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the tender age
directed by Fraser Corfield and David Williams
On 29 July 2009, a 14-year-old girl was given an on-air lie detector test on a live Sydney radio program. Clearly agitated, the girl announced that she had been raped when she was 12. This infamous incident has been used to examine changes in the way young people engage with sex and sexuality. The rapid advances in communications technology, the proliferation of pornography and the depiction of sexuality as power are changing young people’s attitudes to sex. How do young people negotiate these conflicting messages?
In a social media-saturated performance space, The Tender Age examines the contradictions in the way society educates young people about sexuality, and the ways in which young people themselves negotiate relationships framed by social technologies. Devised and performed by a mixed ensemble of artists from Australian Theatre for Young People and version 1.0, The Tender Age is eye-opening, gut-wrenching, and utterly compelling theatre.
This exciting production will also be presented as a work-in-development showing at the Sydney Opera House in June 2012.
Preview: 22 August
Opens: 23 August 7pm
Season: 25 August-1 September
The Tender Age in the media
'The legal pitfalls are defamation and copyright. But you also have ethical pitfalls. You have to be very careful about real people's feelings.' David Williams talks to Elissa Blake in Spectrum
'It was one of those events that suddenly makes society as a whole, for a moment, sit up and look at itself and wonder what series of events could have led to that incident happening..' Fraser Corfield chatting with Jo Litson in the Daily Telegraph.
'Today’s young people live in a world in which every moment, every funny joke and every drunken mistake, might be captured on a mobile phone and instantly broadcast to the world.' David williams on Mumbrella
We have developed this educational resource for teachers for The Tender Age.