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Sam O’Sullivan’s play is the 2017 ATYP Commission winner for a play to be performed by young actors between the ages of 10 and 13.  It is recommended viewing for ages 8 and above.  The play has been directed by Jena Prince.

The play’s premise is what if a primary school aged kid messed with spacetime while trying to fix a moment in  the past and got herself stuck in a time loop. And what if she gets all her friends to try and help her to get out of the time loop and  these friends turn out to be just different versions of herself? Continue reading ATYP : CHARLIE PILGRIM (OR A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO TIME TRAVEL)


This image: Jeremi Campese, Ryan Hodson, Hayley Pearl & Meg Clarke
Featured image: Jeremi Campese as Bobbie

I’m Bobbie. As in Bobbie Dazzler, my Nan says, although I don’t know who that is. And this is my brother Hench. He’s got a face for radio.

YEN poignantly explores a childhood lived without boundaries and the consequences of being forced to grow up on your own.

Hench is 16, Bobbie is 14. They’re home alone in Feltham with their dog Taliban; playing PlayStation, streaming porn, watching the world go by. Sometimes their mum Maggie visits, usually with empty pockets and empty promises.

Then Jenny shows up.

New Ghosts Theatre Company in association with KXT bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company present the Australian premiere of Anna Jordan‘s ground-breaking YEN from the 27th September – 13th October 2018 at Kings Cross Theatre.

We had the opportunity to speak with Jeremi Campese (Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Moth, Intersection Chrysalis, ATYP and DNA KXT bAKEHOUSE) who plays Bobbie. Continue reading YEN. SOON FOR KXT. INTERVIEW WITH JEREMI CAMPESE



Production photography by Rupert Reid Photography.

Darkness edges the two figures who appear before us. The shadowy stage lights have crept up to wash the tiny downstage area with a yellow tinged late afternoon falling. They are hard to make out these two schoolkids with their bored skatepark slouching. The effort of peering seems to blur them more.

They will pull us, disturbed and fearful for them, into their fragile, adolescent lives in ninety minutes of engrossing theatre yet the playwright, director and cast of MOTH (atyp) conspire to be unreliable narrators. Claryssa and Sebastian will never really take shape. They will flutter just beyond our understanding and will beat their wings wildly to warn us away. At the end of the play, as these creations melt back into darkness and we emerge blinking into the light, we are slow and panicky in our anxiety for the young people around us and the world we are leaving them. Continue reading MOTH : FRAGILE ADOLESCENT LIVES EXPOSED IN DECLAN GREENE’S NEW PLAY


All images by Tracy Schramm.

This year, the Australian Theatre For Young aPeople (ATYP) has initiated an  exciting new program – the Homeroom Series.  The first in the series featured  a thought provoking A Double Bill depicting the challenges that young people face in an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming world.

The two plays performed were British playwright Evan Placey’s GIRLS LIKE THAT, an ensemble piece for young women, and Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott’s MICHAEL SWORDFISH  which was an encore season  for young men which was originally written for, and  performed by students from Newington College.

Both main characters are teenagers who are out of synch and different with their peers. This being the case their lives become increasingly difficult, to the point of being unbearable.  Both go missing, and the guts of both plays are concerned with the anxiety that  their disappearance causes, and the longing to bring them back to the herd and somehow make it up to them.



If INTERSECTION is any indication of the professionalism, focus and commitment of the next generation of performing artists then the art is in a pretty good state. From 15 -24 years, these nineteen actors have my complete admiration for their unwavering composure as they brought to life the 10 short plays in the 90 minute production. I attended a matinee … it was viciously hot; patrons were reluctantly and unavoidably noisily leaving because of the swelter; there was a somewhat drunken, very loud party going on outside and yet not one performer short- changed their audience.

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) has a few generations of experience behind them and is well known for their facilitation and creation of new works. INTERSECTION is one such. ATYP supports a diverse range of Youth Theatre activities including the annual National Studio where they work with young and emerging writers for youth. Continue reading ATYP PRESENTS ‘INTERSECTION ‘ @ STUDIO 1


Pictured: Scarlett Waters, Photo: Kate Williams

“And that’s it. That’s the moment I realised. Never again is it gonna be like before.”

MOONCHILD by Julie Patey is a moving and funny new play exploring the relationships that shape us whether we are 13, 23, or 83 years old. Part space rave, part lift-off sequence, part coming of age story, the play revolves around quirky thirteen year old Moonchild, who dreams of outer space to escape the devastating loss of her best friend and the forces pulling her family apart.

Produced by we make theatre and presented as part of ATYP’s Cameo series, MOONCHILD brings together two of Australia’s most exciting young theatre makers, at either end of their generation, for a truly one of a kind theatrical experience.

