In 2017 the national youth theatre company is proud to present plays to make you think, stories to start conversations, experiences that touch your heart. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes shocking, occasionally very funny - we offer a delightfully diverse reflection on growing up and growing older.
Among our season of plays there are three brand new Australian works. Intersection showcases some of our leading young Australian playwrights, as they take a look at what it’s like to be 17. The Dignity of Risk has us joining forces with one of Australia’s most exciting youth arts companies, Shopfront Youth Arts, on a beautiful piece that integrates movement and text to explore experiences of disability and difference. While the winner of the 2016 ATYP Foundation Commission for 10–13 year old actors, Wonderfly, speaks to the superhero that lives inside all of us.
We are also presenting a script from Queensland that was singled out by our youth steering committee. It means I am getting to work with one of my favourite writers, the irrepressible Daniel Evans, as we stage his pitch black comedy Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. This show is a mad riot of blood and laughter as classic Greek mythology meets Australian suburbia.
In addition to the main-stage season we are proud to announce the inaugural Homeroom Series. The program will showcase two exceptional new works presented in partnership with secondary schools and the Arts Unit. We welcome Newington College with a remount of their production, Michael Swordfish by Lachlan Philpott and look forward to producing Girls Like That by Evan Placey directed by our own Rob Jago. Rounding out the season is our Cameo program that continues to showcase the exceptional work of our young and emerging artists.
And there's so much more at ATYP.