Why you can’t afford to stay home

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Richard Watts

Taking your show on the road isn’t cheap, but there are definitely advantages to finding new audiences interstate.

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Audiences for independent theatre, dance and other performing art forms are often limited, forcing even the most successful small companies to look beyond the confines of their own cities in order to thrive and grow. But without the backing of Performing Lines or a major festival, touring is an expensive option, as the many artists who return deep in debt from the Edinburgh Fringe each year can testify.

About the author

Richard Watts is ArtsHub's Performing Arts Editor and Team Leader, Editorial; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on community radio station Three Triple R.

The founder of the Emerging Writers' Festival, Richard currently serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's Committee of Management and on the Green Room Awards Independent Theatre panel.

He is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and in 2017 was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend.

Twitter: @richardthewatts