth of 10.88m x 16.70m wide
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • TV, DVD, CD, data projector, rear projection screen
  • Computerised box office
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe, laundry facilities and green room
  • Orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • Yamaha concert Grand and Yamaha upright pianos
  • Professional sound system
  • Public address system
  • Fully air-conditioned

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Middleback Arts Centre is available online. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

View Venue Technical Specifications

Tour Coordination Services
Link into Country Arts SA’s network of performing arts centres across South Australia and benefit from collaboration on tours and negotiation of venue costs, performances and box office as a state-wide package. Contact Sussan Baldwin Arts Centres Manager Phone 7009 4400 or 0401126077 or [email protected]

Corporate Entertainment

A night at the theatre is a perfect way to entertain and impress your clients, network and reward staff. Our staff will assist you in all steps of planning to ensure your guests have a unique and memorable night at the theatre that they will always associate with your company’s hospitality.

With a wide range of shows and some of Australia’s most well-loved actors, you’re sure to find something for everyone. This variety means that we can help you select the show most suited to your guests to ensure an enjoyable night is had by all.

Country Arts SA Corporate Hospitality Packages are designed to help you deliver your business targets in a distinctive way, and can be tailored to meet the needs and budget constraints of your business.

Country Arts SA is continually looking to establish strategic alliances and partnerships with leading, innovative companies such as yours, who understand the reinforcement of business brand values to the community through the arts.

Benefits of Purchasing Corporate Tickets

  • Performance programmes (where available)
  • Tailored drinks package for your needs
  • Free use of exclusive foyer areas for pre-show or post show drinks
  • You can also access special function areas for you to entertain larger groups
  • Ease of booking when purchasing for large groups.
  • Assistance in co-ordinating catering for functions and events held at the venue.
  • Pre show group theatre tours.
  • Invitations to Country Arts SA after show functions.
  • Meet the cast (selected shows only).
  • Best seats available
  • You will also receive invitations to selected, exclusive VIP functions at the venue where you can network with leading corporate identities and artists.

Additional options can easily be arranged to create an evening tailored to your needs

Contact the venue to Join now!

How to find us

Opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12:30pm – 8:30pm* *Box Office Closes

Ample parking in close proximity to the venue.

Wheelchair access is an important aspect of Country Arts service to patrons. Mobility impaired patrons can be comfortably seated in the theatre, and there are dedicated toilet facilities and car parking spaces. Baby change tables are available. The Cinema has an Audio Loop that delivers clearer sound to patrons with hearing aids fitted with a ‘T’ Switch

The Cinema has a Licensed Bar

Venue Manager: Ryan Sutherland

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Venue details

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Middleback Arts Centre is available here. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

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