Can live theatre in cinemas reel in new arts audiences?

What began as an experimental partnership between a cinema owner and a theatre company is proving a surprising lure for first-time theatre audiences.
three actors on stage in front of a large filmed projection of a horse against the sun.

As Perth-based theatre company Theatre 180’s Executive Director Rebecca Davis reflects on the past three years of presenting ‘cine-stage’ live theatre shows in cinemas across Perth and regional WA, she beams with a mix of satisfaction and surprise at their achievements so far.

‘We’re an independent theatre company that has always been about telling great stories that we can tour regionally as much as possible,’ Davis tells ArtsHub.

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ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).