Is theatre sustainable?

Reading the TimeOut London (Your critical guide to events, attractions, culture and going out in London) back in the 90’s, sold theatre to me, right then. I would attend as many shows as I could, especially the Fringe Theatre in London including the Finborough, Hens and Chickens, Hampstead, Drill Hall (does it still exist?) Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric, Orange Tree, Richmond and Soho Theatre to name a few! I could go on. To be honest, I miss these experiences, sitting on the stage with the actors, on Sunday afternoon. In New Zealand, it is tough to meet your costs, break even. So how do you do it, without funding or grants? Simple, you pay. charlatan clinic (Theatre company) has produced work for a couple of years and it has been challenging, albeit satisfying to write, direct or produce plays, into New Zealand and Australia. You need to love theatre to create it, period. Arts practitioners always need a day job, whether it be teaching, telemarketing or making coffee, that’s what you do. Theatre has been in development for some 2500 years, starting in Athens, apparently. Anyway, I am in it for the long haul, promise.

“My playground was the theatre. I’d sit and watch my mother pretend for a living. As a young girl, that’s pretty seductive.” – Gwyneth Paltrow

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