Anne-Marie Peard fills in for Troy Dodds.
By Anne-Marie Peard, filling in for Troy Dodds
Reviewers: you either love us a little bit too much or we’re ignorant, bitchy wannabes who wouldn’t know art if it bit us on the bum and left a nice pattern. (Which may be true.)
This year I’ve been told I’m too nice, I’m too nasty, I write too much and I don’t write enough. So a perfect review is not too much, not too little, not too sweet and not too bitter? Sounds kind of bland, Goldilocks.
Opinion is merely that, an opinion. One of the thinks I like about AussieTheatre is that it welcomes the most diverse and opposing opinions. We all don’t agree with each other, but I don’t know anyone who writes about theatre who doesn’t love it to their very core. I’ve yet to meet anyone who has the exact same taste as me, but I love reading what other people think – even if I sometimes roll my eyes or yell at the screen as I’m reading.
So, please don’t trust what mere reviewers say – get out there and make up your own mind. Just keep seeing live art. See the stuff you’ve read about, the stuff you’ve never heard about, the shows people rave about and the ones they hate. You’re not going to like it all, and you’ll disagree with what other people think, but every once in a while you’ll be left breathless or in tears or laugh so much it hurts – and you’ll wonder how these glorious artists knew exactly how you felt and put it on a stage.
Thank you to Jo, David, Laura, Barb, Karla, John and Xavier (the wonderful team of Melbourne reviewers) for their words, knowledge, passion and opinions, and to Troy and Erin for keeping the wheels running in Sydney.
Thank you to everyone who reads what we have to say.
And thank you to every artists and creator who welcomes us to their shows.
Aussie Theatre Melbourne: Outstanding Artists 2009
Outstanding Productions 2009
Dead Men Tell a Thousand Tales – Mikelangelo and The Black Sea Gentlemen and The Last Tuesday Society
When the Rain Stops Falling – MTC and Brink Productions
Goodbye Ruby Tuesday – Justin Hamilton
My favourite of 2009