The ring of impropriety sounds a little too loudly in Don Aitkin’s cries to create yet another space dedicated to an elite art in Canberra (Canberra Times 12 May). Aitkin is chairman of the Cultural Facilities Corporation which manages the Canberra Theatre Centre and which I expect would manage the new ‘Playhouse at the Fitters Workshop’ following a similar model of costly and infrequent activity, with reserved seats of course for the citizens of Yarralumla.
If Aitkin is not too distracted by his ‘war on the printmakers’ perhaps he can let his attentive audience know his views as chairman of the National Capital Authority, with its interest in preserving the story and legacy of Canberra’s historic landmarks, what would it see to be the best and most viable use for the Fitters Workshop? what also Mr Aitkin does the NCA see for the future use of the Albert Hall? maybe the lousy printers should get a run there?
Much better I think to put the weekday music performances in the Bus depot itself – so dead six days a week it is said you can hear the sharp F of a pin drop. A space suited too to rock, dance, rave and larger crowds, but maybe not quite the level of chic required by the Yarralumla set? But then Aitkin probably has another plan for the Bus depot… watch this space.