Shake it up
by Chris Mead
Australia’s theatre sector is described as alive, various, glorious, messy, idiosyncratic and even world class. But is it vibrant? Chris Mead from Playwrighting Australia says yes, and no…Artistic vibrancy is a glowing objective, a powerful beacon, a combination of merit and significance, effervescence, stimulation and excitement. These qualities and achievements remain, however, far from our everyday experience. While there is excellence in theatre, it is not consistent. While there is ingenuity, it is occasional. While we please some audiences, six out of every ten Australians have no involvement in theatre at all, a far cry from being germane to the Australian community.
So how might we shake up our theatre culture and our theatre companies to promote and incorporate artistic vibrancy? Indeed, what are the signs we are even interested in such vibrancy?
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