Creativity & Community, Coming Together

Twenty-Five years ago MATES Theatre Society was started by a group of actors, singers and their families who had a love of theatre and wanted somewhere to perform. In the early days, they used many local venues until they chose the Birkdale School of Arts Hall on Birkdale Road at Birkdale as their home for most productions. This allowed MATES to develop a history in the area as well as providing the ease of storing equipment and props in a familiar space.

Since that time, from a small, local presence we have been building a reputation that attracts new patrons from local areas and all over Brisbane. We have grown from scheduling one-night performances to sell-out five night seasons.

In 2015 MATES Theatre Society merged with another local community group, Theatre Genesis who performed a variety of shows at the Redlands Museum and MATES Theatre Genesis was born.

Our members strive to present a professional-style show for the Redlands. We have many talented members, whether in acting or in associated ways such as set building, management, lighting and sound techniques, costuming, publishing, directing, working ‘front of house’ or back stage, singing, dancing and advertising. There is always something interesting and different for members to do. The scope for learning new skills is huge, and members are encouraged to become involved in these, with an experienced member available to pass on knowledge and share the load.

Meet Your Committee

Paul Bishop our patron

Raised in Wynnum, Paul’s first experience of community theatre was as an audience in a local theatre under a domestic house.

His Great Uncle, Grandfather and Grandmother used to own and perform songs and music to accompany the silent films at the Wynnum Imperial Theatre years ago.
Paul has since Graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with an Associate Diploma in the Arts (Theatre) in 1986 and has played leading roles at every major performing arts theatre company in Australia, and has appeared in radio, film, television, short film and new media projects, as well as over 60 professional stage productions and many World Premiere productions.

As a performing artist Paul has received the: 2009 Queensland ‘Glugs of Gosh’ Award for Contribution to Theatre, 2011 Matilda Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role as ‘Edward Gant’ for La Boite (Brisbane) & Sydney Theatre Company, as well as two TV Week Logie Award Nominations for his role as Sgt. Ben Stewart on Award Winning Drama ‘Blue Heelers’.

In his role mentoring and facilitating the growth of the creative community, Paul was an elected delegate on Actors Equity/MEAA’s ‘National Performer’s Committee’ (2004-2008), and Has been an Associate Artist with Queensland Theatre Company – an association he began in 1982 when Paul commenced youth theatre classes.

Paul is a busy father of four who is an engaging MC; knowledgeable and insightful mentor; an active civic, commercial and community facilitator; social media producer and Division 10 (Birkdale/Thorneside) Redland City Councillor. In January 2014, Paul appeared with Queensland Theatre Company in the surprisingly contentious production ‘Australia Day’ – a political satire by Jonathan Biggins which was performed at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Paul is excited by the past, present & future of local story telling in Redland City and is fully supportive of Mates Theatre Genesis’ Plans for 2016 and beyond.

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