April was huge! So much fabulous work was created by so many different people at CYT last month. Our 7 – 12 year olds produced our first major production of the year, we had a hugely inspiring creative development in Wellington, our second creative development for Fading resulted in some beautiful new content and our Autumn holiday workshop provided a fantastic platform for our young artists to examine the world they live in.
 
Our month of rehearsals with our 7 – 12 year old Filtered cast, culminated in three performances of this group devised work, investigating the importance of curiosity. Our cast employed physical theatre and circus techniques to convey their ideas, working incredibly hard over the production weekend to polish the work to a very high standard. We had full audiences, who responded with laughter and tears, many of whom were reminded how wonderful it is to imagine. A huge thank you to Anna Johnstone, who co-directed the work, and Pablo Latona, our guest artist, along with our fantastic crew and supportive families.
 
Last week I returned from Wellington, after spending five days there with three of our CYT artists – Aram Geleris, Charlotte Palmer and Mia Tuco. We spent time working with our 2015 collaborators Long Cloud Youth Theatre, exploring content for a new co-production. This was hugely successful in terms of developing a new piece of theatre together, by the final day we had a definite direction to follow and a clear timeline to do this in. The experience was also fantastic development for our young artists, working with the Artistic Director of Long Cloud as well as young New Zealand artists and learning new ways to produce work. Stay tuned for news on this upcoming production in 2019.
 
We got straight into our second creative development for Fading the day after returning from NZ! Our playwright Laura arrived and within an hour we were reading the first draft of the play. This was super exciting, not only to hear the tone and get a feel for the structure of the work, but for the cast to hear how their personal stories, thoughts and experiences had been conveyed in the script. We were lucky to spend another full day generating content with Laura in the room and we can’t wait to see the next version of the script in June!
 
Our Autumn holiday workshop was a fabulous week, with our tutor Taylor Geoffroy at the helm, assisted by CYT artist Katie Hubner. As always, our families and friends were treated to an excellent piece of theatre developed by the artists at the end of the week, exploring the structure and purpose of fairytales.
 
Being surrounded by so much artistic activity is always so inspiring when you’re creating work yourself. Now we’re into May, back at school, back at workshops and starting to seriously prepare for our remarkable end of semester performances, informed by all this great work that’s happening around us. There’s a lot of theatre in Canberra at the moment, get out and see it!