Theatre remount culture needs a reboot

Dozens of new plays are produced in Australia each year, the majority of them never to be seen again. What can we do to change our theatre culture?

Photo: John Marmaras

Broadly speaking, the Australian theatre sector does not have a strong culture of remounting and reviving works. For every Switzerland by Joanna Murray Smith, produced several times by different state companies, there are scores of new plays which are staged once and never seen again. While some recent plays have been revived – Angus Cerini’s The Bleeding Tree,  Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT, Leah Purcell’s The Drover’s Wife – too many recent plays vanish all too quickly. 

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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