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Zootango Theatre Company
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Start Date:
01 Oct 1985
End Date:
31 Dec 1997
Zootango Theatre Company was conceived by Peter Byers, Richard Davey and Sandy McCutcheon amongst others in October 1985.

The Company was originally the umbrella name for a group of professional theatre companies, namely The Round Earth Company, Barrow Theatre, Illusion Circus Theatre Company and Mouthpiece, with the purpose to provide administrative and resource support. Various grants were applied for to support such projects as 'The Ship that Never Was'. The new Company was called Zootango Roadshow Ltd in its first years of operation.

The Tasmanian Theatre Trust met its demise in 1986 and with it the general funding grants made to the Trust became frozen. A proposal was drawn up to negotiate the division of funding for Theatre in Tasmania whereby Zootango would administer a proportion of the moneys, the Theatre Royal Management Board would manage a share to maintain entrepreneurial and management standards, and the Australian Arts Council would administer the remainder to support plays touring the State. As a consequence a Joint Venture was formed between Zootango, the Theatre Royal Management Board and the Tasmanian Arts Council to access Federal and State grants in order to present a program of theatre productions throughout Tasmania.

In 1987 the Peacock Theatre in Salamanca Place became the Company's home and in June 1989 it changed its name to Zootango Theatre Company. The Company maintained a program of between three or four major productions a year, with additional productions produced on a co-operative or commercial basis. Production tours were conducted intra and interstate. 

In 1997 a change of Federal policy towards regional theatre resulted in the withdrawal of Arts Tasmania and the Australia Council's combined yearly funding for the Company of $220,000. In an effort to survive the Company reduced the number of its productions but was forced to cease operations in late 1997.

Information Sources:
Zootango publicity material (ref. series NS2810)
Functions Performed:
Arts and culture
Series Created By Agency:
NS2816 Press Clippings01 Jun 198530 Nov 1986

NS2810 General Correspondence01 Oct 198531 Dec 1997

NS2788 Performance Records01 Oct 198531 Dec 1997

NS2814 Annual Financial Statements01 Jan 198631 Dec 1995

NS2812 Reports01 Jan 198631 Dec 1997

NS2811 Copies of Minutes & Agenda Papers of the Management Committee04 Feb 198604 May 1988

NS1884 Minutes & Agenda Papers of the Board18 Feb 198631 Dec 1995

NS2826 Audio Recordings01 Jan 198731 Dec 1997

NS2815 Newsletters01 May 198830 Nov 1996

NS2813 Copies of Minutes & Agenda Papers for the Annual General Meeting01 Jan 198931 Dec 1990

NS2828 Award Plaque01 Jan 199431 Dec 1994