Within the next two weeks our two major theatre companies (Sydney Theatre Company and Belvoir) will have theatre-lovers getting out their 2016 diaries and planning their major theatregoing for the following 12 months. Some of us will agonise over which plays to select and how to fit them in.
When I was working, I frequently went on Monday or Friday evenings. There was a group of eight of us who went together, 30 years ago; organising a group of that size was a nightmare but we somehow did it. It is much easier now as I go with just one other, and we made a decision some time ago that we would do matinees whenever possible, or early performances. The evening performances finished too late for us as we aged. At Belvoir, Sunday performances start at 5pm and Tuesday shows at 6.30pm. STC plays on Mondays at 6.30 with some occasional Sunday performances.
It usually takes me a week of playing with timetables and calendars to sort out these dates. I also have to take into account other shows we might see.
We always go to The Sydney Dance Company, regularly to Bell and occasionally to New Theatre (we are both life members), Griffin, Ensemble, Darlinghurst and The Old Fitzroy. Lately I have been to almost all the shows at Hayes and Squabbologic.
Living where I do in Paradise it is all very expensive as I have to drive to Sydney and back and stay in a motel whilst there. I don’t begrudge this as I love going to the theatre, and I say this again: I pay for all my tickets as I choose when I go and firmly believe in supporting the arts.
Then, of course, there are the really big shows — coming up for me in the next month is Anything Goes at Opera Australia and Matilda at the Lyric. In the meantime...