Inside the Company
Wednesday, 8.30pm, Studio There is a reason works of literature are frequently set at pivotal moments — it’s because the story is entirely new to both reader and characters. Something similar happens tonight in the debut episode of this smart new series about the inner workings of some of Australia’s best known arts companies. Certainly Ralph’s Public Lives explores life behind the scenes at Belvoir St Theatre, in Sydney’s Surry Hills. But what makes it fascinating is that it captures the theatre’s transition to the artistic directorship of set designer Ralph Myers as he takes over from Neil Armfield, who headed the company for 17 years. To start things off with a bang, Myers is directing (and set designing) a daring production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives in the hope that ‘‘ something insane’’ will help set a new direction. Next week, Wesley Enoch and the Queensland Theatre Company.