Co-directed by Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Lauren Clelland and Tara Hobbs, the Queensland-based collective creates extraordinary theatre works that reflect and connect audiences and artists.
“Brisbane is a place where entertainment is not a dirty word and can be used to create amazing art that audiences want to see,” Amy says.
The Good Room’s signature style of crowd-sourced content is born from a commitment to assemble, take risks, have fun and entertain, Daniel says.
“The work we create has to be visceral and physical and sharp and salacious and irreverent,” he explains.
“We have to give you a reason to turn up, 10 reasons to stay and 100 things to talk about afterwards.”
Co-creator Lauren says The Good Room has spent more than 12 years developing and premiering bold new work in Brisbane.
“I think Brisbane relishes being the East Coast arts underdog; we love being a humid arts incubator that continually surprises Australia’s southern creative hubs with the quality of our work and its national and international reach,” Lauren says.
“Brisbane’s creative producers are a red-hot bunch of amazing unsung heroes who keep it all together and help realise so many projects, nurture so many ideas and roll up their sleeves and deliver these beasts on the ground,” Tara adds.
The Good Room returns to Brisbane Festival in 2020 to continue its legacy of hit productions including I Want To Know What Love Is, I Just Came To Say Goodbye and I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You.
“When you are asked to create a work for Brisbane Festival – as an independent artist – that’s a call to action, that’s permission to dream bigger, to not just think outside the box but to blow the box up, re-arrange the pieces and create something brilliant!” Daniel says.