Club of WA holds a unique place in the entertainment scene of Australia-being
the only non-professional theatre, which has performances on a regular basis.
Fortnightly shows are held on Friday nights with some Sunday Matinee’s
throughout the year. The Christmas shows runs weekly on Friday nights with some
Sunday Matinee’s and some Saturday nights also.
originally in 1971 by Jack “Skinny" Martin to do a restricted number of shows, it
was found that the real “old time vaudeville” entertainment proved popular with
was mobile, giving performances in various suburban halls, mainly for aged and
disabled people. As the Club developed, more and more young people came to
appreciate the shows.
it was felt that the company could be greatly improved by the addition of a
schools of dancing were approached and the one that most fulfilled all the
requirements was the Trembath School.
Trembath had established herself as the leading teacher of acrobatics in
Australia when her pupils had a succession of wins in National TV programmes,
particularly in “Showcase”
invited Dorothy and her husband, Bill to come along and give him some
constructive advice for his show. One thing led to another and Bill Trembath
became musical Director and Dorothy, Producer/Choreographer.
Dorothy persuaded her youngest daughter Marilyn to become the Choreographer. Marilyn
Trembath had performed with many famous artists including Sonny and Cher, Dean
Martin, Wayne Newton and Lisa Minelli.
Comedian Dick Morris, who had been involved with the Tivoli for many years
became Producer/ Director after Dorothy’s death in 1990.
Rostron co-Produced a show with Dick Morris in 1992 and the following year
became Producer. Candy continued producing the shows until 2005, with her
daughters Alison and Kelly as Choreographers.
decided to try a few more modern themes as well as keeping with a lot of the old
time vaudeville. The reason being was that we were getting some younger people
coming to the Tivoli. This has also proved popular with our older patrons.
Tivoli decided to try something different by providing supper with their shows
and it was then that the Cabaret Style Tivoli came to fruition. This proved to
be a great move with Tivoli and our increase in audiences since then has proved
artists who have had some of their earlier experiences with Tivoli have gone
onto success in professional theatre. Some of them have become well known.
Names that come to mind are Patricia Stevenson, Peter McIlroy, Colin Hurley,
Tammy McIntosh and Jackie Love.
Tivoli’s dancers and singers have also gone into professional theatre with
Max Kay, and in shows in the Eastern States.
Tivoli Club grew both in size and importance it was decided to find a permanent
home where regular productions could be staged. After investigating a number of
halls in the metropolitan area the Club applied for and obtained the Applecross
District Hall at Canning Bridge.
and money went into the alteration and rigging of the stage and the first
performance was staged in 1973. It has been our permanent home ever since.
Shows have been staged on a regular basis with remarkable success and a large
sum of money has been raised for various non- profit organization.
Club is one of the few organizations of this type, which is entirely self
supporting and does not receive any subsidy from the Arts council. All the cast
and crew are volunteers who give their time and effort willingly.
1980’s a School for juniors was started at the Tivoli. It was originally called
“The Melville school of Stagecraft” but later became know affectionately as “The
We can proudly boast some of the youngest performers, producers and
choreographers in Western Australia. These talented youngsters aged 6-16 years
of age perform their own variety show once a month on the last Sunday of each
month beginning in April. Many of these young performers also become involved in
the Big Tiv as it is affectionately known.