HISTORY OF LAYCOCK STREET THEATRE

Laycock Street Theatre has enjoyed a high level of community patronage and useage since its opening in 1988. Built in response to a perceived need by stalwarts of the Gosford Musical Society (GMS), the theatre has a history founded on community service. Several applications were made for funding under a Community Employment Program. The applications were unsuccessful, but the NSW Bicentennial Council Commemmorative Program offered GMS the opportunity to make its dream a reality.

The building of the theatre became a joint project between the NSW Government, the NSW Bicentennial Council, Gosford City Council and Gosford Musical Society. A fundraising appeal was commenced by the former Minister for Art, Heritage and Environment, Mr Barry Cohen. Contributors included Ashton Scholastic, Esanda Finance, Sara Lee and EJ and WA Booth. GMS supporters Kevin Booth, Hans Drielsma and Don Craig enlisted community groups, and a number, particularly Probus, responded to that call for assistance.

Attendance at GMS shows (previously held at public high schools and other venues) increased as most people saw this as a way of supporting the project. Work on the theatre construction commenced in July 1987 and former GMS president, Kevin Booth, remarked "Laycock Street Theatre will be a theatre built by the people, for the people, and because of this it will succeed". Succeed it has.

Laycock Street Theatre is unique on the Central Coast. As the largest tiered seating venue it is sought after by many community organisations for schools programs, dance groups, orchestral groups, touring and locally produced plays, rock concerts, comedies and of course, GMS musicals.

Laycock Street Theatre and Peninsula Theatre are proudly owned and maintained by Gosford City Council.


LAYCOCK STREET THEATRE

The auditorium seats 392 in tiered upholstered seating and is available to hire by professional theatre companies, community groups, dance companies, amateur groups, businesses and individuals.

The Don Craig Room is a multi-purpose room which can be utilised for intimate concerts or plays, business meetings, parties, or presentations. The room can be configured in a number of ways such as theatre style in rows seating up to 100, in groups at tables for up to 80 people, or in a u-shape table configuration for presentations.

Laycock Street Theatre is fully licensed with a range of beers, wines, champagne, spirits, and softdrinks. The kiosk also sells tea and coffee, confectionery, ice-creams and chips.

Please note there is a $3.20 booking fee per transaction for purchases made online or by phone. Should you experience any problems whilst booking tickets online, please call 4323 3233 to verify your transaction has successfully been completed

THE PENINSULA THEATRE

The Peninsula Theatre is located on the Peninsula in the grounds of the Woy Woy Community Centre. The theatre seats 100 in an intimate setting suitable for small dance troupes, amateur and professional live theatre, stand-up comedy, childrens' pantomime or small production or presentation. The seating is again upholstered and tiered. Other facilities include a Box Office, foyer with areas suitable for the setup of displays, kitchen with servery, backstage dressing room, wheelchair access, and all the necessary audio/visual and lighting technologies available for your production.

Peninsula Theatre is home to Woy Woy Little Theatre who present three plays per year at the venue as part of their subscription offer.

All enquiries for hire should be directed to Laycock Street Theatre

t. 02 4323 7299
laycock@gosford.nsw.gov.au

Laycock Street Community Theatre is proudly owned and operated by Gosford City Council