Hit Productions - Artist Statement
HIT Productions history with the Potato Shed dates back to 2010 and since then the company has presented 25 productions at the venue including Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll, My Brilliant Divorce, The Sapphires, Hotel Sorrento, Shirley Valentine and Always…Patsy Cline to name just a few.
HIT’s two biggest touring shows for 2020, The Sapphires and Summer of The Seventeenth Doll, only managed 5 and 6 performances respectively before the COVID19 pandemic forced the closure of venues around the country and brought both tours to a halt. Luckily, the Potato Shed was one of the few venues that was able to present Summer of The Seventeenth Doll before the shutdown.
To say 2020 has been a challenging year for everyone would be an understatement. In trying to reschedule all touring shows from 2020 into 2021 & 2022, HIT’s first priority has been to liaise with and look after the venues and the safety of their patrons, and to take into consideration the wellbeing of our touring cast & crews.
The unpredictability of the virus, the uncertainty of when venues would re-open and at what capacity and the fact that many venues already have their programs scheduled for 2021 & 2022, has proven to be a logistical challenge for HIT Productions.
However, on the same token, like many people, this ‘break’ in our hectic lifestyles has given everyone a chance to reset & reframe their lives and their priorities on both a business and a personal level. We have been reminded on the importance of family and friends, realised how busy our lives had become and given us an opportunity to “stop and smell the roses”. We have also all found a strength and resilience that we either didn’t know or forgotten we had and the country has pulled together to get through this pandemic to the point where Australia is held up as an example of what can be done to beat this insidious virus.
Whilst we have recommenced touring some of our QLD music artists to QLD and NT since September 2020 we are looking forward to our small scale theatre productions recommencing in the second half of 2021 and our large scale theatre productions in in 2022 – times which we will feel it will be safer to have these types of shows back on the road.
The Potato Shed and HIT have a relationship that spans a decade but so much of that is down to the heart and soul of the venue – its people. Their credo is “more than a venue” and it is exactly that.
To Lisa Harvey (Operations Manager), Trent Humphrey (Technical) and all the amazing staff and, of course, Rob Macleod leading the way as Venue Manager brilliantly and with a great passion for the Arts, thank you for all your help and assistance over the past 10 years and we look forward to our relationship continuing well into the future!