MATES Theatre Genesis Inc. is a community theatre group founded in 1990 by a group of actors, singers and their families who had a love of theatre and wanted somewhere to perform. The group were officially incorporated in 1990 as the “Musical and Theatrical Entertainment Society of the Redlands”. Affectionately known as MATES, their first official production was “Dimboola” at the Donald Simpson Centre in 1990.
In the early days, they used several local venues before setting up home base at the Birkdale School of Arts Hall.
In 2016 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 Inc. was born. In 2018, the outgoing Mt. Cotton Drama Group were encompassed by MATES.
From a small, local presence MATES have been building a reputation that attracts patrons from local areas and the wider Brisbane community.
MATES strives to nurture an inclusive performing arts community offering members opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatre, whether that be acting on stage, directing, set building, sound and lighting, costumes, publicity, front of house, backstage crew, or participating on the management committee. There is plenty of scope for learning new skills alongside experienced members.
Members of all skill levels are welcomed.
– 3-4 major productions each year
– StageworX – Script reading sessions
– Theatre Jam Events – a night of skits, poetry, song