The yawning gap in Adelaide’s arts ecology

Why does South Australia's theatre sector lack an equivalent of Belvoir, Griffin, La Boite and the Malthouse?

Brink Production’s Land & Sea (2012). Image via

Australia’s capital cities host a diverse range of arts organisations; most boast a three-tier theatre ecology, with mainstage companies such as Black Swan and the Melbourne Theatre Company at the top, smaller companies including La Boite and the Malthouse on the next rung down, and a range of small-to-medium organisations occupying the third, but no less important, tier.

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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