Tis the Season at ATYP

It’s the end of 2018!! Get ready to slap on the sunscreen, stick up the Christmas tree, dig out the beach cricket stuff and start humming carols. It’s time to wrap up this massive year, stick a big bow on it and set it on the mantelpiece to admire.

No doubt you’re thinking: “If only there was one more ATYP experience I could sink my teeth into before the year is done.” Well I’m sorry to say … you can’t. Put a fork in 2018, its done. We’ve finished like a double-banger fire-cracker on New Year’s Eve and are now basking in the sparkly after glow. But don’t despair. Take that impulse, get yourself onto the interweb, admire the new ATYP site and give yourself something to look forward to in the New Year. Or buy someone you love a very theatrical Christmas prezzie in the shape of an ATYP show or workshop!

Once again Rob and Claudene have put together a huge holiday program for folk aged 4 to 18. Workshops kick off Monday January 7, at venues across Sydney. For those in regional NSW and interstate, have a think about using your ATYP workshop as the centre of a Sydney holiday. Happy theatre kids and parents with entire days to themselves! For older teenagers across the country (school Yrs 10 – 12) check out the National Summer Drama Camp. This is an extraordinary opportunity to spend a week with some of Australia’s leading industry theatre professionals and be taken to a couple of excellent Sydney Festival shows.If you’re a young woman aged 18-26 now is the time to be working on your application to the Rose Byrne Emerging Leader Scholarship or the Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission. These amazing programs give you money, mentorship and a trip to LA to showcase your skills and meet the folk in Hollywood.

A huge congratulations to all the extraordinary young artists who have dazzled audiences across the country in the last few weeks. Our cast of Charlie Pilgrim (or A Beginners Guide to Time Travel) performed a near sellout season at Griffin’s SBW Stables Theatre at the end of last month. The Climbing Tree, co-produced by Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and ATYP, came to town and performed to critical acclaim at Riverside Theatres in Parramatta. I traveled to Perth and Melbourne to see the exceptional work of our Fresh Ink writers who got to work with renowned directors Janice Muller and Matt Edgerton, while the Darwin writers came to Sydney to mix with our talented team in a mini festival of play readings co directed by Kim Hardwick.The year wraps up with our weekly drama class end of year performances in the next week. A huge “Chookas!” to all participants and professional tutors for the shows they have created. On behalf of all of us at ATYP we’d like to wish you and your family a relaxed, joyous, fun-filled Christmas. We look forward to catching up with you again in the New Year.

Merry Christmas.


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