Teens tackle is­sues

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - MICHAEL EDWARDS

TWO new plays about to hit the stage at the Clink The­atre will take au­di­ences on a tour-de­force of the tal­ents of the Trop­i­cal North The­atre Com­pany in their “Short Play Show­case”.

The back-to-back per­for­mances held over two nights ex­am­ine life from quite dif­fer­ent perspectives.

The first play Af­ter the Party, writ­ten by Laura Mu­ranty, delves into the lives of seven teenagers and how they nav­i­gate their world of so­cial net­work­ing, un­der­age drink­ing and peer group pres­sure.

“The play fo­cuses on the choices teenagers make in their lives and why they make those choices,” Laura said.

“It cov­ers a lot of teenage so­cial is­sues, like binge drink­ing and cy­ber bul­ly­ing, that are com­mon the world over but also around here.”

The sec­ond play Avoid­ing the Void, writ­ten by Ni­cole Carn­aby, takes the au­di­ence on a com­i­cal jour­ney through the life of a modern wo­man as she searches for the utopia of ful­fil­ment and hap­pi­ness.

“Our Western so­ci­ety says that we must be happy and fill ev­ery void in our lives and Avoid­ing the Void takes a some­times hi­lar­i­ous look at four women and how they ended up where they are,” Laura said.

“If you have ever felt a void in your life this is the play to see.”

Laura and Ni­cole, both di­rec­tors of the the­atre com­pany, have spent the last 12 months train­ing the ac­tors and have writ­ten the plays to show­case lo­cal tal­ent.

The plays will be per­formed on Oc­to­ber 21 and 22 and tick­ets are avail­able at www.try­book­ing.com


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