STREET THE­ATRE ADDS TO FES­TI­VAL FLAVOUR

Sunday Tasmanian - - Letters -

JUST danc­ing to the mu­sic of a gen­uine 1933 Fats Waller 78 RPM record at the Taste made me ap­pre­ci­ate how the fes­ti­val is so much more than rows of food stalls show­cas­ing the best of Tas­ma­nian drinks and cui­sine.

The old record turntable in­stantly cre­ated a dif­fer­ent dy­namic, small chil­dren were

cu­ri­ous and their grand­par­ents nos­tal­gic. Our New Year’s fes­ti­val is al­ready a win­ner but needs a broader Taste con­cept. It could be a time and place where vis­i­tors ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of old fash­ioned street the­atre ... live... and not on anti-so­cial me­dia; where chil­dren be­come en­thralled in hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and where qual­ity en­ter­tain­ers have honed their skills with the­atri­cal panache and not from the school of cheap laughs.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, once peo­ple get a taste of the Taste, the more stall­hold­ers will ben­e­fit. Next year, let’s re­turn to an ad­ver­tised pro­gram of qual­ity street the­atre which will cap­ti­vate adults, fas­ci­nate chil­dren and maybe even pro­vide ad­di­tional free pub­lic­ity for the Coun­cil. We have the lo­ca­tion, let’s cre­ate the dy­nam­ics.

P. Webb Sandy Bay

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