Frank Wilkie, former editor Noosa News and former Noosa Council councillor, has written a satirical play 'Newsroom' on newspaper management and journalism. It will be premiered at Noosa Arts Theatre on 11 September. David Williamson is dramaturge for the play and believes it is an important play for our times. See quote below.
The play is humorous and even handed in that representatives of all points of view have a moral rationale and professional credibility given their assumptions about the role of a newspaper.
Newsroom's action is set in the Heartland Herald, a conservative newspaper recently taken over by a global media firm.
Long-term editor Geoff Browning and his depleted staff battle a new management team hell-bent on improving profits and shareholder returns by sexing up and stripping down the newsroom and courting favour with big business and a government writhing in the ecstatic throes of post-9/11 passions.
"Frank Wilkie's play is a refreshing and timely look at the realities of journalism. When newspapers are viewed solely as a business ventures concerned only with the bottom line, then truth takes a second place to pandering to the prejudices that an opportunistic owner thinks might sell more papers. Frank makes the point strongly that good journalism is the only protection democracy has to ensure that we know what is really happening behind our backs. This is an important play for our times.''
When: 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 September at 7.30pm; Matinees: 14 September 2.00pm
Cost: $25 adults, $20 Concession and Groups, Opening Night $30 no concessions
Noosa Arts Theatre inc. Weyba Rd, Noosaville
Bookings: on 5449 9343; or at theatre Sat 9-12
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