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‘Actions speak louder than words’ at MTC

09 Jul 2015

‘Actions speak louder than words’ at MTC Image

By Sarah Price

The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) Board has released a statement regarding small to medium theatre in its annual 2014 report.  

The report was released after Arts Minister George Brandis announced a $105 million bust on the Australia Council some weeks ago.    

Despite the absence of reply to the Brandis cuts, MTC reaffirms its history of “ongoing extraordinary and unstinting support for the small to medium theatre sector”.  

MTC claims to have invested around $1 million dollars and $500,000 in contra-support in more than 17 well-known companies.

MTC says artistic partnerships with companies such as Arena Theatre Company and La Boite and extensive investments have resulted in local productions touring interstate and internationally, while others are currently on-stage as part of MTC’s 2015 Neon Festival.  

The company presented a total of 676 performances in 2014 with a total paid attendance of 236,835 and 42 per cent of the audience new to MTC.

MTC says the future of artists and companies are enhanced and sharpened by productive relationships between major theatre companies, individual artists and smaller companies.

This is achieved by maintaining the small and medium theatre to host the acts.

The board also says it is important to maintain support for artists and companies to ensure Victoria remains a powerhouse of theatre.

For more information visit
www.mtc.com.au

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