What festivals can do that companies can't

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David Berthold

As the barrier consumer and creator disappears fluid formats are better able to meet the needs of an interactive audience.

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Like most Artistic Directors, I’ve always tried to balance the needs of artists and audiences. In history, of course, these needs have never perfectly aligned, and nor should they ever. But the gap between what artists want to make and what audiences want to see is now wider than I’ve ever known it.

About the author

David Berthold is a leading Australian theatre director and Artistic Director of Brisbane Festival.