Switch on fresh theatre

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Fresh con­tem­po­rary theatre cre­ated by lo­cal theatre mak­ers for a tal­ented young cast will be per­formed in Yar­ragon this week­end.

The three pre­sen­ta­tions of “Switch” at the Yar­ragon Pub­lic Hall is the fo­cal point of a nine-night theatre res­i­den­tial based at Al­lam­bee Camp for 36 young ac­tors from across Vic­to­ria.

Run by Theatre­craft Youth Un­lim­ited, the young ac­tors aged 13 to 22 years came to­gether in Mel­bourne on Satur­day be­fore trav­el­ling to Al­lam­bee Camp to start the chal­leng­ing and in­ten­sive process of pre­par­ing three short works for the stage. All three works will be per­formed un­der the ban­ner of “Switch”.

The works in­clude “It’s Dark” by lo­cal play­wright and theatre maker Steph Clark of Im­pact Theatre; “Loop” de­vised by Sarah Hart­nell of Im­pact Theatre and Rough Con­duct Theatre with Romi Kupfer, and “De­sire” by new play­wright Ella Salome of Bethanga.

The 16th youth project of the Vic­to­rian Drama League since 2008, the theatre res­i­den­tial aims to give im­mer­sive and in­ten­sive train­ing to the young ac­tors, many of whom see it as a tran­si­tional op­por­tu­nity to work to­wards adult fo­cused theatre com­pa­nies.

The or­gan­is­ers are ex­cited to have a team of seven di­rec­tors work­ing with the en­sem­ble casts to al­low “hands on deck” for young peo­ple to be trained in tech theatre as­pects and get a sup­ported, men­tored in­tro­duc­tion to theatre di­rec­tion.

Camp Lead­ers An­drew Davies of Coalville and Joanne Watt of Trafal­gar have been work­ing to­gether on these youth projects since win­ter of 2015. De­sign, set, prop and cos­tume mis­tress El­iza Bain of New­bor­ough joined the team from mid-2016.

The project has sup­port from Trafal­gar and District Com­mu­nity Bank and its Youth Foun­da­tion, which sig­nif­i­cantly pro­vides for the youth stay­ing in Yar­ragon at Al­lam­bee Camp.

Shon­telle O’Con­nor from Won­thaggi and Alan­nah Hunt from Cross­over have been spon­sored by Baw Baw Arts Al­liance, and Ella Rob­son and Dayna Tam­pa­line both have re­ceived Baw Baw Shire Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Grant sup­port.

“Switch” will be per­formed on Satur­day at 2pm and 8pm as well as Sun­day at 2pm.

This con­tem­po­rary theatre of­fer­ing is suitable for over 13s with a smat­ter­ing of adult themes and the oc­ca­sional course lan­guage. Ex­pect some strong per­for­mances from the cast which has an av­er­age age of 17.

All tick­ets are $12 and can be pur­chased at the door or by vis­it­ing eventbrite.com.au.

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