Not since the early days of La Mama, the Pram Factory and the Nimrod Theatre, has fringe/independent theatre had such a vibrant profile as an energetic and progressive alternative to the mainstream. A growing number of young theatre practitioners, eager to make their mark, are staging shows in venues such as The Darlinghurst Theatre and The Old Fitzroy in Sydney, The Street Theatre in Canberra, Red Stitch Theatre in Melbourne and the Blue Room in Perth; and now they have the definitive 'rough guide' to help them make great theatre. "In Good Company" is a 'nuts and bolts' manual for theatre makers of small-scale professional, fringe and amateur theatre, but also includes loads of professional advice for more experienced independent and community-based companies who wish to enhance their artistic planning, marketing and development drives. Covering everything from company formation, finding the right venue, scheduling, marketing, publicity, bankrolling your production, planning the bump in/out, previews, opening nights, running a season, contracts, copyright and how to find people and scripts, "In Good Company" outlines how to take an idea and make it fly.
Lyn Wallis has worked as a director, season programmer, performer and teacher for twenty years. She joined Company B as Downstairs Theatre Director in 1998, where she devised the programming model and mentoring style for B Sharp. She continues to curate the B Sharp season, now in its seventh year.