On the record: an account of regional non-theatregoers' responses to a selection of plays toured to northern Australia in 2004-2005

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Scollen, Rebecca. 2007. "On the record: an account of regional non-theatregoers' responses to a selection of plays toured to northern Australia in 2004-2005." Australasian Drama Studies. 50, pp. 183-201.
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On the record: an account of regional non-theatregoers' responses to a selection of plays toured to northern Australia in 2004-2005

ERA Journal ID9869
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AuthorScollen, Rebecca
Journal TitleAustralasian Drama Studies
Journal Citation50, pp. 183-201
Number of Pages29
Year2007
Place of PublicationSt. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia
ISSN0810-4123
Web Address (URL)http://www.uq.edu.au/emsah/drama/australasiandramastudiesjournal.htm#journal
Abstract

When groups of regional non-theatregoers experience a selection of plays and then report that most enjoyed them, could understand them, could relate to them, and would like to see more of them, the obvious questions to ask are “Why were they non-theatregoers? and how can we ensure that they now return?” This paper details regional non-theatregoers’ (or new audiences’) reception of plays to demonstrate how theatre is perceived by the recently-introduced. By better understanding new audiences and their reception of plays, more effective decisions can be made to impact on the creation of new work, the programming of seasonal repertoire, and the marketing of plays with this significant segment of the community in mind. Likewise, the non-theatregoers’ introduction to ‘the world of theatre’ enables them to directly experience live plays and to become more knowledgeable about what the theatre has to offer and how they might engage with it.

Keywordstheatre, non-theatregoers, regional, Queensland, audience reception, focus groups, questionnaires, new audiences, performing arts
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020360403. Drama, theatre and performance studies
360201. Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
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