Monday, February 8, 2021

A suggestion for my fellow arts reviewers, journalists and media people

On Sunday Fringe World sent an email saying that, because of the COVID restrictions in place until the end of this week – and therefore the end of the 2021 fringe – all media review tickets have been cancelled to allow as many paying customers as possible to attend shows.
I wholeheartedly support this necessary step to support our artists.

It’s a good time for us to recognize the generosity of artists and arts companies in providing
complimentary tickets and other benefits to reviewers and the arts media generally. I’ve been among the most privileged of us over more than a decade during which I’ve been ticketed to many hundreds of wonderful West Australian productions.
It is sometimes easy to overlook what a benefit this is.

Can I suggest that we all look at the shows we were ticketed to this week and purchase tickets to them if they are still available. In this small way we will be showing our support for our artists, and also continuing to provide the coverage we had planned to deliver.