In­side the Com­pany: Man­ag­ing Wes­ley

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Stu­dio Yes, we re­viewed this pro­gram last week, but it’s not ev­ery day a se­ries fo­cuses on Aus­tralian arts or­gan­i­sa­tions. This week it’s the turn of high-en­ergy Queens­land The­atre Com­pany di­rec­tor Wes­ley Enoch to get the pro­file treat­ment. Enoch tells us he made a rod for his back late last year by di­rect­ing a new David Wil­liamson play, Man­ag­ing Car­men, and launch­ing his di­rec­tor­ship of the com­pany at the same time. Born to an Abo­rig­i­nal fa­ther and a non-Abo­rig­i­nal mother, Enoch mar­vels that they were able to stay to­gether in Queens­land dur­ing the racial ten­sions of the 1980s. A well-made pro­file of a charm­ing, tal­ented man who made his pro­fes­sional act­ing de­but with the com­pany in 1993, Man­ag­ing Wes­ley is full of fas­ci­nat­ing de­tails about a life lived for the the­atre. It’s also a ter­rific in­sight into what it takes to be an artis­tic di­rec­tor in an es­tab­lished Aus­tralian arts com­pany.

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