Grab your coat and woollen socks because it’s getting cold at the wharf and you’re definitely going to want to spend time with us this month.
Over twenty talented teens are preparing to hit Studio 1 for the inaugural Homeroom Series Double Bill which opens next week.  . This is a unique opportunity to see where the benchmark is for theatre in high schools. Newington College’s beautiful new play Michael Swordfish by Lachlan Philpott features a cast of nine young men and was commissioned and developed in 2016. It was so good we felt it deserved another season, and invited them to join us at The Wharf.
Alongside Michael Swordfish is Girls Like That by Evan Placey, presented by ATYP in partnership with The Arts Unit, the NSW public schools Arts extension program. This fascinating play out of the UK showcases a cast of thirteen young women from schools across Sydney. Together these two productions offer an insight into the complex relationships and sexual politics that are being navigated by young people today. The season is selling fast,, so get in quick to secure tickets! If you’re interstate or overseas, you can tune in to livestream performance  on Thursday May 18, from 1pm via our website..
On May 14,I’m heading to Cape Town in South Africa to restage our 2016 work for young audiences, Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter with the End of the World. The production is being presented as part of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, an international gathering held once every three years. This magical little show was created in two weeks with artists from six companies spanning five countries. It’s exciting getting the band back together to perform for an international audience. I am also part of an Australian delegation attending the festival to investigate international leadership and advocacy models to better support the Australian youth arts sector.
For emerging Australian playwrights aged between 18 and 26, applications are now open for the National Studio. This is Australia’s leading professional development residency for young writers and brings together outstanding young artists with inspiring industry professionals. Applications close on Monday 12 June so jump onto the website now to apply.
And before I sign off for the month I urge you to have a look at our annual fundraising campaign video here and consider making a donation. We are very fortunate this year because every dollar we receive is being matched by Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 Initiative. If you could take five minutes to support the company we would be extremely grateful. Your donation helps us deliver programs that make an important difference in the lives of young Australians.
That’s all for this month. See you soon!