Theatre in the Public Space

Lucky Dumpling VIP Tent, Wed 4th Oct, 10:00am, 1 Hour Facilitator: Louise Bezzina 1st Provocateur: Clair Korobacz 2nd Provocateur: Lee Wilson

Australia is full of open and unusual spaces and places to make theatre and events in. Site and Community specificity are some immediate considerations we initially use to inform our practice when we make and place works outside of the black box: how are these works “portable?” How do we manipulate these spaces to tell our stories and provide experiences?

Key Points (Updated Live)

  • Discussed the need or lack thereof of an invitation for the audience, and how useful an invitation can be. The language of an invitation differs from person of ‘audience’ - whether they are well versed in traditional theatre conventions or if they are the users of the space.

  • The ethics of who is in on the show and and ‘get’s it’ was brought up. The unknowing ‘actors’ and the regular users of the space can be subject to voyeurism by the theatre goers and so a goal of these creators is to make a unity and blurred boundary between the groups.

  • Relationship to permission was discussed. Tackling the challenges that can be faced when the artist or specific creator builds up a reputation as an ‘antagonist’. Sometimes we need these antagonist to combat the, at times, oppressive squashing of art by figures with more power.

  • Liability is also another topic of discussion - understanding the unspoken rules and written laws that try to define aspects of and responsibilities of the space and creators and blurred boundaries. A successful method seems to be the making of and sustaining of positive relationships with those who oversee the space. This could be a ‘champion’ or a partnership with those in charge.

  • Another topic of discussion is the promotion of risk benefit to permission grantors. This builds trust and shows the way art can help the space in a real and tangible way.

  • Relationship to space - challenges the regular use of space the use of theatre and creates the legacy of memory for those involved as a spectator or a performer.