Grand Theft Theatre: An unreliable memoir

A new show made for Melbourne Fringe Festival calls on the ghosts of performances past.

First, that title. Grand Theft Theatre.

Is David Williams dreading a call from IP lawyers for a certain video gaming corporation? Or a brisk cease-and-desist letter before he’s even gotten his new show off the ground?

‘Actually, I can’t believe someone hasn’t used it already,’ Williams tells ArtsHub. ‘It’s just really cool. We did some research – Google searches, really – on it and couldn’t find anything. We initially worried that the whole Grand Theft idea might be a bit too much to live up to. But then we thought, if we don’t do this right now, somebody else will.’

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Acting Performing Arts Editor Jason Blake is a career arts writer, critic and editor. He studied theatre directing at the VCA and NIDA, served as arts editor for the Sydney City Hub, edited subscription TV guides and reviewed theatre for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2009-2017. He was co-founder of and recently publications manager for the Sydney Film Festival. He shares his home office with a possum.