The­atre team has ten hit sea­sons

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SYD­NEY’S Com­pany B the­atre com­pany and Op­tus have cel­e­brated the 10th an­niver­sary of their part­ner­ship with the cen­tre­piece — the Com­mu­nity Ac­cess Pro­gram — con­tin­u­ing to bring the­atre to those less for­tu­nate than oth­ers. The two launched the Com­mu­nity Ac­cess Pro­gram in 2006, and it has grown in­creas­ingly suc­cess­ful, says Com­pany B gen­eral man­ager, Brenna Hob­son. ‘‘ There’s noth­ing more ex­cit­ing than see­ing a line around the block an hour be­fore each mati­nee, and just know­ing that , with Op­tus’s sup­port, we’re able to have groups come from a range of char­i­ties dur­ing the sea­son.’’ The scheme com­prises a char­i­ta­ble tick­ets pro­gram and an un­waged per­for­mance pro­gram. Through the char­i­ta­ble tick­ets pro­gram, 600 tick­ets each year are made avail­able to Op­tus’s 13 char­ity part­ners, which in­clude Autism Spec­trum, be­yond­blue, The Can­cer Coun­cil, Kids Help Line, Mis­sion Aus­tralia, The Sal­va­tion Army, The Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion and World Vi­sion. Through the un­waged per­for­mance pro­gram, Com­pany B of­fers free-ofcharge per­for­mances to peo­ple with no in­come, al­low­ing them to see shows they would oth­er­wise not be able to. While this unique ini­tia­tive was in place be­fore the col­lab­o­ra­tion with Op­tus, Op­tus’s in­volve­ment has helped Com­pany B to spread the word to more than 520 or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing health cen­tres, hos­tels, refuges and youth, hous­ing and em­ploy­ment ser­vices. Jann Kohlman, Op­tus’s group man­ager for spon­sor­ship and com­mu­nity pro­grams, says Op­tus is ‘‘ very com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing we give back to the com­mu­nity and en­hance our cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity by help­ing peo­ple con­nect’’. Com­pany B and Op­tus share a ‘‘ chal­lenger spirit’’, she adds. ‘‘ Op­tus is very much a chal­lenger brand in the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions mar­ket, aim­ing to de­liver a su­pe­rior cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, just as Com­pany B aims to sur­prise and de­light audiences’’. Here, then, is to next ten years. " We’re looking for­ward to it."

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