Here is Scott Howie, Independent Artist and Regional Arts Development Officer (Eastern Riverina Arts)
Why do you work in regional performance?
There is space and time to develop, there is enough of an audience, its where I live and where I am committed to living, there is opportunity to collaborate, there are resources and infrastructure
Do you think a distinction should be made between performance made in regional areas and performance made in metro/urban areas?
Not so much, however I think it is important to stand up and say that regional areas have as much right to have resources to produce their own stories and works than be passive recipients of culture from rural /urban areas.
What would be the main advice you would give an emerging regional performance maker?
Do it, document it well, communicate what you are doing, find other regional collaborators, take advantage of regional funding, and if you take something to the big smoke, hire a publicist.
What can contemporary regional performance share with, or provide to, or national and international theatre industry?
Authentic representation of regional issues and stories. Links to real, authentic engagement with regional areas
Beyond the Limits – regional theatre in the national landscape is TNN’s major event for 2016.
Important note for those attending: Room Change from RSL Theatrette to RSL Jacaranda Room. Event still within Dubbo RSL, Cnr Wingewarra and Brisbane Streets, Dubbo NSW. Directional signage and announcements will steer you in the right direction should you need.