Developing an audience for a writer « No Plain Jane.
Just discovered this post on Adelaide Theatre Critic, Jane Howard’s blog, featuring a quote from Ross Mueller about developing audiences for new writers, and an inability (in Ross’s opinion) for Melbourne artists to have opportunities like those (apparently) available in Sydney – with Ross’ example Lachlan Philpott’s Silent Disco, recently performed to rave reviews in a collaboration between the Australian Theatre for Young People (www.atyp.com.au) and Griffin Theatre Company (www.griffintheatre.com.au).
My comments are at the bottom of Jane’s post, and reprinted below.
Response 1 (27/10/2011 – 12:12am):
Jane, you might be interested in looking at the work of MKA in Melbourne (www.mka.org.au). I’ve worked with them before and their commitment to building audiences for budding Australian writers is amazing. Sold out seasons in pop up venues for exciting and emerging Australian writers this year, and their latest Open Season (starting very, VERY soon) will see a huge number of works by new Australian writers shown to audiences, performed and directed by even more emerging artists.
Through my involvement with MKA, I’m rapidly developing a list of writers whose work excites me, and whose careers I plan to follow with my attendance at their shows.
Response 2 (27/10/2011 – 12:16am):
In Adelaide, Duende is working hard to provide opportunities in this state for emerging writers through their regular staged reading sessions in the studio space at the Bakehouse. (search for them on Facebook for more details).
Overall, I think that, as these companies grow (both Duende and MKA are still relatively new players in their respective markets) and organically build audiences through well chosen, well produced work, so will the opportunities for new artists to develop their careers – and audiences.
LinkAdelaide looks forward to it.