ATYP (Australian Theatre For Young People) deserves praise and recognition for their ongoing support for our young writers and actors, giving them an annual showcase called “The Voices Project”, which was successfully launched in 2011.
Hundreds of young writers, aged between 18 and 26 submit their work. Of these, 18 are chosen for a workshop at the Fresh Ink Writers’ Retreat at Bundanon. Twelve of these monologues have been published by Currency Press and ten of these are performed at ATYP’s Studio Theatre Under the Wharf.
This year’s theme for the seven-minute monologues is food, aptly named BITE ME. Accomplished director, Anthony Skuse, has given inspiration and life to these ten pieces, which blend into each other effortlessly, allowing the audience to save their applause until the end. The occasional transition has the actors using their gymnastic skills for a bit too long, unrelated to the texts. However, the use of the only real prop on stage, a table, is very effectively used – under it, on top of it, choreographed cleverly by Adele Jeffreys, movement coach.