The Ambassador Hotel becomes a stage for Mackay's Festival of Arts

Published: 28 Jun 2022

One of Mackay’s most beloved heritage-listed buildings, The Ambassador Hotel, will become a stage for Mackay Festival of Arts performance, Read the Room this July.

Mayor Greg Williamson said July would be an exciting month of entertainment for Mackay, with ample opportunities for locals to visit new establishments and enjoy the arts.

“Activating different locations across the region was a key goal in planning the Mackay Festival of Arts program,” Mayor Williamson said.

“It helps build connections between our local businesses and our community,” he said.

“The two performances of Read the Room will not only be entertaining, but they will also give audiences a unique theatre experience in a heritage-listed building.

“The Ambassador Hotel, which was built in 1937, is a prime example of the city’s Art Deco collection and is the perfect location for this event.”

Read The Room host Jason Chong said the event would follow a quiz panel show format.

“During the show audience members will be asked to answer a variety of unusual questions live through their phones, while panel contestants try to work out the audience average,” Mr Chong said.

“There are variations on the theme including would you rather, moral dilemmas, comparing this crowd to the national average, but essentially it’s REALLY fun – the audiences have been really positive about it, and I love hosting it.”

Panel members will vary over the two nights Read the Room takes place. Mackay Musical Comedy Players and MY105FM will take the stage on Thursday night, while the Just Saying Project and Triple M’s Jay and Dave will take a seat on the panel on the Friday night.

Mayor Greg Williamson said he was looking forward to seeing some of the Mackay region’s local personalities get involved in this fun night out.

“It will be a night of unmissable entertainment combining pre-show entertainment with Jason Chong’s quick wit and a sensational panel of local talent,” Mayor Williamson said.

“We’re encouraging audience members to come early and enjoy the live music by Jonte and Tiffany Grace Vella,” he said.

Delicious gourmet platter boxes are available to order pre-event, and pizzas will be available to order on the night.

Don’t forget to charge your phone and get yourself ready to Read the Room, where it’s socially acceptable to be judgmental.

Thursday, July 7, 2022, at 7.30pm

Friday, July 8, 2022, at 7.30pm
Lush Room at the Ambassador Hotel
Tickets via the MECC.