Welcome to March! Now that we all find ourselves knee deep in 2018, ATYP is in the serious business of splashing around in projects. Fortunately it’s as much fun as it sounds and an exhilarating way to spend a day.
This week I've been taking part in a creative development with Darwin-based playwright and goddess of wisdom, Mary Anne Butler, on the ATYP & Playwriting Australia commission, Cusp. This beautiful new work charts the lives of three teenagers from the Top End on the brink of life-changing decisions. If you would like a sneak peak at the script it is being presented as part of the 2018 National Play Festival in Sydney on Wednesday 21st and Saturday 24th March. We’d love to see you there- details of the festival program can be found here!
Next week we are all excited to be heading into the rehearsal room for the remount of Ross Mueller's extraordinary play, A Town Named War Boy, ahead of its national tour The tour begins in Orange in NSW’s Central West on Wednesday March 21, and will then spend three months travelling around the country. Joining original cast members Simon Croker and Eddie McKenna for this years run are Josh McElroy, who ATYP audiences will know from Spring Awakening and Oedipus Doesn't Live Here Anymore, and recent NIDA graduate, Ryan Morgan - all of us are keen to head into the rehearsal process. We are very excited to be teaming up once again with touring experts, Performing Lines and Arts on Tour, who are taking it on the road. You can see the full itinerary here.
The talented team from Intersection 2018: Chrysalis are coming to terms with reentering the real world after our first production of the year closed on February 17, receiving rave reviews and playing to packed houses. Everyone was very honoured to be presenting these short works by emerging playwrights in Australia's home of new writing, Griffin's Stables Theatre.
For young adult artists (18+) we have quite a few programs now open. This year's Fresh Ink’s National Mentoring Program is currently calling for applications from young adult playwrights. In 2018 Fresh Ink is running in Darwin, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne. If you are a writer or if you have a friend who's interested in playwriting I'd encourage you to apply. For actors looking for professional development and masterclass opportunities, we’ve just launched this year's Pro Series, which gives young performers the opportunity to spend time with some of our nation's leading professional artists.
And that's the majority of what's happening this month. For information on all our programs check out the website- and feel free to come down to the wharf for a chat any time!
Until next month.