Suitable for ages 12-112

AUG 10-20. Wed-Sat 7PM, Sun 5PM.

For more about Moonchild, visit http://www.atyp.com.au/cameo-moonchild
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Featured Image by Lee Nutter.

The only solution to grief is to grieve. It’s as simple as that. You just have to grit your teeth and go through it.

You can try to bury it; to stow it away in the darkest cavities inside you, but grief grows thick and wet like moss in the dark.

You can try to ignore it, or pretend you don’t know it, but sooner or later it shows up on your doorstep, bags packed and intending on staying a while.

You can try to drown it, but you can be assured that the motherfucker will learn to swim.

The only way to learn this, is to have something to grieve for.

Funny, tender and deeply felt, DRIFT is an homage to young adulthood in all its guts as well as its glory. It is the follow up to Clark’s critically acclaimed Jennifer Forever, described by one critic as “such a brave and bold accomplishment” (Steve Zipper-Theatre Unzipped).

The fourth production by Two Peas, the indie theatre company who “rescued David Mamet’s Edmond” (Lisa Thatcher) and whose inaugural production We’re Bastards was described as “a great example of how the smaller theatre companies in Sydney are really knocking it out of the ball park” (Joy Minter).

DRIFT is the company’s third presentation of new Australian work.

July 20th to 30th, 7pm Wednesday to Saturday, 5pm Sunday 24th

VENUE- ATYP Theatre, 4/5 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay.

For more about Drift, visit http://www.thetwopeas.com/#!drift/vjjfz
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Patrice Babina’s Chance Encounter with the End of The World @ ATYP

Image ; Amelia J Dowd

PATRICE BALBINA’S CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH THE END OF THE WORLD is having a short run at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) before transferring to Vancouver, Canada for a full season. The show has an important pedigree as it is the final chapter of the two-year international partnership between three theatres from Europe, two from Canada and ATYP, supported through the European Union’s Cultural Fund. Thematically exploring migration and its effects, BOOMERANG: Documents of Poverty of Hope has facilitated 6 co-productions and this final production was developed with international cast and creatives to draw their experience together. ATPY’s WAR CRIMES (July 2015) was also part of the project.

But when it comes to experiencing theatre, that intimate yet communal experience, pedigree is irrelevant. It is about what we see, hear, feel and are moved by. And PATRICE BALBINA’S CHANCE ENCOUNTER WITH THE END OF THE WORLD is an intimate and moving work, gently fashioned yet dynamic and full of action. Continue reading Patrice Babina’s Chance Encounter with the End of The World @ ATYP

The Trolleys @ ATYP Studio 1


As the birth-given amber flame inside sputters towards its inexorable, inevitable fading, we older folk often turn reflective. Searching for a moral? Not really. If we are old shouldn’t we have that already? Meaning? Perhaps, but of what? The metaphysic? Surely that answer awaits us at the extinguishment. THE TROLLEYS, playing at the Australian Theatre for Young People, burns with a gentle, compelling glow as it softly illuminates a path to reflection for any audience, young or old.

In a dystopian future we are confronted initially with darkness. A figure clutching a waning orangey light in a jar moves towards us. As her light disappears, shockingly so does she. A new figure arrives to lovingly clear away the dust of the departed, then to scurry away. A motley, dirty crew of 6 children wake and cluster to become the protagonists of the story. They call themselves The Trolleys after the way each carries their meagre belongings. Their small society is self-sufficient with clear rules to keep them safe. But they know what happens when the light in their ever-present jar fails. Continue reading The Trolleys @ ATYP Studio 1


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With her current play THEN, playwright Yve Blake  has tapped into the propensity that many of us have to look back, to reflect on how we used to be, before we became the people we are today.


Blake has tapped into this introspection in a major way. In late 2013 Blake created http://www.WhoWereWe.com/ an interactive website that asked people  from around the globe to contribute their stories, videos, playlists and photos of how they saw themselves. The  site is still on-going. So far people from over 154 cities around the world have contributed.

Continue reading THEN @ ATYP STUDIO 1 

Kill Tony Abbott to play Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival in September


Dominica Duckworth is presenting her new stand-up comedy show  KILL TONY ABBOTT (a stand up show, not a suggestion!) as part of this year’s Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival.

In a colourful and varied career so far Dominica has performed with the Australian Theatre For Young People, participated in the Caravan Slam, is a former Raw Comedy heats finalist and currently holds a day job as a high school English teacher.

Dominica describes her show as an hour of lefty stand-up and which she claims is guaranteed to make us laugh about how guilty and alienated we have become! Continue reading Kill Tony Abbott to play Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival in September