by TJ Dawe
Over the past five years I've noticed friends trying to build on a hometown success only getting accepted into one or two festivals. Or none.
Theatre students are exposed to more of this stuff. More of them are graduating and going in that direction instead of solely auditioning, or auditioning at all.
But I'm sorry to see the decline of across-the-circuit touring. A nine festival tour translates to roughly sixty performances. A show grows in that span. It can't not. You learn as a performer. If it's your script, you'll change it as you go, based on how it's playing. It's an excellent, on-your-feet education.
Give it another 20 years, and perhaps the seasons of major houses will tilt that way too. And maybe there'll be more festivals providing avenues for self-creators who haven't found a place in the system yet. There's certainly enough talent itching for a chance to be seen.