The Sydney Latvian Theatre has an executive, which is elected
by members of the SLT.
The 2009-2010 executive is:
|| Jānis Grauds, Andris Kariks, Jānis Dunnicliff
||Andris Kariks, Ojārs Greste, Māris Bruzgulis
The Sydney Latvian Theatre can be contacted by filling in the
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The Sydney Latvian Theatre was founded in October 1950. The
first play, "Tīreļpurvs" by Mārtiņš Zīverts, was
produced in January 1951 at the Estonian Club. Subsequent
plays were produced in rented halls until 1959, when the Sydney
Latvian Society built its own hall in Strathfield. Since that
time, the stage and under-stage area of the Latvian House
has been home to the Sydney Latvian Theatre.
Since 1951, the SLT has been staging plays not only by Latvian
authors, but also Latvian translations of the great classics
of world theatre. A list of the plays which have been produced
from 1951 to 2006 can be viewed here. The SLT is considered
as one of the most active and successful Latvian theatre groups
outside of Latvia, maintaining a high standard and presenting
a wide repertoire.
Some significant achievements by the
At the initiative of the SLT, in 1961 the first Australian
Latvian Theatre festival was held in Sydney. Four groups performed:
The Sydney Latvian Theatre,
The Australian Latvian Theatre from Melbourne,
The Adelaide Latvian Theatre ensemble, and
The Brisbane Latvian Theatre.
Since then, a Theatre Festival has been held almost annually
in either Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth.
In 1962 the SLT presented the first "Kaleidoscope",
written by Uldis Siliņš. This consisted of a series of satirical
sketches and songs. It made use of music and dance and involved
most of the SLT ensemble, as well as recruiting new actors.
Since then the SLT's "Kaleidoscope" has become an
almost annual show and usually draws the biggest audiences.
Sketches and songs have been written by various authors, includinh
some SLT ensemble members.
The SLT ensemble has included several playwrights – Uldis
Siliņš, Spodris Klauverts, Elga Rodze-Ķīselis - as well as
translators of plays – Lija Veikins, Hugo Kaupmanis, Mirdza
In 1972, 1974, and 1981, the SLT toured America and Europe
with its productions, and in 1989 and 1991 the SLT toured
Latvia with two plays. The SLT has taken part in all three
"Free Latvian Song Festivals" in Munster (Germany),
POrtland (USA) and Gotland.
In 2006 the SLT published a book called "Sparnotie gadi",
which lists the palys that the ensemble has produced over
55 years from 1951 to 2006. The book's editor was Anita Apelis.
The book contains programmes, photographs and reviews about
all SLT productions. The book can be purchased from the SLT.
The SLT's repertoire has ranged from Latvian and European
classics to contemporary plays by authors such as Noel Coward,
George Bernard Shaw, Chekov, Goldoni, Ibsen, Anouilh, Cocteau,
Sartre, Ionesco and Beckett.
Cabaret de Rīga
In 2007 and 2008, the SLT, together with guest musicians and
singers, presented a cabaret show based on the memoirs of
a waiter, who worked in Rīga's "Hotel de Rome" in
the 1930's. The show was devised and written by Jānis Čečiņš
who played the waiter as he recounted his memories of the
cabaret shows that were a nightly event at the Hotel de Rome.
The Cabaret de Rīga show proved to be very popular and toured
to the Latvian communities in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane,
as well as presenting several performances in Sydney.
See excerpts of the Cabaret
de Rīga show on YouTube.
See photos of our most recent production, Shakespeare's "Twelfth
SLT ensemble at its annual get together.
At front, from left: Uldis Misiņš, Anita Apelis, Elvīra Erdmanis;
sitting: Viktorija Mačēns, Ivars Apelis, Anita Misiņš, Dzidra
Mitchell, Ruta Ošiņš, Jānis Čečiņš, Andrejs Mačēns, Vija Erdmanis;
standing: Viktors Aleidzāns, Ojārs Greste, Inara Tomsons,
Jānis Grauds, Ilona Brūveris, Inārs Brūveris, Dagnija Greste,
Andris Kariks, Ilga Nemme, Vija Dukure, Vaira Zemīts, Rūdis
Nemme, Lidija Ceplis, Toms Mačēns. Enlarge
At the Christening of the book "Sparnotie
gadi" in 2006. From left: Ina Ronis, Inta Rogers, Astrīda
Ploriņš, Anita Apelis, Alfrēds Siļķēns, Lija Veikins. Enlarge
Kārlis Gulbers and Lija Veikins in
Anšlāvs Eglītis' play "Cilvēks grib spēlēt", 2004.
"Cabaret de Rīga" ensemble
in 2007. From left: Jānis Laurs, Andrejs Mačēns, Rachel Valer,
Arnis Tillers, Jānis Čečiņš, Andris Kariks, Linda Ozers, Viktorija
Mačēns, Tara Williams, Jānis Dunnicliff, Edgars Greste. Ojārs
Jānis Čečiņš and Andrejs Mačēns sing
"Bagāts un Nabags" in the "Kabarē de Rīga"
cabaret show, Sydney Latvian House, 2007.