Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

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