Hello everyone and welcome to September. Spring has finally arrived! Hooray!!
Okay â€“ this is going to sound a bit strange, coming from the director of our current production, but my theme for this article is:
â€œItâ€˜s perfectly okay to NOT like a showâ€.
I have a pretty eclectic taste in theatre â€“ I love stupid comedies, and I love edge-of-the-seat character dramas. I really like wordy plays, and plays that play on words. I have no stomach for schmaltz, nor people breaking into song or dancing with/near/at each other. Many of my closest theatre friends are completely the opposite. They would rather scoop their eyeballs out with a spoon than sit through something by Tom Stoppard, whose writings I adore. And thatâ€™s great! How boring would it be if we all liked the same thing!
If you see a play thatâ€™s not your cup of tea, see if you can identify what it was you didnâ€™t like about it. It might be the play itself, or the style of play. It might be that you found the plot silly, or just didnâ€™t care about the central point the author was trying to make. It mightâ€™ve been a good play, but you wouldâ€™ve preferred to see it done differently. Thatâ€™s okay. Weâ€™ve all been there!
To me, going to the theatre is a bit like going to a restaurant with a set menu. You might see/smell/taste something youâ€™ve never seen/smelt/tasted before, and be better for the experience. On the other hand you might find something youâ€™ll know NEVER to order next time you see it on a menu!! Someone else will have adored the course you pushed aside.
Just because you donâ€™t like a particular show doesnâ€™t mean that you donâ€™t like live theatre. Itâ€™s a bit like Melbourne weather â€“ if you donâ€™t like whatâ€™s here now, just wait a little while and something more to your liking will come along (did I mention that spring has arrived?).
The challenge for theatre companies like WLT then, is to make sure our program of plays is varied enough that, if you donâ€™t like the current show, the chances are pretty good that youâ€™ll be blown away by the next one. Iâ€™m really looking forward to the release of our 2015 season â€“ Iâ€™m sure our Play Selection Committee will have something special lined up for us all.
See you in the foyer.