The Slide Of The Playbox Theatre

“Why has Melbourne’s Playbox, which was founded in 1976, seen such a slide in its fortunes recently? There are lots of theories – from inappropriate programming to poor production values, soaring ticket prices to careless marketing. These are real problems, but they are not the origin of the dilemma, only symptoms of it. The answer lies far deeper. Mainstream theatre has, lately, been swamped by competing interests.”