Moneypro­vides artis­tic se­cu­rity

Townsville Bulletin - - Talk Of North -

THE Tropic Sun Theatre com­pany is set to hold cen­tre stage in North Queens­land for many years to come thanks to a $40,000 fund­ing boost.

The Townsville City Coun­cil an­nounced last week an in­crease in fund­ing for the pro­fes­sional com­pany.

The grant will go to­wards as­sist­ing the com­pany in its day-to­day op­er­a­tions.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor and founder, Jean-Pierre Voos, said the grant, an in­crease on the $15,000 an­nual amount the com­pany has re­ceived for the past few years, was ap­pre­ci­ated.

‘‘It’s an ap­pre­cia­ble in­crease on what the coun­cil has given us and it just means a num­ber of com­mu­nity projects are go­ing to be more se­cure,’’ Mr Voos said.

‘‘It gives us se­cu­rity for em­ploy­ing more work­ers and keep­ing them em­ployed and pro­duc­ing more work.

‘‘If you can em­ploy the ac­tors for longer, you can put on more shows and as a re­sult in­crease the au­di­ence base.’’

Mr Voos said the grant would help Tropic Sun build its au­di­ence base be­fore it re­lo­cated to the $8 mil­lion ‘arts hub’ sched­uled to open in 2008.

‘‘Lead­ing up to that it is im­por­tant that we de­velop our au­di­ence and gain a higher profile,’’ Mr Voos said.

‘‘So our re­quest for the in­crease in funds is very grate­fully ac­cepted be­cause it will give us mea­sures to build au­di­ences and pro­duce more projects next year.’’

Act­ing Deputy Mayor Cr Jack Wil­son said Tropic Sun Theatre was an in­te­gral part of the city’s cul­tural vi­brancy.

‘‘Tropic Sun is one of the few re­gional pro­fes­sional theatre pro­duc­tions in Aus­tralia and it em­ploys and trains lo­cal theatre work­ers,’’ Cr Wil­son said.

‘‘It not only show­cases our home­grown tal­ent but en­sures their cre­ativ­ity and com­mit­ment to per­form­ing arts re­mains in our city and the re­gion.’’

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FUND­ING BOOST . . . Tropic Sun gen­eral man­ager Lorna Hemp­stead and artis­tic di­rec­tor Jean-Pierre Voos

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