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Liz Jones: In Pursuit of Excellence

Former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam once said that a healthy artistic climate does not depend solely on the supremely gifted. ‘It demands that everyday work, run-of-the-mill work, esoteric and unpopular work should be given a chance.’

Liz Jones has been the artistic director and CEO of La Mama theatre for over 40 years and her knowledge of the sector is unparalleled. In this Lunchbox/Soapbox, she takes Gough’s words to heart and argues that the work of smaller outfits like La Mama is just as important as that of the high profile companies in shaping our theatre culture and developing talent.

Regardless of its merit, all artistic endeavour is worthy and should be encouraged, irrespective of government support. As Gough would say, ‘The pursuit of excellence is a proper goal, but it is not the race itself.’


Portrait of Liz Jones

Liz Jones

Liz Jones has been artistic director/administrator of La Mama Theatre in Carlton since 1976; she has worked there, as an artist and staff member, since 1973.

Lunchbox / Soapbox

We love exploring ideas at the Wheeler Centre, and encouraging others to do the same. That’s why every Thursday lunchtime we hand the microphone over to the great thinkers, dreamers and orators of our time.

With a dazzling range of passionate speakers and unusual topics, our soapbox provides a platform for the eclectic, topical and enlightening stories you won’t hear elsewhere. This is the most memorable lunch break you’ll have all week.

If you’re in need of sustenance of body as well as mind, the MOAT lunch cart will be serving delicious $10 lunchboxes in the Performance Space from 12.20pm.


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