25 Jun - 25 Jun 2021
120 Minutes

Annual Youth Theatre Festival

Important Update: We have currently paused the sale of tickets to this show due to new COVID-19 restrictions recently announced.

We understand that there are new COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney recently announced by NSW Health. We have currently paused the sale of tickets to this show while we negotiate with the producers and await further clarification. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you.

The Annual Youth Theatre Festival (AYTF) returns in 2021!

A key calendar event for secondary schools, AYTF celebrates school engagement and professional theatre-making, while providing students with invaluable opportunities to explore and find joy in all aspects of theatre production. Previous AYTF productions have included Mother, Decoded and The Tower.

As part of the festival, eight schools come together to respond to a provocation, from which they select a performance style and create a 10-minute performance. Over a six-week period, student groups are paired with a professional theatre artist to direct and guide performance development, rehearsal and the finale, which will be performed on Q Theatre’s professional stage in front of an audience.

For over 25 years, Q Theatre has invited students to gain direct experience working in a professional theatre-making environment and providing pathways for many into theatre careers in Penrith, greater Western Sydney and beyond. AYTF continues this long-running tradition.

Schools: Want to be a creator or participate as audience members? Scroll down and check out our ‘Schools Applications, Bookings and Resources’ section for more information. Suitable for Years 9 – 12.

General Public: Join us to celebrate our rising local talent as they bring their ideas to the stage using different theatrical styles. Suitable for ages 14+

We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) wear masks inside The Joan.

Cast & Creatives

Nick Atkins / Q Theatre Director, New Work

Melissa Cannon / Q Theatre Producer, New Work

Ian Zammit / Production Manager

Geoff Turner / Technical Manager

25 Jun 2021 12:00 pm

25 Jun 2021 7:30 pm

Schools Applications, Bookings and Resources

Don’t miss this wonderful chance to develop your performing arts skills, immerse yourself in different theatrical styles and work with leading industry professionals including writers, directors, actors and technicians, as you create an original performance of 8 – 12 minutes in length. Annual Youth Theatre Festival 2021 is recommended for Years 9 – 12 (Stages 5 – 6).

Important Dates & Times

  • Applications: Close Friday 12 March at 5pm
  • Workshops: Monday 3 May – Thursday 6 May
  • Registration Payment: Due by Friday 21 May at 5pm
  • Rehearsals: Monday 21 – Thursday 24 June
  • Performances: Friday 25 June at 12pm & 7.30pm

Information and Application Pack
We recommend you download and carefully read our Annual Youth Theatre Festival 2021 Information and Application Pack prior to completing your application.

Click here to download a PDF version of the Information and Application Pack

Application Form
Click here to submit your schools application to participate in the Annual Youth Theatre Festival 2021.

More Information
Click here to visit our ‘Information for School Groups’ page to download a copy of our current Risk Assessment and find out more about our venue, getting here, accessibility, education resources and the booking process.

Ian Zammit, Theatre Programs Coordinator
Email creativelearning@penrith.city
Phone (02) 4723 7606 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 4:30pm)

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