The Galah Bar is back – remixed, refeathered and ready to squawk!




She’s back after 20 years: with a heavy-duty facelift and a false passport. Partly a homage to our history, but mostly a timely vote of confidence in our Border talent, the new and improved Galah Bar is a platform for local artists to tag and test evolving performance ideas in front of a live audience.

If you are an artist, you can get involved by expressing interest in performing at Galah Bar. Or you can be part of the audience at our inaugural Galah Bar on 15 April and help us celebrate the beginning of a whole new era of Friday night fun at the Butter Factory Theatre.

Galah Bar is a an unpaid (but loving) platform for local artists (professional, independent, retired, overlooked genius) to try out 5-15 minutes of new performance material in front of a live audience.  Theatre, comedy, cabaret, music, spoken word, plate-spinning, yodelling … if it’s genuinely interesting and created with love and talent, we’ll provide basic technical support, a stage and an audience.

If you want to talk to us about your act or piece, email or call Artistic Program Producer Beck Palmer: [email protected]  02 6021 7433

PS: Thank you to everyone who came along to the GALAH BAR Information Night on Monday 8 February.  We got some great feedback and ideas from the group. We also heard from people who attended the MRPG Galah Bar in the 80’s. Apparently a lot of fun was had!


Our first Galah Bar will be released into the wilds of the Butter Factory Theatre on April 15. Full details and bookings coming soon.

Stay tuned for more information! (You’ll definitely hear the the squawking!)


Rob Scott to depart HotHouse Theatre – sort of …

After 20 years with the company, Rob Scott is stepping down from his full time position at HotHouse Theatre in 2016 to focus on other projects. As Operations Manager since 1997, and long time collaborator with HotHouse and Murray River Performing Group (MRPG), Rob has overseen the building and technical development of the Butter Factory Theatre, one of the country’s most beloved regional theatres. He has been a key artist on a number of HotHouse productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Messiah, Australia! The Show!, The Pyjama Girl, and most recently, This Is Where We Live and Between the Clouds. His contribution to the early development of the unique HotHouse Theatre model for regional theatre cannot be overstated.

“Rob has been the backbone of this company since the beginning and he will be sorely missed by the entire team,” says General Manager Tahni Froudist.

“During his time with us he has not only poured his blood, sweat and tears into the very walls of the Butter Factory Theatre, but he has tirelessly mentored a generation of theatre technicians who have gone on to have successful careers here and overseas.

“He has also been instrumental in bringing to life the visions of countless artists who have worked with the company. We are so grateful for Rob’s continued support of the company and while we will miss his presence at the theatre and in our office day-to-day, we look forward to working with him as an artist in the future.”

Rob will continue to oversee HotHouse Theatre’s longstanding Technical Theatre Traineeships and will work as Lighting Designer on At The Hip, directed by HotHouse Artistic Director Lyn Wallis and premiering at the Butter Factory Theatre in November, 2016.

HotHouse is now seeking applications for the Production & Operations Manager position, which closes on 8 February. This is a key role working with the Artistic Director and General Manager to support HotHouse’s vision as a creative force in Australian theatre-making and a cultural force in our regional community, through an annual season of productions, forums and play readings.

For more information about the position head to our website:

For related enquiries contact Tahni Froudist, General Manager on (02) 6021 7433 or [email protected]