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“Riverside is, of course, not just about bricks and mortar. It’s the heart and soul of its community. Whenever I am at Riverside – whether it’s as a supporter for the wonderful Get On Stage initiative, as a performer, or just as someone with a ticket to a show – I can feel that the place is brimming with pride and passion. The old joint vibrates with excitement.”

Wendy Harmer (Broadcaster – Comic – Journalist – Stirrer)

“Riverside has been the central pillar of Parramatta’s cultural life since it opened. It has been fantastic to note and enjoy the great revolution in Parramatta’s night life over the years, no doubt in part stimulated by Riverside audiences having a bite pre show or a drink after to discuss the experience.”

Patrick McIntyre (Executive Director, STC – Ex-Marketing Guru – Arts Lover)

“Riverside Theatres approached me in 2006 with the concept of staging the Aunty Jack Show & Tell live. Riverside is a valuable asset that not only presents the best of local and overseas productions but is also equipped with the entrepreneurial skills required to produce, develop and tour new works.”
Grahame Bond (Actor – Writer – Musician – Raconteur)

Please pass on my congratulations and best wishes to Robert Love and everyone at the theatre. Riverside is the most innovative, dedicated, welcoming and supportive venue I know. I have many happy memories of my association with the theatre, and hope to continue that happy relationship in the future. Here’s to Parramatta Riverside! Long may it thrive.

Graeme Garden (Comedy Icon – The Goodies)

“The Riverside Theatre is not merely a theatre… what distinguishes it from any other theatrical venue I can think of is that it is a vibrant cultural centre for the community in which it exists…It has transformed from a theatrical centre to a communal centre, a cultural hub of life in the Parramatta district.”

Henri Szeps OAM (Actor – Playwright – Humanist)

“For me Riverside is the soul of Parramatta; it’s where you’re most likely to come across a foyer buzzing with members of one community or another, using one of the theatres to stoke the fires of their culture; and it’s where I had my first chance to see if Thank God It’s Friday would work as a stage show. (After multiple outings across several theatres, I think we can say the Riverside experiment worked) “

Richard Glover (Journalist – ABC Broadcaster – Superlative MC)

“I first worked at Riverside with the Sydney Theatre Company over 20 years ago. Parramatta, 20 years on, is a city with a diverse and sophisticated populous and this demands a flexible and state of the art cultural hub. Not only to meet the needs of those people, but also to lead them on into the next two decades of cultural growth”. 

John Bayley (Head of Production Sydney Festival – Technician Extraordinaire)

“Long may Riverside play host to entertainment, Australian, imported, large and small. So many theatres no longer exist. I have played with the idea of calling my next show: Cabaret Rooms I Have Closed, and Theatres I Have Outlasted. But not the Riverside!! Congratulations.”

Toni Lamond (Cabaret/Musical Theatre Legend and Star – Mother to the Industry)

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