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Blood, sweat and fears: establishing an independent theatre company
Plans, personnel, the right project – a number of ingredients are required when setting up a new theatre company.
Running an independent theatre company can be exhausting, heartbreaking work. Conversely, it can also offer theatre-makers enormous freedom, allowing artistic vision to flourish unhindered from commercial imperatives – albeit usually on the smell of an oily rag.
Together with collaborator and designer Romanie Harper, Aaron Orzech has formed Melbourne’s newest independent theatre company, The Family; their debut production, The Collected Works of Victor Bergman, opens at Melbourne’s fortyfivedownstairs in early December.
‘We’d both worked with a bunch of different independent companies, Romanie as a designer and me as a performer, and we really wanted to break out on our own and have some more creative control over our own products. The company came out of a desire to do that,’ Orzech said.
Melbourne has dozens of independent companies, some of which are created to present a specific work before dissolving; others with longer term goals. The Family’s identity and aims are, at this early stage, still in flux.