Use it or lose it

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion - Matthew McIn­er­ney Re­porter matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

THE FIRST thing I no­ticed at last week’s Fes­ti­val of Small Halls was how stun­ning the Paragon The­atre looked.

It was my first visit to the venue and to a per­for­mance such as this, and I was blown away.

The per­for­mances, the at­mos­phere in the room – ev­ery­thing was per­fect.

The only neg­a­tive was the empti­ness of the room

I couldn’t fathom how only 50 peo­ple – mostly from out of town – turned up.

I felt for the Crafts, and that was be­fore I learned of the time, work and funds they put into re­open­ing the Paragon.

The Crafts are three months into a 12-month run: if things don’t im­prove the doors could close for­ever.

Venues such as this can be the lifeblood of the com­mu­nity, but they have to be sup­ported to last.

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