STREET THEATRE ADDS TO FESTIVAL FLAVOUR
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