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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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💵 Would you lend your friend $10,000? 💵

The Douglas Theatre 🎭 Arts Group presents David Williamson’s ‘Money & Friends’; a comedy about the follies of friendship. Directed by Nicole Carnaby and Produced by Marilyn Davison.

🗓️ July 19,20,25,26,27 ⏰ 7.30pm
🗓️ July 28 Matinee ⏰ 2pm
📍 @clinktheatre, 18 Mowbray Street, Port Douglas
🎟️ Book Online NOW bit.ly/MoneyandFriends
♿️ Accessible seating available on 0415822333
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💵 Would you lend your friend $10,000? 💵

The Douglas Theatre 🎭 Arts Group presents David Williamson’s ‘Money & Friends’; a comedy about the follies of friendship. Directed by Nicole Carnaby and Produced by Marilyn Davison.

🗓️ July 19,20,25,26,27 ⏰ 7.30pm 
🗓️ July 28 Matinee ⏰  2pm
📍 @clinktheatre, 18 Mowbray Street, Port Douglas
🎟️ Book Online NOW https://bit.ly/MoneyandFriends
♿️ Accessible seating available on 0415822333Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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The Douglas Theatre Arts Group presents David Williamson’s ‘Money & Friends’; a comedy about the follies of friendship. Directed by Nicole Carnaby and Produced by Marilyn Davison.
Money and Friends is a full-length comedy by David Williamson. Kindhearted Peter, a mathematician who embodies niceness itself, is in financial trouble because of his brother's bankruptcy. His neighbour Margaret decides to seek help from his wealthy friends who spend much of their time boasting about their wealth. But while his friends happily take advantage of Peter’s good nature in their own hour of need, how willing will they be to help him in his? A revealing clash between materialism and ideals..
NB ADULT THEMES
"The play's great strength is its comedy... characters damn themselves out of their own mouths: with perfect poetic justice they get precisely what they deserve." - Adrian Kiernander, The Australian

July 19,20,25,26,27 7.30pm
July 28 Matinee 2pm

Book Online NOW www.clinktheatre.com.au Accessible seating available on 0415822333

#theclinktheatre #moneyandfriends #portdouglastheatre
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The Douglas Theatre  Arts Group presents David Williamson’s ‘Money & Friends’; a comedy about the follies of friendship. Directed by Nicole Carnaby and Produced by Marilyn Davison.
Money and Friends is a full-length comedy by David Williamson. Kindhearted Peter, a mathematician who embodies niceness itself, is in financial trouble because of his brothers bankruptcy. His neighbour Margaret decides to seek help from his wealthy friends who spend much of their time boasting about their wealth. But while his friends happily take advantage of Peter’s good nature in their own hour of need, how willing will they be to help him in his? A revealing clash between materialism and ideals..
NB ADULT THEMES
The plays great strength is its comedy... characters damn themselves out of their own mouths: with perfect poetic justice they get precisely what they deserve. - Adrian Kiernander, The Australian

July 19,20,25,26,27  7.30pm 
July 28 Matinee  2pm

  Book Online NOW www.clinktheatre.com.au Accessible seating available on 0415822333

#theclinktheatre #moneyandfriends #portdouglastheatre

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Great play, one we can all relate to. A genuine comment on the world we currently live in. Can it gets any better...only if we try. Great laughs ..great roles, great writer. An even better space to watch it in. Book now.

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Paramour Cabaret are bringing 2 nights of debauchery to The Clink Theatre August 2nd & 3rd! Tickets are limited and they're selling fast! paramourcabaret.com/the-cabaret/
#cabaret #livetheatre #liveentertainment #portdouglas
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Paramour Cabaret are bringing 2 nights of debauchery to The Clink Theatre August 2nd & 3rd! Tickets are limited and theyre selling fast! https://paramourcabaret.com/the-cabaret/
#cabaret #livetheatre #liveentertainment #portdouglas 
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Get ready to dance, sing, and have the time of your life at the Clink Theatre`s next big musical for 2025:

🌟 MAMMA MIA! 🌟

Join us for a summer escape filled with ABBA hits, love, laughter, and `70s grooves. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for ticket details. Don`t miss out on the ultimate party on stage!

Registrations are now open on the Clink Theatre website if your keen to be part of the fun

📅 Save the date: April 2025
#MammaMia2025 #ClinkTheatre #ABBAmania
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She`s Back at the Clink Theatre... Comedian Vanessa Larry Mitchell left us all in hysterics last year so she is coming back for more.... 5th July Tickets on sale now
https://www.ticketebo.com.au/larrylaughsloud/teardrops-on-my-dildo-vanessa-larry-mitchell-port-douglas
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🎉 Exciting News! 🎉
🎵 Calling all music lovers! 🎵 Get ready to be transported back to the iconic era of the 90s with "Popstars the 90s Musical" at the Clink Theatre! 🌟
🕺💃 Brace yourself for an electrifying journey filled with all your favorite hits from the 90s. From boy bands to girl power anthems, this musical extravaganza will have you singing and dancing in your seat! 🎶✨
📅 Mark your calendars for the show dates: September 18 19 20 21 22 25 26 27 28 & 29
🎟️ Don`t miss your chance to relive the magic of the 90s and experience the ultimate blast from the past as our teens bring to life those pumping tracks. Grab your tickets now at www.clinktheatre.com.au and get ready to party like it`s 1999! 🎉💥
#Popstars90sMusical #ThrowbackVibes #ClinkTheatre #90sNostalgia
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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
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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
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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.”
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#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
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My dear Eliza, I would say she’s definitely worth a fiver…
www.clinktheatre.com.au
#myfairlady
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By gosh I think she’s got it…

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

www.clinktheatre.com.au
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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
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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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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