Posts tagged ‘funding’


…after the furore of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards had settled (has it?); it occurred to me that there was a writer’s festival on, and I really should get a wriggle onto being there. And maybe tell a few people what happened. But that’s a story for another day, as one conversation lead to the conclusion that We Need to Talk About Funding, Kevin – what’s thirty grand in the scheme of things when Ms Blanchett asked for thirty million back in February and scarcely got a mention in the Federal Arts budget? Apparently business as usual is good enough for those of us struggling to get a snifter of a wage in creating new Australian theatre.

Continue Reading 26/05/2010 at 8:22 pm 10 comments


It’s a fundament of my approach to arts criticism that as critics we must constantly engage in creative practice. Whether it’s writing plays or performing or offering dramaturgy to a friend’s work in progress or whatever, unless you are also working in the arts your critical commentary is, well – academic.

Continue Reading 01/04/2010 at 1:02 pm 4 comments

Surviving in the Mainstrrrm

A prologue / preview / preamble / preliminary post pre-empting a progressive persuasion, picking apart the preconceptions of popular culture, performance and post-Howard arts funding.

Part Zero: Survivor Season Twenty: Heroes vs Villains

I’m no friend to ‘reality’ TV but this has become one of my favourite shows of recent times. It’s pure-grilled American cheese, true; and after ten years and nineteen seasons you have to hand it to the folks behind this for keeping it real. Rarely have you seen characters of this complexity outside HBO; and for that, each self-contained series provides its own fascinating insight into the human condition.

Continue Reading 09/03/2010 at 11:06 am 1 comment

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