Space woes afflict Adelaide theatre-makers

Adelaide’s theatre sector lacks appropriate and accessible space. Is redeveloping Queen’s Theatre the answer?

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In 2012, a South Australian Performance Makers Forum identified the need for a central, well-equipped, curated, 120-200 seat venue as a priority for the city’s theatre sector.

Two years later, the lack of flexible and accessible theatre space continues to directly and adversely impact on the state’s companies.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts