It’s time to tell me what you want…what you really, really want.

In the past year Sydney’s Independent scene has been shaken about and jostled – B-Sharp was dissolved, venues have hiked up their hire prices, companies are moving to different venues and other companies are slowing down, changing direction, offering programs that were developed under a different State Government Art Ministry – and where does that leave us?

It leaves us in the position of grand possibility.

What do you want?

What do you need?

If the space was there, what would you do with it?

To bring you up to speed on what I’m specificly reacting to, some of you may have seen Diana Simmonds’ Facebook Note:
“Tonight (Monday) Sydney City Council unanimously resolved to request the CEO to investigate the option of retaining a theatre in the Reg Murphy Centre, Greenknowe Avenue and to recommend the most appropriate management model. In her remarks on her Lord Mayoral Minute, the Lord Mayor made it clear that her intention is that the Darlinghurst Theatre will continue to operate as a theatre once the Darlinghurst Theatre Company transfers to its new home in the Burton Street Tabernacle.She spoke about the importance of small theatres, and the shortage of small theatres due several small theatres being lost over the past 20/30 years. This is great news for Sydney’s independent theatre scene. Now what peeps?? Action!!”

So it’s time for some action folks!

I have a few ideas I’d like to tell you about, and a model for a company to assist in the development and promotion of new Australian work…. and I’d love to hear YOUR thoughts, YOUR interest… what you want – and hopefully create a space for artists to practice AND produce. This is an invitation for playwrights, actors, directors passionate about the creation of new work, and the formation of a new company.

A discussion will be held:

MONDAY 23rd May, 2011
Studio #10, Fraser Studios
10–14 Kensington Street, Chippendale NSW 2008 AUSTRALIA
RSVP by 21st May 2011