Other countries use regional theatre as a staging post or experimental crucible but Australia is so obsessed with the majors it ignores the opportunities of the bush.
If I were based in the city, I would not be creating the work I am making now. I would probably be searching for next year’s project by second-guessing that a particular play has something to say about the zeitgeist of the following year. The work I am able to build as a regional theatre maker comes from a specific place and emerges from a diverse community that reflects the complexity of contemporary Australia. Using improvisation, and working closely with a creative team and performers to explore thematic, or narrative, starting points creates pieces that inherently talk of today.
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