Independent Theatre has been enthralling Adelaide audiences with top quality theatre of strong dramatic significance since it began almost 30 years ago in 1984. Its work covers the gamut of theatrical writing, from Ancient Greek tragedies to Australian and world premieres of brand new plays.
The company was founded by Rob Croser, David Roach, Allen Munn and Pattie Atherton and a team of other committed theatre lovers, all who were driven by a passion to allow Adelaide audiences to experience theatre that wasn't being done by any other company at that time.
In recognition of all its achievements since its foundation, IT's Rob Croser and David Roach, were presented with the Adelaide Theatre Guild (ATG) inaugural lifetime achievement award, called ‘The Richard Flynn Award’, at the ATG’s glittering annual Curtain Call Awards ceremony in September this year.
Nikki Gaertner, chair of the ATG Awards panel said at the cremony; ‘It is a great honour to present this award to Rob and David. Through them, Independent Theatre has been wowing audiences for almost 30 years with over 90 productions. Thanks to their vision and passion, Adelaide has been treated to many amazing theatrical experiences. Their work is inspirational and I know that all who work with them are proud to part of such a great company.’
On recieving the award Rob said; ‘This Award honours the many incredibly talented and wonderful people we have been privileged to work with over those 30 years. We have been lucky to work with some of the best actors, technicians, designers and theatre staff in Adelaide. Other amazing opportunities have included collaborating with international playwrights John Logan and Sam Adamson, Frank Galati, Jon Marans and Charles Smith, as well as Elaine Steinbeck, while adapting East of Eden. And also the work with the Indian and African communities of South Australia – helping to bring the richness of their cultures to the wider theatre-going public of Adelaide. We treasure it all but it has only been possible, and enjoyable, because we have done it together.’