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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company?

The Tamarama Rock Surfers (TRS) are a theatre company that was formed by a group of hard working and dedicated actors over 10 years ago. Determined to be able to put up the shows they wanted to they struck a deal with management of The Old fitzroy Hotel in Woolloomooloo. For the past 10 years TRS have been able to provide a space for some of Australia's best writers, directors, actors and theatre technicians to see their work come to fruition. The Old Fitzroy Hotel has provided that space and supported the endeavours of the theatre company all the way.

What is the difference between Tamarama Rock Surfers (TRS) and The Old Fitzroy Hotel?

TRS are the resident theatre company of the Old Fitzroy Theatre, which is owned by the publican of The Old Fitzroy Hotel.

How do I audition for upcoming shows?

TRS Doesn't hold open auditions as a rule. If their are roles in up coming productions TRS will announce these well in advance. Watch this site for news. We are happy to accept head shots and biographies to keep on file. Please address these to the artistic team.

I want to put a show into the Old Fitzroy Theare, who do I speak to and how do I apply?

Once a year, in early September TRS calls for submissions for the following year's main season. You can download the document from this website while submissions are open. Submissions close in late October and selected companies will be informed before the new year. the new season is launched properly in February. The artistic director of TRS is Leland Kean. All information is available on the submission forms. Submissions cost $25. We program a year in advance and launch our seasons in Feb/March. Slots are unavailable outside this process.

How is the season chosen?

TRS receives up to 80+ submissions per year to fill no more than 10 slots. The Artistic Director and a selected panel of industry professionals read the scripts and select on several criteria outlined in the submission form. TRS is well known for trying out new work, particularly new Australian works. However, this doesn't mean we exclude new international works, classic texts or more well known contemporary pieces. Details including breakdown of production and creative personnel is also scrutinized and can sway a decision.

How does the Late Sessions (8pm Sunday slot) work?

At the end of 2002 TRS started programming a late show on Sunday nights (8pm). This was done to maximise the use of the theatre and to give companies and individuals the opportunity to try out different sorts of performance. To date we have had cabaret, stand-up, dance, multi-media, music and short drama pieces programmed in this slot.

If the mainstage show is short enough, the "Sunday Slot" can become a late night slot (Thurs-Sun).

Is there disabled access?

Yes, to access the hotel, enter through the front door on Dowling street as normal. If you are not with any abled body person, please ask the bar staff to organise your ticket from the box office. The box office staff will assist you into the theatre before the beginning of the show via the Cathedral street theatre door.

What concessions types do you accept?

We accept the standard student, pensioner and unemployed concessions. We also give concession tickets to MEAA cardholders, ANPC and Playworks members and Hot Cross Theatre cardholders.

What do I do if I ordered a BLS (beer, Laska and Show) ticket?

You need to arrive one hour prior to the performance to pick up your ticket and allow enough time to eat before the show. If you have booked for the sunday show at 5pm you can eat afterwards as the kitchen is not open until 6pm.