Pamela, the Artistic Director of the Bakehouse, has been researching all of the origins of the Bakehouse Theatre building. (Keep watching this page for more updates.)
So far, after pursuing all kinds of different sources, she has come up with the following chronology:-
History of the Bakehouse Building
In 1890 The Bakehouse was aquired by Lovell's to be used as a bakery.
In the 1950's it became "Farmers Radio". At the same time the building next door was used by Suburban Taxi service (now Yeat's Mechanical services). (See the two photos below, courtesy of the State Library - click on a photo to enlarge it.)
In July 1976 it was used as the Communist Party Headquarters with meeting rooms and a bookshop out the front. During this period the Communist Party formed a band called "The Red Peril" and cut a record called "Give Frazor the Razor". This record had to be produced in Singapore because Australia at that time would have nothing to do with it.
In 1976 The Salisbury College of Advanced Education (now Uni SA) rented space from the Communist Party to perform. Two of the people instrumental in producing these performances were Keith Gallash and Jackie Cook.
In 1979 The Red Shed was officially launched by these two together with some people in the Communist Party. When the Red Shed got into financial difficulties it combined with "The Troupe".
This collaboration lasted around 10 years during which some of the highlights were:-
In 1998 Peter Green (pictured left) took over the theatre from The Red Shed and re-named it the Bakehouse Theatre in line with its original origins.
Among many other projects, in 2005, Peter created the hugely successful and much appreciated "Artist's Development Programme" which catered for newly graduated actors, giving them an opportunity to hone their craft before being picked up by some of the larger professional theatre companies. At the same time it was hired out to other theatre companies.
In 2007 this Development Programme lost its funding and the theatre was taken over by Pamela Munt. Although there was no funding to continue this particular programme Pamela had great sympathy with the mission statement behind it and was keen to ensure that the theatre remained alive. As the new Artistic Director of the Bakehouse with very limited funding, Pamela has been obliged to run the theatre mostly as a venue for hire, but can still give some support to emerging artists, through her "Resident Theatre Company" scheme. You can find out more details about the Bakehouse's "Resident Theatre Companies" by clicking on the relevant attachments on this site.
For any queries about shows or about hiring the theatre, please contact Pamela by email pamela [AT] bakehousetheatre [DOT] com (replace the words in brackets by the appropriate symbol to make the email address) or by phone on (08) 8227 0505.