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Western Suburbs Weekly - - Theatre -

BLACK Swan State Theatre Com­pany (BSSTC) and long-term part­ner Rio Tinto have launched a new low-cost tick­et­ing scheme avail­able to all West Aus­tralians.

The Rio Tinto $20 Tick­ets ini­tia­tive, launched on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, at State Theatre Cen­tre of WA’s Stu­dio Un­der­ground, is a new con­cept for ma­jor per­form­ing arts com­pa­nies in WA.

Through the scheme, an al­lo­ca­tion of $20 tick­ets will be of­fered dur­ing the year for ev­ery main­stage BSSTC show at Heath Ledger Theatre in 2015, ex­clud­ing open­ing nights.

The sub­sidy for each ticket equates to at least 70 per cent.

Tick­ets are only ac­ces­si­ble on­line through Even­topia, two weeks prior to the show open­ing and op­er­ate sim­i­larly to ex­tended rush tick­ets.

BSSTC chair Mark Barn­aba said the ini­tia­tive was a way to reach out to more peo­ple.

“The devel­op­ment of new and young au­di­ences is cru­cial for our fu­ture sus­tain­abil­ity,” he said.

“This ini­tia­tive with Rio Tinto serves to over­come the price bar­rier, which has been re­peat­edly iden­ti­fied as the key fac­tor many have to experiencing live theatre.”

Rio Tinto chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Harding said the con­cept was the first of its kind in WA and he looked for­ward to more peo­ple get­ting to ex­pe­ri­ence the won­der­ful world of theatre pre­sented by the State’s flag­ship theatre com­pany.

The first round of Rio Tinto $20 Tick­ets for Din­ner by Moira Buffini will be avail­able on­line from 9am on March 4 at www.even­

Pic­ture: Jes­sica Wyld.

L-R: Black Swan artis­tic direc­tor Richard Wal­ley, chair­man Mark Barn­aba, artis­tic direc­tor Kate Cherry and gen­eral manager Natalie Jenk­ins with Rio Tinto chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Harding.

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