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“4:12pm and we’re sitting collected in the Visy theatre at the Brisbane Powerhouse, and I think I can speak for everyone – if not at least for super bloggers Augusta Supple and myself, who collectively have typed somewhere in the air of one million words in the past three days – when I say we are exhausted. It has been a huge three days. Mine weren’t helped by the lovely hobbling and limping I’ve been having fun with, thanks to the sprained ankle I received after hitting the Brisbane galleries a bit too hard. Yeah, I’m hardcore.”

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“In the final session of the Australian Theatre Forum it was time to descend into the VISY for the summing up of the findings hosted by Anni Davey and Wesley Enoch to reveal the democratically decided issues considered by the delegates to be most pressing. Of course there was the disclaimer that this was not a list of the only priorities “just what has floated up to the surface.” ”

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I am serving memory, story and possibility
The first course will not be eaten but inhaled
smell- childhood
smell- fatherhood
smell- the neighbourhood you grew up in.

A love letter from the edge
By Candy Bowers
A reflection (a poem) written on the second day at the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum.
“First I want to say that I will always love you. To be honest I don’t know how I’m going to live without you. I’ve loved you since I was a child. I remember the day my mother introduced me to you. It was a Saturday afternoon at Monash University. You were dressed as a white rabbit and a little girl called Alice.”

“The Australian Theatre Forum. Where to begin? For the past two days, I’ve been locked in a box with 260 theatre makers – performers, directors, designers, composers, writers, critics, arts funders, bloggers, producers. They came from all ends of Australia, from the regions and the capital cities, from the major companies to tiny independent outfits, descending on the Brisbane Powerhouse by the river to talk, drink, socialise, exchange and plot as only theatre makers can.”

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“Theatre practitioners, producers and commentators from across the country descended on Brisbane’s Powerhouse this week to discuss the future of their industry at the 2011 Australian Theatre Forum. Amidst a frantic program of events, the discussion was passionate, the ideas were inspiring and the setting – fantastic!”

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“Up bright and early (or early, anyway) on the first morning of the Australian Theatre Forum in Brisbane, where I’ll soon be joining hundreds of other theatre workers from across the country to discuss challenges facing the industry over the next decade. I did write something last night but it morphed midway through into something way too weird and sad to show the world, so you’ll have to make do with whatever I can write on the fly.”

Theatre industry converges at ATF 2011 – less than three weeks away! Kyle Morrison from Perth’s YIRRA YAAKIN Theatre Company, Alison Croggon who runs influential review blog THEATRE NOTES, performance maker and media artist Amitesh Grover from New Delhi, and Kristine Landon-Smith, joint founder and Artistic Director of TAMASHA theatre company in London, are among the remarkable speakers addressing the Australian Theatre Forum 2011: Convictions + Connections, from 14–16 September at Brisbane Powerhouse.

More than 250 of Australia’s theatre companies and theatre makers will gather to exchange ideas and to hear from speakers including Rosemary Myers, Darren O’Donnell, Wesley Enoch, Yaron Lifschitz, Sandra Phillips, Lenine Bourke, Paschal Daantos Berry and Candy Bowers.

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Australian Theatre Forum 2011: Time to Register!   From 15 June, professional theatre makers from around Australia can register for “Convictions + Connections: the Australian Theatre Forum 2011”. The ATF brings together more than 300 theatre industry delegates from 14–16 September at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

“This is the event of the year for professional Australian theatre makers,” said Forum Curator Fiona Winning. “We’ll be teasing out some of the theatre industry’s biggest issues, exchanging ideas and coming up with strategies to ensure theatre-making in this country thrives in the years to come.”

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“Theatre makers and arts workers from around Australia will convene for the second Australian Theatre Forum, to take place in Brisbane this September…” (Read full article.)