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Rob Brookman interviewed by James Waites [sound recording]
Bib ID 3822045
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Brookman, Rob, 1954-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies, written permission is required for public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2006 
4 sound files (ca. 239 min.) 

Rob Brookman, born 1954, speaks about his family origins in Adelaide; moving to Sydney for Sydney Theatre Company job; his parents influence; memories of early shows; the Adelaide Festival; his marriage; stage craft and design; Robert Helpmann; festival controversies; emergence of South Australian Theatre Company; being employed at Festival Centre as Trainee Administrator (1975); the building of arts centres Australia-wide; training of arts administrators; his training under George Pullen; Anthony Steel; Jim Sharman; Christopher Hunt; artistic directors; building a house; the 1982 Festival as Special Projects Manager; Kevin Earle; Penny Chapman; Come Out Festival; Writer's Week; Elijah Moshinsky; offer of position as Administrator of '84 festival; Lord George Harwood (1988); the end of his Festival involvement; the Arts Centre work, balancing with festival work up until 1996; Robyn Nevin.

Brookman discusses other city festivals e.g. Festival of Sydney, Mardi Gras, Festival of Melbourne, Grand Final of the AFL; WOMADelaide origins, 1992 Adelaide Festival; visiting Morecombe Bay (UK); Peter Gabriel; the Bannon government; Mike Rann; WOMADelaide train trip (1996); Paul Kelly; the offer of the General Manager's job at Sydney Theatre Company; the re-design of the Sydney Theatre; Philip Parson's Lecture; how the business of the Sydney Theatre venue is managed; a suite of theatres now to work with; creating the Actors Company; Art Form Development Stream; artistic priorities for company under the Nevin-Brookman reign; the Wharf Revue; Wharf 2Loud's latest ventures; Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton; Richard Wherrett; the art of being an artistic director; temperament and personalities; opening a major new theatre; mentions 'Victory' and 'Hedda Gabler'.


Recorded on November 23, 2006 and March 15, 2007 at Walsh Bay, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (13 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 108 leaves) 
Subjects Brookman, Rob, 1954- -- Interviews.  |  Sydney Theatre Company.  |  Adelaide Festival of Arts.  |  WOMADelaide Festival.  |  Executives -- New South Wales -- Interviews.  |  Festivals -- South Australia -- Adelaide.
Occupation Executives.
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer


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