La boite Theatre Company : a distinctive history
Comans, Christine A. (2008) La boite Theatre Company : a distinctive history. Australasian Drama Studies, 52.
The Australian repertory societies and little theatres that flourished between the 1920s and 1960s are acknowledged by Katharine Brisbane as "the parents of our national theatre" and the forces that "created the climate out of which came the demand for an Australia Council"(Brisbane in Healy, 2000: 5). Yet, by the end of the 1970s, many had ceased to exist, unable or unwilling to make the transition from amateur to professional. The Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society, later known as La Boite Theatre was an exception. Not only can it claim a still unbroken line of theatrical activity since 1925, but also successful transformations, first into a 'pro-am' theatre in 1976, then into a fully professional company in 1993 that is flourishing today and appears well placed to continue to prosper into the foreseeable future. This is a distinctive achievement in Australian theatre history. The oldest theatre company in Queensland and the second oldest in Australia, La Boite Theatre Company is acknowledged today as one of the most financially stable and creatively viable companies in the performing arts sector in Australia. How La Boite managed this remarkable journey, despite numerous set-backs and crises, is the subject of this article. Space necessitates a mere scratching of the surface of the story, but a full account is available in my recently completed doctoral thesis.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australian theatre history, Brisbane's cultural history, La Boite Theatre Company, Brisbane Repertory Theatre|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Christine A. Comans|
|Deposited On:||19 Dec 2007|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:52|
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