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 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