Teen writes, directs play about teenagers
He may only be 17 years old, but local Sam Kemp has written and directed his own play A Place Not to Stray for Mental Health Week.
A member of Southern Edge Arts, Kemp said the new play was set in small town Australia and focuses entirely on teenagers.
“It is about teenagers put into a situation that requires a moral choice,” he said.
“It is an examination of character, and the repercussions of decisions.
“The plot is a familiar, and to my mind, a very Australian tale of a child having disappeared into the bush.”
The tale follows four boys who go into the bush and when only three return, their friendships, loyalties and small town judgment are all put to the test.
Kemp said mental health could play a huge role in lots of stories.
“At the end of the day mental health should be left to those who actually help the suffering,” he said.
Southern Edge Arts is sponsored by Act-Belong-Commit and dedicated to providing young people opportunities to express themselves through the performing arts.
There will be a play preview on October 12 at 6pm and a Premier on October 14 at 6pm, both at 77 Sanford Road, Albany.
The play will also show at Brave New Works at Denmark Civic Centre on November 2 at 7pm.
Tickets are available online at southernedge.org.au.