We are pleased to update you with another month of solid progress on the La Mama Rebuild, both on-site and behind the scenes.
All the demolition works have been completed, the original four walls and the historic toilet being all that remains.
Within the four walls, the props are gone, the paint from the brick walls and floor boards have been removed, the famous La Mama fireplace has been deconstructed ready for rebuilding, the ground level has been cleared and the level-one floor framing and sheeting has been completed.
Very excitingly, the concrete foundations for the new office wing and rehearsal space have been poured, ready for steel structure. For those who find reading architectural plans a little challenging, the simplicity of a concrete slab cannot be underestimated. The La Mama team will progress from an improvised office in the Courthouse foyer and various kitchen tables around Melbourne to a bright, new dedicated office space. This is a very welcomed thought. So too, is the proximity of theatre-makers, together, in a room, devising, creating and making in our new rehearsal space. We can’t wait!
Behind the scenes, we’ve been navigating the detail of sewerage pipes, the location of electrical services, the rearranging of the program in line with restrictions and various other bits and bobs that pop-up as we progress.
The Rebuild team continue to do an excellent job. In particular this month, we thank Ian Grant and Michelle Ye from Cottee Parker Architects who continue to draw and redraw, improving the smallest of details, working with the whole team to overcome complications and ensure we get the new home we dream of.
See you there before too long.
La Mama Theatre is on traditional land of the people of the Kulin Nation. We give our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands and to all First Nations people past, present and future. We acknowledge all events take place on stolen lands and that sovereignty was never ceded.