Lights in the Park
A Q Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) Co-Production
By Alexander Lee-Rekers
One quiet night, the street lights flicker out and plunge the world into darkness. What do you do? Stay in the comfortable cycle of who you are and what you know, or adapt and change your habits and relationships to light your journey ahead?
A trio of role-players leave their game and embark on a quest for revenge… two enterprising youngsters sell torches at reasonable prices… the disgraced star of a viral video looks to make her social comeback and the floor-mopper at the local chemist encounters the worst kind of shoplifter. All these stories unfold on the way to the park because everybody’s on their way to the same party. And it is not to be missed.
Winner of the 2018 Senior ATYP Foundation Commission, Lights in the Park is published by Playlab. The Commission develops a new play each year to showcase the skills of actors aged 14 – 17 years old.
Schools: Suitable for Years 9 – 12
General Public: Suitable for ages 14+
Audience Information: This production contains adult content including drug references and some coarse language
We strongly recommend all staff and visitors (12 years and older) to wear masks inside The Joan.
Cast & Creatives
Alexander Lee-Rekers / Writer
Lucy Clements / Director
Jane FitzGerald / Dramaturg
Liv Hutley / Designer
Benjamin Turner / Lighting Designer
Chrysoulla Markoulli / Sound Designer
Sacha Slip / Assistant Director
Kate Wooden / Rehearsal Assistant
Adam Stepfner / Content Producer
Sorie Bangura / Production & Stage Manager
Dean Alexander / Performer
Scott Barton / Performer
Alexander Billett / Performer
Denica Brillo / Performer
Ben Buenen / Performer
Laila Chesterman / Performer
Robin Golka / Performer
Josephine Hill / Performer
Amélie James-Power / Performer
Eliza Marshall / Performer
Daisy Millpark / Performer
Brayden Sim / Performer
Cooper Soo / Performer
21 Apr 2021 11:00 am
21 Apr 2021 7:30 pm
22 Apr 2021 7:30 pm
23 Apr 2021 11:00 am
23 Apr 2021 7:30 pm
24 Apr 2021 7:30 pm
(1 free teacher per 10 students)
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Schools Bookings and Resources
Lights in the Park is recommended for Years 9 – 12 (Stages 5 – 6). The dedicated schools performances for this production are:
Wednesday 21 April at 11am
Friday 23 April at 11am
In-School Workshops also available – Please see the ‘In-School Workshops’ tab.
80 minutes (No interval plus a 20-minute Q&A following weekday matinees)
Schools Booking Form
To book this production for your school, please click here and complete our Schools Booking Form.
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.
To discuss schools bookings further, please contact Box Office on (02) 4723 7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing Characters and Scenes in Response to an Inciting Incident In-School Workshops run by ATYP, will be available in the week following the production (Tuesday 26 – Friday 30 April) for the first two schools who book tickets to Lights in the Park and complete the workshop registration form.
The award winning play Lights in the Park was developed by playwright Alexander Lee-Rekers following workshops with a group of 12 teenage actors. The group created an event, the lights in a town going out for an extended period of time, and explored different ways people would react. This created the starting point for this new Australian play.
About the Workshop
This 90-minute workshop will use the production as an example of how a single event can be used to develop multiple characters and stories. Students will create an incident or event with the capacity to affect a large number of characters, then participate in a series of exercises that develop an understanding of place, characters, relationships and potential points of conflict.
Benefits of the Workshop
This workshop will connect with Stage 4 – 5 NSW Drama Curriculum, while offering a practical extension to the experience of seeing Lights in the Park.
This workshop is recommended for Years 9 – 12 (Stages 5 – 6) students.
$400 including GST. Payments must be received before the workshop date.
Book tickets to the show and then register for the in-school workshop by using the buttons below:
More Information and Enquiries
Click here to find out more about the in-school workshops.
Please contact ATYP’s Deputy Education Manager, Monique Johnstone with questions in regards to your registration during business hours on (02) 9270 2400 or on email@example.com with the subject line “Lights in the Park Workshop”.
If you have any questions about The Joan’s Education program, contact Theatre Programs Coordinator, Ian Zammit on (02) 4723 7606 (office hours are 1pm – 9pm Tuesdays and 9am – 5pm Wednesday to Saturday), or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to download the Lights in the Park NSW Curriculum Links
Teachers Resource Kit
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