Australia Council withdraws support from youth theatre

Ten of 13 youth performing arts companies have lost their Australia Council funding, sending shockwaves through the sector.
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Publicity photo for Platform Youth Theatre and La Mama’s production of Martin Hoggart’s Expose the Clothes; image via Facebook. 

Outback Theatre for Young People, Cirkidz and Riverland Youth Theatre are among many youth arts companies facing an uncertain future beyond 2016, as the realities of the Australia Council’s reduced budget begin to hit home.

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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

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