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Small, Medium, Large: Theatre Companies and Issues of Scale - A Case Study of a Medium-Sized Company

Comans, Christine A. (2007) Small, Medium, Large: Theatre Companies and Issues of Scale - A Case Study of a Medium-Sized Company. In Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference: Extreme States 2007: Issues of Scale - Political, Performative, Emotional, 3-6 July 2007, University of Melbourne. (Unpublished)

Abstract

"Surviving but not thriving". That is the message about small to medium-sized companies that Ian McRae, Chair of the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, has been delivering since 2003. In the Theatre Board Assessment Meeting Report of 2007, McRae strongly urged renewed financial support for this most important sector given the significant decrease over the last 10 years and the consequent decrease in new Australian works being produced. Without such support his prediction is that "considerable damage could be done to the creative infrastructure across Australia resulting in a loss of artistic vibrancy down the track that could be very difficult to recover" (McRae, 2007: 3).

This paper investigates one theatre company’s response to this unsettling scenario. How has the triennially-funded La Boite Theatre Company responded to this crisis? On the surviving to thriving continuum where does it see itself? What are key artistic and organizational strategies that have been developed to keep the company viable? Having completed a doctoral study in 2006 of the Company’s transformational journey from 1925 to 2003, I will, in this paper, re-contextualize La Boite’s distinctive survival skills within the current reality of fast disappearing federally-funded support.

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ID Code: 9000
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Australian theatre companies, La Boite Theatre Company, Queensland playwrights, Queensland stories
Subjects: 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)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Christine A. Comans
Deposited On: 16 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 19:30

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