Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Comedy: Perth International Comedy Festival Finale

Director Jo Marsh
The Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley
March 20, 2012

Neil Hamburger
After the last laugh of the smash-hit Perth International Comedy Festival ricocheted down Beaufort Street and peace and quiet returned to Mt Lawley, you could imagine the grand old Astor Theatre having a nice cup of tea and a lie down.
The 19-day festival attracted more than 26,000 punters, way above the budgeted break-even point of 16,000 for its inaugural year. The four venues — the Astor, the Mt Lawley Bowling Club, the Velvet Lounge at the Flying Scotsman and the Daily Planet Cafe — operated at above 80 per cent capacity.
It's an impressive achievement by the festival director Jo Marsh, chairman Glenn Connell and his board and the festival's marketing manager Emma Poletti, and marks it, along with this February's rapidly maturing Fringe Festival, as the most significant addition to the Perth performing arts scene in years.

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian.

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