FAB way to find the­atre friends

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By NATALIE HOLMES

FIND­ING friend­ship and feel­ing fan­tas­tic are just two of the ben­e­fits of a new group in the Dubbo cul­tural scene.

The Friends And Bud­dies (FAB) Club at Dubbo Re­gional The­atre and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre (DRTCC) is all about en­joy­ing a show but not be­ing self-con­scious about solo at­ten­dance.

DRTCC man­ager Linda Christof said the idea came from au­di­ence feed­back.

“A lot of peo­ple com­ment they would like to see a show but had no-one to go with or they had re­cently moved to the re­gion and didn’t know any­one,” she said.

“We launched it when we launched our sea­son pro­gram, we have al­ready had loads of in­ter­est.”

Al­though new to Dubbo, the con­cept has been tested else­where.

“There is one other the­atre in Queens­land do­ing it. Theirs is called Plus One,” Linda ex­plained.

Other the­atres are quickly pick­ing up on the idea now as well, with DRTCC’S phone run­ning hot with en­quiries.

“They are in­ter­ested and have been con­tact­ing me.”

While the FAB Club has not yet re­ceived any mem­ber­ships, Linda ex­pects it will hap­pen quickly once word spreads.

“I think there’s def­i­nitely a need for this. You plant the seed and it takes off. It’s quite or­ganic. Once it takes off, there will be other peo­ple. It has al­ready hap­pened to a de­gree. This is just help­ing them.”

Linda said a lot of peo­ple don’t have a prob­lem with go­ing to the the­atre alone.

“But there are those who say they would have loved to go but didn’t have any­one to go with.”

Mak­ing friends:

Karen Ha­gan from Western Plains Cul­tural Cen­tre and Linda Christof from Dubbo Re­gional The­atre are both keen to see lo­cal the­atre-lovers join­ing the new FAB Club. PHOTO: DARCEE NIXON.

Not only will the FAB Club have new the­atre bud­dies to sit with, but they al­ready have that com­mon in­ter­est for post-show dis­cus­sion and fu­ture friend­ships.

“The FAB Club will be a new group of friends. And it’s about the full the­atre ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s the di­a­logue that the show cre­ates that you don’t want to miss.”

Linda hopes the group will be able to form long-term friend­ships – maybe even re­la­tion­ships – by be­com­ing FAB mem­bers.

“It has the po­ten­tial to evolve into a lovely lit­tle so­cial group that may get to­gether to at­tend other shows and events around the re­gion. It’s not a dat­ing ser­vice, but peo­ple might find friends. There’s no pres­sure, no obli­ga­tion and there’s no for­mal mem­ber­ship.

“The FAB Club is just get­ting back to the ba­sics of hav­ing a chat and you are both there be­cause you like the the­atre.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about the FAB Club, con­tact DRTCC on 6801 4378 or visit drtcc.com.au.

Western NSW Alumni’s an­nual cock­tail re­cep­tion

DUBBO-BASED nephrol­o­gist Dr Colin Mc­clin­tock will be the key­note speaker at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney Western NSW Net­work an­nual cock­tail re­cep­tion on March 9.

In 2002 Colin im­mi­grated to Aus­tralia and un­der­went spe­cial­ist train­ing in re­nal medicine and has played a cen­tral role in the ex­pan­sion of Dubbo Base Hos­pi­tal, work­ing in Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der health care.

Tick­ets are $30. Call He­len Pea­cocke at the School of Ru­ral Health on 5809 9400 for more de­tails.

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