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Published March 27th 2015
Theatre isn't just for rich snobs
When I hear the words "theatre show" I often conjure up images of well-dressed rich people, swirling wine while critiquing anything and everything that may cross their path. I am not sure what procured this skewed viewpoint, but somehow it stuck. For this reason, it probably doesn't surprise you that I have never actually attended a theatre show.
As I am often moving around Australia, sometime ago I made a plan to really submerge myself in my current city and see and do everything I can. This brings me to experiencing my first theatre show. While at work I received an email, through various networks, deriving from Belvoir Theatre. Belvoir were offering free tickets to their current show for anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to attend a show but were interested. I thought this was an opportunity I could not miss and booked tickets to see Elektra/Orestes: A modern day take on the Greek tragedy.
As I approached the theatre, I was surprised to find it positioned on a back street in Surry Hills. It was a grand old building that was very inviting. We had a bit of time to spare, so we collected our tickets and ordered a cheese board while we waited for the show to begin. The cheese board was your standard pre-made board but there were also pies, salads, desserts and other beverages on offer.
The building was styled well, with fairy lights in the foyer while a range of past shows posters displayed on the walls. The theatre was quaint, which really substantiated the level of engagement with the show. I could feel myself reacting to the emotion brought into the show, almost as if I were part of it; a mere bystander fearful of what was to come. As I looked around the room, the audience was the same, captivated by each word.
I have to say, I was slightly dubious with what the show would bring and my overall enjoyment, but I was pleasantly surprised. The venue was great: Just the right size to feel comfortable with a nice location, being so close to central station. The atmosphere was relaxed, with a appreciably mixed crowd aged from 18 to 90 years of age.
Depending on the show, the tickets range from $25-$72, however there is also the offer of charitable tickets, and unwaged performance programs. This provides the public, regardless of economic status, age or location, with an opportunity to watch a theatre performance.