ON STAGE: Collaborati Entertainment players Gray Wilson and John Taylor.
ON STAGE: Collaborati Entertainment players Gray Wilson and John Taylor. Contributed

New Lismore theatre company wants to be a viable business

COLLABORATI Entertainment is a new Lismore-based theatre company and the founders are determined to develop it as a commercially viable business.

The company was formed by Jason and Julie Smith, Gray Wilson, John Taylor and Jos Wright and all have experience in community or professional theatre.

Their plan is to stage theatre shows in Lismore and in halls around the area, using existing plays and, in the near future, showcasing their own work.

"Collaborati hopes to become a regular hirer of the Rochdale Theatre, and are working closely with the Lismore Theatre Company (LTC) in planning our upcoming season," the troupe said in their media announcement.

"By fitting our shows and the LTC's season around each other, Collaborati will be able to support this wonderful venue and the valuable contribution that the LTC makes to Lismore's thriving creative scene".

The group is keen to take their shows to regional halls and to communities that in the past have usually missed out on travelling shows.

"We will be offering theatre shows. We will be travelling around small areas where they don't normally get that sort of entertainment coming through," Jason Smith said.

The company's debut production will be Occasional Coarse Language, described as "a selection of the best sketch comedy from around the world".

The company is also working on a season of four major shows for next year.

Collaborati will be announcing full details of their 2015 season in the next couple of months.

GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

premium_icon GALLERY: Burnt out fire truck

The RFS truck will probably be written off.

"Someone could have been injured or killed"

premium_icon "Someone could have been injured or killed"

An RFS crew sheltered in their truck as the grass fire overcame them

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