2014 Anywhere Frankston launch

Good evening and thank you for coming to the launch of the very first Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston!

I’d like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay witness to the wisdom of elders past and present.

I’d also like to thank Page To Stage for performing their extract from A Midsummer Night’s Dream for us tonight.

I’d also like to acknowledge two people who unfortunately aren’t here tonight. Firstly, Travis Clarke at Frankston City Council who has been instrumental in getting the festival here and to this point. Also, Anywhere co founder Alex McTavish who is still two hours away as I speak. If I suddenly stop talking tonight, that was where Alex was meant to jump in and say something.
Anywhere takes performance out of the silo of a custom made theatre and puts it anywhere but.

Why? Because we feel theatre is too exciting, life changing, funny, moving and beneficial to the well being of a community to leave it locked up in a theatre where the only people who can see it are the other inmates and visitors with a day pass.

Let it out! Let it loose in the streets, the cafes, the sports centres, the train stations, the halls, the offices and the parks where everyone lives, works and plays.

By doing this it becomes a part of everyone’s lives. Theatre is about communicating, telling stories. Most of all it is about sharing and community.

That’s why Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston is here. Fifteen days of performance between 22 August to 6 September featuring 76 performances of 20 different shows through-ought the nooks and crannies of Frankston City Council.

Tonight we’ll hear more about exactly what you’ll find in the Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston program, but first I want to introduce the one and only speaker besides me.

Yep, only one other speaker. However, he does have an hour long powerpoint presentation. Only joking.

We wouldn’t be standing here if Frankston City Council hadn’t given us the go ahead to put on Anywhere Theatre Festival Frankston. From Frankston city, please give a warm round of applause for Councillor Hampton.

{Following on from Councillor Hampton’s speech}

Thank you Councillor.

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank Frankston City Council and the major partners who have played a vital part in getting the festival to where we are today – Frankston Arts CentreThe EdgeEastlLink and Mornington Peninsula Tourism. Their partnership are integral and provides everything from promotion of the festival on EastlLink and might I add, a very quick and easy way for me to get to Frankston, providing spaces like the front of Cube 37 rent free to promoting the event throughout the Mornington Peninsula region.

I’d also like to thank the hosting partners that are offering the spaces rent free for performers. This is what Anywhere is all about because it allows performers and producers to develop and present work that wouldn’t be financially possible if they had to pay a couple of thousand for a venue and the same again for technical gear and the people to operate it. Spaces are used as is as much as possible. It’s a win for audiences because its a new experience, the shows are fun and exciting and tickets are very affordable and finally, it’s a win for the businesses because every performance introduces new customers to their business.

In the 2014 Anywhere Theatre Festival Brisbane, our surveys showed that over 80% of attendees had not visited the host before and 66% were more likely to revisit or use that businesses services again.

I’d also like to thank the performers and producers without whom there would be no festival at all. You guys rock! So without further ado, I’d like to run through the program

{Head to www.anywherefest.com for the program}

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