THAT EMPTY FEEL­ING

For years pro­hib­i­tive costs of Perth’s big venues have fed a per­cep­tion of un­der­per­for­mance in the arts, but the re­turn of the city’s main-stage the­atres to the pub­lic sec­tor may change all that, writes Vic­to­ria Lau­rie

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Feature -

out­put. Yet it noted that a re­view of PTT an­nual re­ports dur­ing the past sev­eral years re­vealed a fall in to­tal at­ten­dance at the five venues.

“This is a crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the face of a ris­ing West Aus­tralian pop­u­la­tion and in­creased pub­lic aware­ness of the value of arts in so­ci­ety,” the paper’s au­thors noted.

“In a highly com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place, some PTT venues are al­most at risk of ‘white ele­phant’ sta­tus in terms of us­age.”

The re­port cited His Majesty’s Theatre, with a short­fall of 60,000 at­ten­dances (based on PTT 2011-12 fig­ures), and Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre with a 28,000 short­fall.

“Why are PTT venues not at­tract­ing a ‘crit­i­cal mass’ of hir­ers/pre­sen­ters be­yond their res­i­dent com­pa­nies? Is it a mat­ter of cost? Is it a mat­ter of in­ad­e­quate pro­mo­tion of the venues to po­ten­tial hir­ers/pre­sen­ters? Is it that the venues don’t meet the needs of po­ten­tial hir­ers/ pre­sen­ters in terms of au­di­to­rium size, fa­cil­i­ties, cater­ing, staffing, pro­mo­tion and pro­file? Do they lack flex­i­bil­ity?”

Ac­tor, play­wright

and pro­ducer Humphrey Bower; the Perth Con­cert Hall in­te­rior,

be­low

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