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Education

Welcome to our 2021 Education Program

We are thrilled to introduce to you Canberra Youth Theatre’s 2022 Season. If the last two years taught us anything, it is how much we value the live, embodied experience that theatre provides, and how important it is for us to connect, share stories and find new ways to explore our creativity.

In 2022 we are celebrating a phenomenal 50 year legacy of bringing young people together to create challenging and intelligent theatre. We have put together one of our biggest artistic programs ever, including three world premieres, and revisiting an Australian classic that started right here.

To kick off our 50th anniversary, we’re going back to the 1980s with Dags by Debra Oswald. Commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre in 1985, and now one of Australia’s most popular plays for young people ever, Dags is an hilarious, quirky journey through adolescent anguish, the struggle to be popular and the need to be true to yourself, all set in the coolest/cringiest decade of all time.

The Initiation by Cathy Petocz is a new play created with our young artists, exploring the horrors of the early teen experience, the deep fears young people face journeying into adulthood, and the spiritual site of Black Mountain.

We’re back in The Playhouse with a new commission, How To Vote! by Julian Larnach. This epic comedy unveils the treacherous political landscape of university life, set amongst a cut-throat election campaign, filled with ambitious student politicians, journalists, and theatre-makers, all fighting to make it to the top.

We finish the year with the world premiere of Soul Trading by Kate Walder, where our youngest artists will take us over 50 years into the future, to a world where humans are created with gene selection technology, Artificial Intelligence is everywhere, and children’s best friends are robots.

But that’s just the beginning! There’s also our Emerging Artists program, workshops, plus a bunch of new initiatives for young and emerging theatre makers to get involved in.

This is Canberra Youth Theatre in 2022. Our 50th year promises exciting opportunities for young artists, sophisticated productions for our audiences, and a bold vision for our future.

Luke Rogers
Artistic Director & CEO