How an indie company hopes to drive an Adelaide theatre revival

Theatre Republic hopes to grow Adelaide's independent theatre sector, while also increasing opportunities for local practitioners and growing audiences.

A scene from Theatre Republic’s inaugural production, Lines. Photo credit: Olivia Zanchetta.

Officially launched in July and with their inaugural production now playing, new independent company Theatre Republic doesn’t just want to stage works of high artistic calibre – they hope to help revitalise the indie theatre sector in Adelaide.

‘When I first graduated from drama school – I went to Flinders University Drama Centre a little bit over 10 years ago – I started an ensemble with a group of fellow graduates called five.point.one,’ explains Theatre Republic’s Artistic Director, Corey McMahon.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend in 2017. In 2019 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021.

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