Curtain Up – Dim the Lights Floortalks


Curtain Up – Dim the Lights

The Grand Dames of Early Theatre in Adelaide

The current costume display at Ayers House Museum showcases an Adelaide theatre scene from the 1850s to the 1920s.
For a peak into the dazzling theatrical world of the late 19th and early 20th century, come see five mannequins dressed in garments from our vast costume collection.



If you are looking to learn more about the costumes and the life of a performer in the 19th and 20th century, come along to our floor talks on:

Floor Talk 1: Saturday 26 September 11am

Title“Don’t put your daughter on the stage Mrs. Worthington” 

Between 1855 and 1920, five international acclaimed ladies of the Theatre appeared in Adelaide.  These five ladies are presented in the exhibit on display “Curtain Up-Dim the lights”.  The floor talk provides a background on the ladies, not only their professional careers, but a glimpse into the lifestyle of thespians of the time.

Floor Talk 2: Saturday 24 October 11 am

Title: “Early Theatre in Adelaide

This talk give an insight into what could be expected when visiting Colonial Theatres in Adelaide and the type of entertainment they offered. It explores the early performers who sought their fortune on the stage in the early days of the colony and the lifestyle these performers had.

Please note that bookings are essential for our floor talks and can be made on the Ayers House Museum website, under the ‘Events’ tab. The costs are as follows:

$12 per adult
$8 NTSA Member





Ayers House Museum

Opens Saturday 5 September

Saturday & Sunday 10am –  4pm


Museum Entry

Adults: $10

Concession $8

Children $5

Under 5 FREE



288 North Terrace, Adelaide