Visiting director gives Playhouse top billing

Charlotte 12 July 2016
Geordie Brookman at the Playhouse.

The artistic director of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Geordie Brookman, reckons Canberra’s Playhouse is the best theatre of its size in Australia.

Brookman is in town for the Canberra season of the critically acclaimed new Andrew Bovell play Things I Know to be True, of which he is director (read our review of the production here).

“I love this theatre so much,” he said after a scene run-through at the Playhouse yesterday.

“You walk on stage in the Playhouse and it kind of feels like the auditorium is giving you a hug, the way that it embraces the stage.

“Almost always when you bring a show here, it looks better in Canberra than it did elsewhere.”

“And it’s really beautiful acoustically. Everything carries in there.”

Brookman, who has directed productions at major Australian theatre companies including Belvoir, Malthouse, Sydney Theatre Company and Queensland Theatre Company, praised the Playhouse for managing to have a large capacity while remaining “incredibly intimate”.

Having brought several productions to the Canberra Theatre Centre in recent years, including The Importance of Being Earnest and Betrayal, Brookman said that anyone planning to build a theatre of an equivalent size in Australia should come to to see the Playhouse first.

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