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20 years ago a small group of locals had a dream, “a small place to put on some shows”, they found a building, sought funding from council, local residents and the bank; and in typical Aussie style they ‘got it done’. Combining hard work and dreams they crafted the Clink Theatre, a wonderful building, full of history and life. What once was the old police lock-up was moved to its new location and became a majestic little theatre. This beautiful auditorium, with perfect acoustics, complete with full theatre accoutrements, 120 tiered seating, back stage, dressing room, wardrobe and sets area, foyer, box office and the best little bar in town, plays host to local and travelling artists alike. It is truly one of a kind and is here ready and waiting for you to visit!

Until Christopher Skase arrived in the 1980s Port Douglas was the archetypal Queensland coastal village – small, quiet and not wishing to be disturbed . But there was always a strong theatrical element – boisterous, fun-loving and irreverent.

Under various names – Port Douglas Players, the Troubadours – revues and plays were put on wherever a venue could be found. Then, in 1982, the Douglas Theatre Arts Group was formed.  But the players were still without a permanent home.

Fiercely amateur and independent, the local thespians always dreamed of having a theatre of their own, although grateful for the loan of hotel ballrooms, foyers, restaurants and other venues for their performances.

Then came the stroke of luck that changed everything.  In 1991 the old Mossman courthouse, a sturdy wooden structure, was due to be replaced and the Douglas Shire Council needed someone to take it off their hands – for a price.

Councillor Paul Lucas said: “Why not move it somewhere else – and turn it into a theatre?” Local folk put their hands in their pockets, corporate sponsors came forward and grants appeared from the State and Local Governments. The building was transported down the Cook Highway to where it now stands in Mowbray Street, Port Douglas. With the expertise of architect Roger Mainwood and builder Jon Ewen-Smith, it was transformed into the 120-seat theatre we now know.

The building, completely renovated and remodelled, cost $600,000.

But it lacked a title.  So a Shire-wide competition was held and the winning name was put forward by a local, Joe McColum, incidentally a former Director of the Brisbane Theatre Company.  The Clink Theatre was born.

The name resonates with memories of the theatre’s former existence as a jail and ties in with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre which was built near the “Clink” (prison) in Southwark, London in 1599.  This notorious prison held misbehaving actors, thieves and ne’er-do-wells dragged from the local taverns and brothels!

Our Clink Theatre was officially opened on November 7 1992 by the then Parliamentary Member for Cook, Steve Bredhauer MLA and this year celebrates 30yrs.

Our theatre members are our biggest supporters and we cant thank them enough. If you love the theatre and wish to be kept up to date with the latest Clink news become a member today.

Click on the link to join up as a member today.

Memberships are only $20 per annum.

Our theatre family is what keeps the Clink alive and successful. We require a varying skill set of volunteers. From Bar staff, door staff, set builders, maintenance, costume makers, sound and lighting technicians and of course those that are keen to be up on the stage. Doesn’t matter if you don’t have the skills, we are happy to teach anyone who comes with the right attitude and want to be a part of something really special.

If your interested in learning some new skills, having some fun and meeting new friends all whilst helping out a community organisation, fill in the expression of interest form below and our volunteer co-ordinator will be in touch.

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POPSTARS Auditions May 26th 4pm register at www.clinktheatre.com.au ... See MoreSee Less

POPSTARS Auditions May 26th 4pm register at www.clinktheatre.com.au

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Hello, what sort of commitment is expected? How many practices per week and how many performances? Thanks

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Last chance to register for the Clink’s next production… if you see yourself in one of these roles please don’t hesitate to apply…

www.clinktheatre.com.au/upcoming-production-auditions/
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Last chance to register for the Clink’s next production… if you see yourself in one of these roles please don’t hesitate to apply…

https://www.clinktheatre.com.au/upcoming-production-auditions/
1 month ago

Tickets still available for Saturday afternoon show of "LA ROUGE", you won’t be disappointed…
Get your tickets through events.humanitix.com/la-rouge
#clinktheatre
#bodiesinmotion
#portdouglas
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Tickets still available for Saturday afternoon show of LA ROUGE, you won’t be disappointed… 
Get your tickets through https://events.humanitix.com/la-rouge 
#clinktheatre
#bodiesinmotion
#portdouglas

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What a brilliant performance! Well done Bodies! Saskia and crew 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❤️

1 month ago

Still seats available for the Saturday afternoon show…Extra show added 4pm on Saturday, Get Tickets from tomorrow on "LA ROUGE".
Tickets through events.humanitix.com/la-rouge
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Still seats available for the Saturday afternoon show…
1 month ago

www.clinktheatre.com.au/felix-williamson-workshop-2024/

Returning this year after the success of the 2023 masterclass, Felix Williamson introduces a new 2 day, Playing Characters True, masterclass.

Utilising his expertise from 30 years teaching at NIDA and working at Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and Bell Shakespeare, Felix deep dives into character, dialect, and truth in performance over this weekend’s Masterclass, May 4th & 5th.

