Talking Theatre in 2009: Only Connect

By Kate Foy

This is being written over 10 years after several theatre friends based in the UK and the USA Matt Boothman, Travis Bedard, ‘Old Bear’ and yours truly had been chatting for about a week on a site called Utterli – a kind of mini-podcasting application at the time. We’d turned our attention to the theatre’s use…

Brisbane: Wanted – a cultural reality check

By Kate Foy

I heard a great interview this morning on ABC612 Brisbane with Sam Strong, the ‘newish’ (since last November) Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company. Among other things, Sam sketched out some of his ideas to make QTC a national theatre leader. Anyway, it was exciting and refreshing to hear Sam hint at his plans and talk up his…

Talkbacks and Feedbacks get more social

By Kate Foy

The theatre tribe in my neck of the woods uses Facebook … a lot. They’re gradually coming round to Twitter. Blogs are not as popular … no surprises there. Social networking is being used, as you might expect, as a community support mechanism providing news, keeping in touch, promoting shows, providing links to items of…

Quote of the Day: on the morality of arts marketing …

By Kate Foy

… the fact of the matter is that arts marketers are not in the business of selling cigarettes or cars or toilet paper. We’re in the business of selling art. And, theatre is distinguishable from all other arts because it is the one medium in which there is a direct expression of the human condition.…

Quote of the day: on honesty and quality

By Kate Foy

As always, read the whole post Why They Don’t Come Back (yes, on audiences and theatre) from a newly-discovered US-based blogger.  This is a snippet that resonates with me right now. I think it’s in our interest to be a lot harder on theatre-making. How many of your friends are working on a bad show…

Indie Theatre: how can you tell?

By Kate Foy

Icons, branding, labels … the medium as message, but what’s the message or meaning when it comes to theatre labels?  There are lots around, and I’m curious about one in particular – independent. I see it and its diminutive and the very buzzy word indie everywhere.  I’m sufficiently that way inclined – too much of…