Brisbane’s La Boite Theatre Company has cancelled its 2020 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cancellation affects performances of ‘St Joan Of The Stockyards’, ‘Grug’, ‘The Happy Prince’ and ‘Brothers Book Club’.
“To have to cancel our season is gut-wrenching,” Artistic Director and CEO Todd MacDonald says.
“It’s the first time in our 95-year history and it is a profoundly sad and sobering experience.
“My heart goes out to the artists whose work will not be seen and to our audiences who will miss world premieres of some of the city’s most exciting new Australian works.”
However, La Boite still aims to continue developing work with their artists in residence. La Boite Executive Director Zohar Spatz says it was important to make the call on this outcome sooner rather than later.
“The arts is an essential industry in Queensland, providing thousands of jobs, championing internationally-renowned artists and works, and epitomising the breadth and diversity of this state,” she says.
“La Boite supports all government action that provides relief for individuals, small businesses and organisations affected by the ongoing crisis.
“The arts industry is based on innovation and creativity and we believe that creative problem solving and storytelling will provide the inspiration needed for La Boite to recover and ultimately thrive.”
The theatre is currently investigating productions for their 2021 season, which is sure to be powerful and diverse.
All ticketholders are asked to be patient as La Boite staff navigate the process as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Updates – including a reopen date – will be posted to La Boite's website and social channels when available.