Building audiences for Indigenous theatre: A case study of Kooemba Jdarra

Jennifer Radbourne, Janet Campbell, Vera Ding

Abstract


This paper uses audience research data to examine the positioning of Indigenous theatre in the Australian theatre environment. Kooemba Jdarra is an Aboriginal theatre company in Brisbane, Australia, with a distinguished history of developing Aboriginal artists, writers and directors. However, it has struggled to maintain its positioning because of the perceived risks of participation by audiences who prefer to see Indigenous theatre within the program of the mainstream state theatre company. The paper concludes with strategies for decreasing risk for audiences and for greater advocacy by the company in positioning itself in the mainstream Australia theatre environment.

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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