Theatre companies can't afford to perform in WA's State Theatre

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Andrew Lewis

Prohibitive costs mean theatre companies often find it impossible to make a profit at WA’s State Theatre.

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I directed the Gala Opening for the much anticipated State Theatre Centre of WA two years ago.  It was an honour to be chosen to direct this event and a privilege to work in this wonderful new building.  The WA theatre community had waited 30 years for a state theatre.  After a lot of broad consultation and $100 million we now had a state of the art venue housing two theatre spaces in the heart of the arts precinct in Northbridge.  The venue piqued the public’s interest and thousands of people came for a look in the first days.

About the author

Associate Professor Andrew Lewis is Program Director of Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).