Tasmanian theatre revival bridges pro-am divide

The inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards, to be presented later this month, demonstrate the vitality of a sector structurally different from its mainland counterparts.

Theatre-maker Justus Neumann in Alzheimer Symphony, nominated for Best Production in the Tasmanian Theatre Awards. Image: via Tasmania Performs

Last week, the Tasmanian Theatre Council announced the nominees for the inaugural Tasmanian Theatre Awards, dubbed ‘The Errols’ after Tasmania’s most famous artistic export, actor Errol Flynn.

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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