As we sit to write this final editorial for 2017, we cannot believe that the year has come to an end! This year has been remarkable for many of our young people and we are proud to see the level of development in all of our young artists. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018!
As you all know, the year was jam packed and we explored the concept of ‘being me’. We kicked off the year with the inaugural i’m me festival performed by 7-12 year olds for 7-12 year olds. It was a huge success – seven brand new works of theatre were presented to our enthusiastic audiences as they enjoyed crepes, flower crowns and danced the night away under the big tree in the courtyard. We are looking forward to reimagining this in 2019!
We were thrilled to tour our successful 2016 production, The Verbatim Project to Sydney in July and through the support of our community, we were able to take the cast of 16 to the Australian Theatre for Young People for an amazing season. It was exciting to have our second season of the show supported by Canberra Theatre Centre in the Courtyard Studio and again sold out this incredible work.
After Sydney, we were straight into The Company Ensemble’s work, poem every day at Ainslie Arts Centre. Responding to Joshua Bell’s poetry, our audiences were immersed in the work as the cast performed around them, taking them on a journey, celebrating weirdness and individuality.
versions of us was our final work of the year and a fantastic collaboration between the playwright, Emily Sheehan, co-directors and cast. This work reminded audiences of the nuances, challenges and joys of being a teenager.
Our productions were made even more successful due to the commitment and expertise of our Technical Theatre Team, supported by their specialist tutors.
The 2017 Workshops Program also focussed on ‘being me’. It’s been thrilling to see the calibre of work devised within all age groups and the bravery of our young people in telling their stories. We would like to thank our brilliant tutors who work so hard to support our young people’s voices.
Finally, Canberra Youth Theatre would not have seen this success in 2017 without our dedicated community. Thank you and we can’t wait for 2018!