KEEP ‘DULLSVILLE’ WELL IN THE PAST
IS Perth becoming a victim of its own apathy? Last fortnight Blur refused to play until audiences got out of their seats at Perth Arena, and now Perth Theatre Company has cancelled the second half of its season due to disappointing ticket sales and sponsorship. We regularly moan when international tours skip our shores, but what if the problem is more than just Perth’s geographical inconvenience? When we cannot commit to filling seats at the local theatre – even with rising Hollywood stars such as Jai Courtney on the bill – do we deserve these bigger shows? We broke record ticket sales at this year’s Fringe Festival, millions eagerly followed The Giants and Perth Arena was recently voted one of the top venues on the planet. However, it seems that passion is seriously lacking when it comes to grassroots productions. I sincerely hope this is the wake-up call Perth needed. Otherwise, a certain local news reporter may be forced to reintroduce the phrase “dullsville” into her vocabulary, and no one (especially her) wants that.
Rosanna Candler - Reporter