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The Climbing Tree
Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre in association with ATYP
Music and Lyrics
“Across the great dividing ranges lies another great divide. Between us and them. Dreamed and the dreaming. Haves and have-nots. Gold and dust. Coppers and gangs. Always an us, and always a them. Big sparkling city chewing them up, spitting them out, pushing them over the mountains to us.”
It’s Rayleen’s birthday, but she’s not getting excited. She and three other teenagers are caught in an interrogation room. Their lives overlap but their challenges are very different. In this town, the past is with you everywhere you go, looking over your shoulder, whispering songs of survival. It’s hard to live for the moment when you can’t see a future. Particularly when the past keeps closing doors.
Developed over three years in partnership with the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, this powerful new play looks at the experiences of generations of teenagers in this regional NSW town. Part drama, part music, part ghost story, it’s a personal tale that reflects experiences from towns across Australia. Rachael Coopes and Guy Webster, part of the creative force behind the multi-award winning Sugarland, bring to life another unique Australian story.
Age Recommendation 14+