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What constitutes a memorable show?
Should a play still be considered admirable and worth recommending, if the sets are first class, the lighting outstanding, the direction imaginative, the acting amazing – never been better - but the script boring, clichéd and pointless? On this occasion the audience may depart the theatre frustrated and thinking what a waste of time and talent.
Or is the piece which has very little scenery, a few lights, the acting is wooden with the odd fluffed word, direction is dull and laborious, but the play has a brilliantly inventive, beautifully written script, a better show?
Possibly the play is one which is technically average, has good - but not outstanding acting - yet on leaving the theatre you realise that you have engaged in some kind of emotional experience? Perhaps you have laughed, cried, aroused, been scared witless and still are thinking about passages in the play a day or two later. Is this the 5-star production?
I realise that in the ideal show, all of these ‘quality features’ should be present, but isn’t the audience enjoyment factor the most important point of any show?
We hear of Art Galleries which have spent $20,000 on a pile of bricks, or recently in the UK of the 50,000 pounds spent on a standard urinal as the latest art. Likewise I feel that the number of productions which are weird and fit into some strange genre is increasing. There is a massive GENERAL public out there, which some producers may consider plebs, who need to be taught to appreciate the latest real and innovative theatre art. Are the public right or should a select few discerning theatricals receive preference?
The Da Vinci code was a massive seller, very popular but hardly the best written book of the year, but it was a good satisfying yarn. So how should books and plays be rated? Does the audience enjoyment factor matter?
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Just sitting and musing to myself about Festivals. Are we overdoing it? I speak mainly here about performing arts festivals. Here in Adelaide we know have an annual fringe festival even though the Arts Festival to which it is related remains biennial. We have the annual Feast Festival (gay and lesbian arts) we have an annual cabaret festival we have an annual movie festival and we have womadelaide. (I consider music to be a performing art). Evwen some of the local councils are getting in on the act. Port Adelaide is planning a community arts festival in 2007. I'm sure I have missed some. Does it devalue festivals to have so many? The Fringe Festival has become a festival of cabaret and tent shows with very little emphasis on theatre this is clearly a reflection of what the public wants. How much public money is spent on Festivals that could be spent on a more permanent way of encouraging arts?
"What theatre in WA needs is more support from the Government" has been a cry voiced for some time now, and it now looks like it might actually happen, just not in the way many would expect. $66 million dollars is to be allocated to the building of a new theatre in the heart of Northbridge, between Roe and William street right next to the Perth Cultural Centre. The new Performing Arts location will house a number of theatrical spaces, including a 575 seat main theatre, a 200 seat studio theatre along with rehearsal, production and general office space. The plan is to have the new structure up and running by the end of 2008.
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