Creating a Festival: Shakespeare in Paradise

Over on the Ringplay Blog, Nicolette Bethel’s started a series of posts about the creation and the development of Shakespeare in Paradise. Maybe it’s a little premature, given the fact that we’re just starting out. But it’s always good to keep a record about one’s failures and successes, and the series aims to do just that. It’ll give a little insight into what goes into making the festival, and because it’s a blog, you’ll be able to give your feedback to it.

Here’s a little taste of it now:

… the business of putting on productions for paying audiences, even in The Bahamas where people often decry our small population as making it impossible to make theatre pay, has a track record of modest success. Most shows, if well publicized and well managed, can at the very least cover their expenses out of their ticket sales alone, and in some cases turn small profits. Given the fact that our actual target audience is far larger than the permanent population of the country — our tourists need things to do onshore — surely live theatre can have some measure of success. What’s more, when ticket sales are paired with the model of attracting sponsorship from companies and individuals to assist in the mounting of such shows, theatre in The Bahamas should be able to sustain itself over time and even, in the long term, be able to do what politicians seem to imagine is the be-all and end-all of existence — create opportunities for employment.

The aim of Shakespeare in Paradise … is to do just that. It’s an uncommon, lofty goal, but it’s one that we believe, if managed, could succeed.

— Ringplay Productions: Creating a Festival

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