Kucom Theatre has been entertaining Mackay audiences for 70 years.
For many of those years, Kucom occupied an old Queenslander on Shakespeare Street that had been gutted to form a theatre with a flat acting area, with a racked seating capacity of 65. A small but well planned kitchen with servery catered for cold drinks and supper after the shows.
The Shakespeare Street Playhouse was sold in August 2010, and December 2011 saw the last production in that venue.
In the intervening years Kucom’s Building Subcommittee considered a number of options, including whether to buy an existing building and refurbish it, or to build a brand new playhouse from scratch.
In the meantime the theatre group has staged productions at various venues including the MECC, the Conservatorium, and most recently Paxton Markets. Committee meetings and rehearsals have taken place in The Salvation Army rooms on Gregory Street, and the CWA and Studio 53 have provided the venue for various Club Nights which are held three or four times a year. The unstinting support provided to Kucom by the operators of these venues has sustained the group while they make plans for their new permanent home.
When Mackay Regional Council generously agreed to lease the group a block of land in Snow Wright Court, Andergrove, the prospect of a new playhouse started to become more of a reality, and a General Meeting was held on Tuesday 28 October 2014 to give Kucom members, patrons and members of the general public the opportunity to put forward their ideas and concerns, and to vote on the shape that the new Kucom venue should take.
The outcome of that meeting was an overwhelming vote in favour of a small but functional design that will best suit the group’s requirements, both as a theatre and as a clubhouse for members. Regulars from the old Shakespeare Street venue enjoyed the intimate venue and the friendly atmosphere, which the group will strive to retain – though with a somewhat larger seating capacity.
In November 2015 Kucom received a grant of $250,000 from Mackay Regional Council through the Better Communities Building Fund. Building plans were drawn up and submitted to Council, a local building firm was selected (SJ Taylor Constructions Pty Ltd), and finally our new home is about to become a reality – in the same year as Kucom’s 70th birthday!
Follow our progress here: https://kucomtheatre.wordpress.com/our-new-home/