While events are our main jam, we also want to share the stories of incredible businesswomen we meet along the way. Recently we caught up with Beth Lamont – a Ballarat local and a mover-and-shaker in the performing arts scene. Beth produces shows and events, including the comedy room that runs at the George Hotel each month – BallaRatCat Comedy.
Ballarat is super lucky to have Beth’s talents! She’s worked in entertainment and venue management for over 20 years and in over 40 different venues around the world, including major stadiums, grand theatres, small black boxes, festival stages, haunted caverns, and a heck of a lot of comedy clubs. How will all of this impressive experience translate for our local events scene? Read on below. (and can Ballarat have a haunted cavern plz.)
Tell us about your business
In 2021, I am building a new organisation – Spark Theatre. It will be a medium-sized, independent venue in the CBD, presenting a diverse range of shows and events every week. There is so much talent in Ballarat, so we aim to provide stage-time for local performers and host touring shows and big-name acts from around Australia (and the world, when we can!).
We love the name! How did you come up with your idea or concept?
I have wanted to run a venue for many, many years, and by creating one from scratch, I can cherry-pick the best elements of all the places I have worked and ensure that it fits exactly into the gap in Ballarat’s market.
What’s the biggest challenge you have with your specific role right now, and how are you going to overcome it?
The performing arts industry was crushed in 2020. The shut-down totally knocked us all over and while the industry is now slowly getting back on its feet, the recovery will take some time. I want our venue to support performers and companies and provide that irreplaceable experience of live entertainment for hungry audiences.
What’s the biggest surprise you’ve had in the last few months and why?
I’ve surprised myself quite a bit lately; with every meeting and every chance I get to speak to someone about this project, the more I realise how much I already know and how capable I am. I truly am in a unique position in art industry experience and Ballarat knowledge. I feel pretty confident that I (along with a fantastic group of people) can make this happen.
What are you currently excited about?
The energy and enthusiasm that surround this project are truly exhilarating. It’s clear that this is something that is urgently needed and very much wanted in Ballarat.
What is a motto or quote you live by?
Right now, as I often find myself buried in planning documents, spreadsheets, and forms… “Be friends with the process”.
Tell us about working beside the man in your life?
I have always worked alongside men and have always enjoyed it. Theatre-teaching and stand-up comedy are male-dominated areas in particular! Special mention must go to my husband, who is my rock. A very wonderful and good-looking rock.
How do we learn more about Spark Theatre?
If you want to know more about Spark Theatre, want to get involved, or just can’t wait to see some awesome shows, feel free to get in touch!
Contact: Beth Lamont
Business Name: Spark Theatre Incorporated
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/sparktheatreballarat
Instagram link: not there yet!