New lights a nod to Lyric Theatres history in Bunbury CBD

Stuart McGuckinSouth Western Times
Elle Elias and Nathan Gardiner get into the spirit of the occasion as Lyric Theatre's new lights were put on show.
Camera IconElle Elias and Nathan Gardiner get into the spirit of the occasion as Lyric Theatre's new lights were put on show. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

New lights adorning the Lyric Theatre were turned on for the first time on Monday night as a “proof of concept” designed to inspire further projects in the centre of Bunbury.

The 305-light installation was completed by Spirited Thinking Design as a way of acknowledging the building’s history.

Spirited Thinking’s Peter Jago said initial ideas to illuminate the side of the building with projections were quickly put aside in favour of the the new lighting option.

“We stepped back and came up with a different way of doing something which was more about the storytelling on the building with a theatrical approach,” he said.

“I come from a theatre background and what you do there is pare things back to one simple idea, then make that work for you – less is more.

“It then engages with everybody individually and with each other so they start telling the story instead of you pushing your own story.”

The new lighting for the historic building was switched on by Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan.

It is a continuation of work on the building that has been undertaken since Mike Honeybell and Stewart Binnie bought it in 2015.

“It think it looks great,” Mr Honeybell said.

“It’s great for our building, great for the city and hopefully great for the tenants.

“We just want to make sure that this end of town cranks up because it will be good for everyone.”

The project was jointly funded by the Bunbury City Council, the building’s owners and Mr Jago.

The building was opened in 1905 as the Lyric Theatre and now houses Maker + Co, Green Depot, and Sweeney Todd Barber Shop.

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