Funding crisis forces Rock Surfers Theatre Company to close

Having failed to receive AusCo project funding in the September round, the company has shut its doors for good.
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Image via Rock Surfers Theatre Company’s Facebook page

Sydney’s Rock Surfers Theatre Company has announced its closure, effective immediately.

Speaking with ArtsHub today, Artistic Director Shane Bosher confirmed that the company unsuccessfully applied for Australia Council project funding in the September round – the same round which also saw 10 youth theatre companies defunded.

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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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