Teen writes, di­rects play about teenagers

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shannon Smith

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.

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