The Queensland Performing Arts Complex (operated by the Queensland Performing Arts Trust) has yet again excelled in being a shining example of exactly why the theatre industry in Queensland may never get to stand on it’s feet and be the success that it could be.
Under instruction from a client, I have been trying to get pricing and availability to mount a production in one of their venues later this year. With every other venue that I have ever dealt with all over the world – I gather this type of information by making a phone call, sending an email and then awaiting a response. I generally get back a technical specification, along with a schedule of charges – and dates that are still available around the time I was looking.
In the case of Queensland’s Premiere Entertainment Complex… QPAC… it took, 8 phone calls, 6 emails and that is to just find out that it’s $22,000 per week for venue hire and about $200 per night for first aid. I still don’t have availability, or any other schedule of charges.
Time and time again I hear discussions about why we don’t get any of the larger touring shows being mounted at QPAC… I can only assume those production companies experience the same problems I have and come to the same conclusion – stay well away from QPAC.
A fter having an extensive conversation with a wise friend, I have started to formulate an opinion about what will make for a successful performance company in the next few financially difficult years.
As I see it, given that corporate sponsorships, angel investors, government grants etc are all going to start to dry up, the reliance is increasingly going to fall back on us – the management, technicians, performers and musicians – to come up with financially viable means to keep ourselves busy.
I am of the belief that performance companies / groups that are able to switch to an “open book” style accounting so that all involved know where money is coming and going, and thus can have some sort of positive input in to the operation of the group will have the best chance at long term success.
I don’t believe in taking the ultimate decision making power away from those who need it, or changing the power structure that theater has developed over many hundreds of years. But what I do think needs to happen – especially if you are asking performers to give their time for very little (or no) money – is a sharing of all pertinent information so that everybody involved can feel completely connected.
I can think of many problems that this would pose, but overall – I think it may be one way for a struggling group to move forward. What do you think?
I have been searching for some time for an application that will run on OSX (on a Mac) that can act as a virtual sound desk (audio control surface). I have a heap of audio input and ouput devices including a Tascam US-1641. I also have a MIDI based control surface with faders and pots.
All I really want to do is be able to map inputs to busses and then map those busses to outputs. Thus – ending up with a virtual sound desk.
It didn’t seem like it was too difficult a task, but – as it turns out – it is. I even purchased Logic Pro 8 to use it as the mixer – because it gave the impression it did that sort of thing – but no… nothing. It has a “live performance” mode… but that mode doesn’t work with control surfaces… strange.
I would love to hear from anybody with ideas about how to get around this. Ideally it would be midi controlled so I could use it as part of our existing MIDI Show Control (MSC) system (including the CueServer, MegaSeg and QLab).
I am also a little annoyed by the number of app’s that are called “Audio Mixers” that are just playback applications. Yes, it can play back more then one audio tracks and “mix” them I guess – but that isn’t what I would call a mixer.
There is a fine line between justice and revenge…it just depends whose side you’re on.
After many years of hard work, Peter Glover – a good friend – has released his latest hit… Punishment.
Shot in Australia and featuring Nicholas Bishop and Roxane Wilson it’s an action thriller that is a fantastic watch.
For more information about the movie – check the Glover Productions official Punishment
Punishment the Movie