A standing ovation for SA State Theatre Co

The State Theatre Company of South Australia revealed a strong operating result for 2014–15 with a healthy surplus of $158,991, raising the company’s reserves by 22 per cent to $877,845.

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A standing ovation for SA State Theatre Co

The company broke its own box office record for the third time in 12 months, withThe Importance of Being Earnesteclipsing the record set only two months earlier byNeighbourhood Watch. It also recorded a sold-out season during the Adelaide Festival with theBeckett Triptych.

Executive Director/Producer Rob Brookman said, ‘This has been another excellent year for thecompany that has delivered on every front—in the quality and number of performances, audience and critical responses, and our burgeoning role as a player on the national stage.’

He described the company’s first tour to New York with State Theatre’s co-production with Windmill Theatre ofPinocchio as ‘the icing on the cake’. While there the company played 13 performances at the New Victory Theatre on Broadway to soldout houses and excellent reviews and audience reactions.

During 2014–15, the company produced, presented or co-presented 13 productions and played 305 performances to audiences of 92,489 in South Australia, interstate and overseas.

The range of collaborations that have been a hallmark of Rob and Geordie Brookman’s tenure was further extended. In 2014–15 State Theatre Company co-produced or co-presented with Griffin Theatre, Windmill Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, the Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne Festivals, Andrew McKinnon, Adelaide Festival Centre, Arts Projects Australia, Torqueshow and Vitalstatistix.

The company, with Arts SA and the office of Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling, is now mapping out the practical steps it needs to take to move away from its current structure as a Statutory Authority to that of a private not-for-profit company.

It expects this change to take place on 20 June 2016.

It also continues to explore the possibility of a second home and theatre hub in the Fowlers Building in the Lion Arts Centre.

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