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Steven Voulgaris, who is the new Manager of the Bryan Brown Theatre, promises to make the venue a premier entertainment destination in Canterbury-Bankstown.
“I want the Bryan Brown Theatre to be a one-stop destination for those who enjoy a night out and one that will attract both locals and visitors,” he said.
“Over the next 12 months, the community can expect a reinvigorated production program, beginning with Oliver, Fame, and Remembering the Carpenters, along with additional big-name shows that you’d see at any other big theatre.
“I’ll be looking to schedule local community shows, live music and comedy nights as well.
“I want people to be buzzing when they come to the theatre and leave wanting to come back for more. The key to that vibrancy is bringing in shows they want to see and are well-known.”
A new interactive website has also be unveiled, which allows theatre-goers to choose their seats online and print them from the comfort and ease of their own home.
BLaKC Café is also under new management. Tamara Adzic, the Food and Beverage Manager, said she hoped people would seek out BLaKC Café as a dining destination rather than just a stopover to the theatre or library.
“My aim is to have people talking about the food and the trendy café that’s at the library and Bryan Brown Theatre,” Ms Adzic said.
“I’ve developed an entire menu to suit those who want to be a bit indulgent with cakes and confectionary and also created a specialised section with healthy super foods, such as a spiced chicken and roast beetroot pinenut rocket and quinoa salad with yoghurt.
“Over the next 12 months I want to continue experimenting with the menu and perhaps introduce tapas nights, high tea afternoons, and themed menus to cater for different cultures and occasions.”
Bryan Brown is one of Australia's most iconic and globally-renowned film and television actors. He has starred in many hit movies, such as The Thorn Birds, Cocktail, Australia, and Red Dog - True Blue. He has also appeared on stage in several productions, his most recent being Travelling North with the Sydney Theatre Company.
Brown was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 1989 and was named 'Best Actor in a Supporting Role' at the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for Breaker Morant and Two Hands.
Brown spent his childhood growing up in Panania and attended St Luke's Primary School at Revesby.
In September 2013, the then Mayor of Bankstown, Clr Khal Asfour, officially named the theatre at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre after Bryan Brown.
At the official naming ceremony, Mr Brown said: "Bankstown has played a great part in my life, particularly as a young man growing up in Panania, where I caught the bus to Bankstown pool to learn to swim and to the Bankstown Cinema to catch a film or two".