Theatre’s not just for the big stages
THE arts are just as important to a small town as in any bigger town, federal arts Minister Mitch Fifield was told when he dropped in on the Clink last week.
“I told the Minister that I met a woman in her early 20s who had come to see Annie last year, and she told me it was the first time she had ever been to a live theatre show,” DTAG’s president Mr Kerr said after the meeting, which had been set up by federal MP for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch.
“It was important that the minister, whose department provides much of the money for arts grants, see our beautiful old girl and see what we do here and why we do it,” Mr Kerr said.
The significance to children in regional and remote places having access to the theatre was discussed and how seeing live productions gives children meaning to their singing, music and dance lessons.
“I also explained to the Minister that we at The Clink only apply for grants when we really need them,” he said, “like when we try to book a big name to come up, we need to not only pay their appearance fee but also their airfares and accommodation so this is only possible with the help of grants.”
Current grant applications include funds for a solar power system for The Clink Theatre through the Office of Liquor and Gaming.
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