Stick this in your capital and smoke it

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Julian Louis

Other countries use regional theatre as a staging post or experimental crucible but Australia is so obsessed with the majors it ignores the opportunities of the bush.

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If I were based in the city, I would not be creating the work I am making now. I would probably be searching for next year’s project by second-guessing that a particular play has something to say about the zeitgeist of the following year. The work I am able to build as a regional theatre maker comes from a specific place and emerges from a diverse community that reflects the complexity of contemporary Australia. Using improvisation, and working closely with a creative team and performers to explore thematic, or narrative, starting points creates pieces that inherently talk of today.

About the author

Julian Louis is Artistic Director of Northern Rivers Performing Arts (NORPA).