Postcards from the Australian Theatre Forum

From an overview of national practice to the success of cultivating diverse voices on the stage, ATF 2017 heard a range of short but valuable presentations.

Merlynn Tong’s Blue Bones. Image by Dylan Evans for Playlab.

Each day at the Australian Theatre Forum in Adelaide, in addition to the usual array of panels, keynotes and breakout sessions, the audience heard from a range of presenters in a series of ultra-short presentations called ‘firecrackers’.

Speakers covered a range of topics in such sessions, including a breakdown of the audience at the ATF, the upcoming Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM), and more.

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Richard Watts OAM is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, a Melbourne Fringe Festival Living Legend, and was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize in 2020. In 2021 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Green Room Awards Association. Most recently, Richard received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts