The inaugural Homeroom Series shines a spotlight on theatre created by ATYP in partnership with schools, and provides a platform to showcase the top-quality work being made by schools across the country.  Working in collaboration with The Arts Unit to produce an ensemble piece for young women, and with Newington College, Sydney, to present an encore season of a work for young men, ATYP’s Homeroom Series 2017 is set to spark conversations about gender roles, social taboos and the balance between fitting in or standing out from the crowd.


When a naked photo of Scarlett goes viral without her consent, attention falls on her for all the wrong reasons. In today’s world of social media saturation, how do you recognise that you are complicit in destroying somebody’s reputation, … and how does it stop?

Examining gender equality and feminism for this digital generation, Girls Like That investigates the hierarchy of the schoolyard.

Featuring a large all-female ensemble, this extraordinary new play is being presented in collaboration with The Arts Unit (NSW). Directed by ATYP’s Rob Jago, Girls Like That will showcase a cast featuring some of the best young performers from NSW State schools.

Girls Like That will open up conversations about the moral and social challenges of managing relationships in a digital world.


Michael.  I’ve never said anyone’s name so many times in one week.

You read about those kids who know they don’t belong. That they’ve somehow been dumped… and they are in some kind of prison until they can turn 18, just stuck in the middle of the backseat of the car between two kids who do belong.

When so much of our busy lives revolve around the people we interact with on a day-to-day basis, what would happen if one of them disappeared? An assembly called, a footy game postponed, a class interrupted?

Who is Michael Swordfish? And who knows where he’s gone?

Michael Swordfish is the exciting product of a collaboration between playwright Lachlan Philpott and Newington students; a play that traverses the tumultuous landscape of the teenage experience with the sober truth and darkly comic voice of teenage boys.


Sydney Arts Guide

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Cast & Creative Team

Girls Like That is presented as part of the double bill of ATYP’s Homeroom Series 2017 and is developed as a partnership between Australian Theatre for Young People and The Arts Unit.

Evan Placey

Robert Jago

Set/Props/Costume Designer
Martelle Hunt

Lighting Design
Chris Page

Sound Design
Tom Hogan

Assistant Director
Bonnie Leigh Dodds

Sara Black

Stage Manager
Michelle Wood

Cast & Creative Team

Michael Swordfish is presented as part of the double bill of ATYP’s Homeroom Series 2017 and is presented as a partnership between Australian Theatre for Young People and Newington College.

Lachlan Philpott

Tamara Smith

Lighting Design
Richard Neville

Sound Operation
Nick Fitzsimmons

Lighting Operation
Ben Taylor

What to expect

Post-show Q&A

Image Credit

Luke Stambouliah

Justin Stambouliah

Past Productions