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Victor Seddon Vincent
Hi there! You've probably come to this page from a link at www.parkerville-amphitheatre.com
The official title of the Parkerville Amphitheatre
is: Seddon Vincent Memorial
Theatre for Australian Playwrights.
Vincent was an energetic West Australian
senator with broad interests who played a vital role in encouraging
Here are some relevant excerpts from the fascinating
short biography about Vincent by David Hough at http://biography.senate.gov.au/index.php/vincent-victor-seddon/
During 1937 and 1938 Vincent assisted Paul Hasluck in
initiating and promoting the Western Australian Drama Festival...
He [Vincent] and Freda [Vincent's wife] had been influential in shaping
the young Goldfields
Repertory Club and assisted in its resurrection after a wartime recess.
Freda’s production of Ladies in Retirement was highly commended at the
1951 Commonwealth jubilee amateur theatrical competition in Hobart and
their production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was well received at the
1960 Festival of Perth.
... he was respected for his professional and community service and his
interest in the welfare of others.
Vincent’s principal legacy is the report he wrote as chairman of the
Senate Select Committee on the Encouragement of Australian Productions
for Television. The committee’s report, released on 29 October 1963,
was broad in scope and far-reaching in its effect on the future of the
performing arts in Australia. Vincent played a crucial role in guiding
the committee’s work. Although unwell throughout the inquiry, he
presided over the committee with ‘diplomacy, integrity and devotion to
the subject’. The report saw television and film as interrelated but
dependent on live theatre, ‘the real home of the actor and the
producer’. It recommended that Australian theatre productions should be
shown on television; that actors’ pay and conditions should
improved; that young actors and producers of high promise and ability
be given scholarships for overseas training (on condition that they
return to Australia); and that a comprehensive policy be adopted on
assistance to reputable and competent theatrical groups. The
committee’s labours received little public acknowledgment. The report
‘was presented in the dying hours of the last Parliament and … in the
midst of election fever’. No Cabinet ministers spoke during the debate
on the report, and the Government was reluctant to spend any money on
implementing the report’s recommendations. The major newspaper groups,
who were also owners of commercial television channels likely to be
affected by demands to show more local productions, greeted the report
‘with a thunderous silence’. Although the Vincent Report had no initial
impact, its long-term influence on national arts policy was seminal.
The report arguably influenced those calling for a direct government
role in policymaking, especially Vincent’s Liberal Senate colleague and
close friend John Gorton who, on becoming Prime Minister in 1968, began
the process of establishing the Australian Film and Television School,
and made the Australian Council of the Arts operational.
Away from the rigours of
Parliament, Vincent grew
native wildflowers, on which he was a recognised authority. Although he
loved producing plays and sharing a bottle of wine with close friends
after rehearsal, music was his first love and he continued to play the
piano whenever he could. In 1971 the Seddon Vincent Memorial Theatre
for Australian Playwrights was opened at the Parkerville Amphitheatre,
By David Hough
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Starting to build in 1966.
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