“Felix has helped me indescribably with my characters … a great teacher “ RYAN CORR , Game Of Thrones
“I found Felix’s general style very easy to listen to and participate in.
A no-nonsense approach and focus”
Stephen Bigby, DTAG production of Cruise Control by David Williamson

Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.’
Age limit 17 years and over
Cost: $180
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https://www.clinktheatre.com.au/felix-williamson-workshop-2024/

Returning this year after the success of the 2023 masterclass, Felix Williamson introduces a new 2 day, Playing Characters True, masterclass.
 
Utilising his expertise from 30 years teaching at NIDA and working at Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and Bell Shakespeare, Felix deep dives into character, dialect, and truth in performance over this weekend’s Masterclass, May 4th & 5th.
 
“Felix has helped me indescribably with my characters … a great teacher “ RYAN CORR , Game Of Thrones 
“I found Felix’s general style very easy to listen to and participate in.
A no-nonsense approach and focus”
Stephen Bigby, DTAG production of Cruise Control by David Williamson
 
Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.’ 
Age limit 17 years and over
Cost: $180
1 month ago

After 10 years as our lead Musical Director Ms Alteouise DeVaughn has completed her swan song with the closing show of My Fair Lady.
Over the past 10 years, she has filled our stage with varying performance styles we would never have seen. From Opera to Soul to Gospel we have been spoilt with an array of talent that will sorely be missed.
As Musical Director she has given so much to our musical theatre community, always ensuring that our performers have had the best opportunity to excel on the stage and I know that every cast member will agree that she will be well remembered for making them a better performer.
We can only hope that she joins the ranks of Dame Nellie Melba and Cher and that this will not be her last farewell.
Enjoy a small sample of just some of the amazing talent that has passed by the extraordinary teachings of Madam Alteouise Devaughn. Thank You.....
#musicaltheatre
#portdouglas
#clinktheatre
#alteouisedevaughn
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Thank you Alteouise DeVaughn for all you’ve done for me within the past 6 years I’ve been with the clink, it seems the little Oliver has grown quite a bit since then😂 everything I’ve done with music wouldn’t have been possible without you, I’ll never have another teacher just like you. Thank you Alteouise ❤️

Will there be any plays or concerts on in May and June ?

Best wishes Alteouise DeVaughn you will always have a place in our hearts. Thank you for ignititing Cara's love for musical theatre. We are forever grateful.🙏❤️🎼🎶🎵

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1 month ago

A near-full house for our final My Fair Lady performance. Thank you to everyone who came and supported our local artists... we are blessed to have such talented people in our shire….
#myfairlady
#clinktheatre
#portdouglas
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A near-full house for our final My Fair Lady performance. Thank you to everyone who came and supported our local artists... we are blessed to have such talented people in our shire….
#myfairlady 
#clinktheatre
#portdouglas

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Absolutely amazing 🤩

It was brilliant show 🌟Congratulations everyone another fantastic production 🌟👏👏🌟

Congrats a fantastic show loved it 👏👏👏

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Last chance to register for the Clink’s next production… if you see yourself in one of these roles please don’t hesitate to apply…

https://www.clinktheatre.com.au/upcoming-production-auditions/
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Tickets still available for Saturday afternoon show of "LA ROUGE", you won’t be disappointed…
Get your tickets through https://events.humanitix.com/la-rouge
#clinktheatre
#bodiesinmotion
#portdouglas
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Tickets are selling fast for this years season of My Fair Lady ...

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“Let the time go by,
I won`t care if I
Can be here on the street where you live…”
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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“Lots of chocolate for me to eat
Lots of coal makin` lots of heat
Warm face, warm hands, warm feet
Oh, wouldn`t it be loverly?”
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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“An Englishman’s way of speaking absolutely classifies him. The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him.”
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#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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“They all thought she was dead, but my father, he kept ladling gin down her throat. Then she come to so soon, she bit the bowl off the spoon.
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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Oh I’m getting married in the morning, ding dong the bells are gonna chime…
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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My dear Eliza, I would say she’s definitely worth a fiver…
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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By gosh I think she’s got it…

www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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It shan’t be long until the rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain…

www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
#portdouglas
#musicaltheatre
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What do you mean you haven’t got your tickets yet to see the Addams Family… they’re selling fast….
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#portdouglas
#clinktheatre
#addamsfamily
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You’ll be as crazy Wednesday if miss out on tickets for the Addams Family… get yours www.clinktheatre.com.au ...

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Uncle Fester leads a merry dance with the Addams ancestors…
opens April 14 tickets on sale www.clinktheatre.com.au
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They’re here...... Yes the Addams family have finally arrived at the Clink Theatre and shows open from April 14... Get your tickets before they sell out... www.clinktheatre.com.au ...

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Another wonderful night at the Clink with Dolly Diamond entertaining a packed house… it’s only possible with the help of our fantastic volunteers… #clinktheatre #greatentertainment #volunteersrock ...

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Get your tickets for a wonderful night of entertainment www.clinktheatre.com.au ...

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The Douglas Theatre Arts Group (DTAG)

Clink Theatre 

18 Mowbray St Port Douglas QLD 4877 AU

POSTAL: PO Box 225 Port Douglas Qld 4877

info@clinktheatre.com.au

Phone:
07 4015 3216