Audiences for theatre are now more targeted, specialized and niche than ever. Or are they? Is there still a way to get into our theatres a multiplicity of audience members who are curious and open, willing to be provoked and changed? Or in a context where there has never been so many competing platforms, are we heading into a hashtag driven future with the performing arts simply poaching and cannibalizing each other’s subscriber bases?
In this year’s Phillip Parsons lecture, award-winning playwright Alana Valentine reflects on her experience of bringing into the theatre the lived experience of diverse, community, regional and local audiences to hear their own stories in the context of the collective gaze. She argues that the unique nature of live theatre for an audience is both the individual and shared experience of ourselves and she explores how contemporary theatre, as well as entertaining, must still be a way to allow audiences to mutually connect with each other, to collectively face ugly and sometimes difficult truths in important and community changing ways. Using examples from her plays Letters to Lindy, The Sugar House, Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Ladies Day, Run Rabbit Run, Parramatta Girls, Ear To the Edge of Time and Comin’ Home Soon, Alana looks to the engagement of increasingly diverse and eloquent audiences and the sacred trust that artists have with theatre-goers.
Join us in the Upstairs Foyer after the event for the launch of the 2019 25A season, Belvoir’s independent theatre initiative.
This event is FREE but we’d like you to RSVP so we can save you a spot. Seats are strictly limited.
Monday 3 December, 6.30pm
Lecture commences 7pm