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Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier SA 5290

(08) 8723 8700

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  • Dance

Exposed

4th May 2023 — 5th May 2023

Presented by Country Arts SA, Restless Dance Theatre

Exposed explores the intimacies that constitute our lives, our actions, our thoughts, our traumas, our desires, our failures.

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Nunga Screen 2023
  • Film

Nunga Screen 2023

31st May 2023 — 31st May 2023

Presented by Country Arts SA

Nunga Screen an annual film event that shares and celebrates First Nations culture, stories and language through film.

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Emil and the Detectives
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Emil and the Detectives

29th June 2023

Presented by Slingsby

Emil and the Detectives reminds audiences to never underestimate the determination of a child in true Slingsby fashion.

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About Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre

The theatre is named after the late Sir Robert Helpmann, a world renowned performer. He was born in Mount Gambier before pursuing an international career as an actor, dancer, choreographer and director

The South East of South Australia is famed for its sparkling seas, fine Coonawarra wines, seafood fresh from the ocean, fascinating limestone caves and tall timber.

Mount Gambier is the unofficial capital of the South East, and is built on the slopes of an extinct volcano that gives it its other name – the Blue Lake City. The lake within the volcano crater holds one of nature’s great mysteries, its waters turning brilliant blue for several months of the year.

The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is a fully equipped multi-purpose arts centre in the heart of this beautiful country and can accommodate a diverse range of conferences, performing arts, film screenings, seminars and product launches.

Centrally located in the heart of Mount Gambier, the centre is within easy walking distance to the main retail shopping precinct, cultural attractions and fine restaurants. The centre draws on a local population of 28,000 with a total of 70,000 from surrounding districts.

Conveniently located midway between Adelaide (439km to the North West) and Melbourne (452km to the East), the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre provides the perfect stopover for touring productions en route to Adelaide.

Everything you need

  • 524 seat proscenium arch auditorium
  • Centre based manager plus box office and technical staff
  • Stage with depth of 12.3m x 20m wide
  • Full technical facilities and support
  • Hand held standard microphones
  • Foyer promotional screens
  • Computerised box office
  • Digital sound desk
  • Digital 3D cinema projector
  • Rear screen projection
  • Air-conditioning
  • Licensed bar
  • Disabled access
  • Ample car parking
  • Fully appointed dressing rooms, wardrobe room, laundry facilities and green room
  • Spacious rehearsal area with mirrors and barres
  • Orchestra pit for up to 40 musicians
  • Yamaha Concert Grand and Yamaha upright pianos
  • Public address system
  • Phone, fax and photocopying facilities

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is available online. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

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Access & Patron Facilities

Parking

Parking is available adjacent the Mount Gambier Library or Civic Centre car park, off Ferrers Street.

Accessibility

Booking Tickets

Please contact the venue box office with your access requirements. Staff will help you find the best seats available.

Disability Seating

The back row of the downstairs auditorium has removable seats to accommodate patrons who wish to remain seated in their wheelchair or to allow ease of access to transfer to a theatre seat.

A disability toilet is available in the foyer of the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre.

Wheelchair loan – please contact the theatre on 8723 8741 if you need to borrow a wheelchair ‘free of charge’ when you attend a performance.

The Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is guide dog friendly.

Facilities

Baby change tables are available.

The theatre has a Licensed Bar.

An elevator is located in the Civic Centre courtyard.

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

Show your card and save throughout the year. Your Friends Club membership ($25) entitles you to buy tickets at the discounted Friends price at anytime. It’s your season as you like it and when you like it.

  • Access to the Friends discount ticket price, anytime throughout the year (one ticket per performance per member)
  • Discount on Morning Melodies shows
  • Discount on selected commercial shows
  • Discount on Arts on Screen screenings
  • Regular updates on Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre activities
  • Invitations to special events
  • Priority seating and presale tickets for Country Arts SA allocated seated live shows and selected commercial shows (Email address required)
  • Access to Friends Club ticket discounts at any of the five Country Arts SA venues as mentioned on the back of your membership card (members only)
Purchase 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 theatre Gift Voucher; Gift Vouchers can be used for any performance at the theatre.

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Terms and Conditions

Prices

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 and are valid for 36 months from the date of purchase.

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 12 months from the date of purchase.

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

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

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Community Circle

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 Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre 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.

Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre Master Plan

After extended consultation with the community a Master Plan was created for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre with architects Grieve Gillet Andersen.

Master Plan Summary

How to find us

Opening hours: 12.30pm to 4pm Wednesday to Friday and 1 hour prior to performances and half an hour following the commencement of a performance.

Ample parking in close proximity to the venue.

Accessibility:
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 theatre has an Audio Loop that delivers clearer sound to patrons with hearing aids fitted with a ‘T’ Switch.

The theatre has a Licensed Bar

Venue Manager: Frank Morello

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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. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Venue details

A comprehensive Technical Specifications Document for the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre is available here. Please review this document before booking the venue for your performance.

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