New venue and play for Ryde Youth Theatre

Ryde Youth Theatre will launch a new series of short plays written and performed by local young people.

Titled ‘You’re Such a Lovely Audience’ and performed at Ryde Park Rotunda it will be Ryde Youth Theatre’s fifth annual production of short plays written, directed and performed by young people.

This year’s theme, with the iconic lyrics of rock’n’roll pioneers The Beatles, has given rise to some of the Youth TheatreÕs most imaginative plays and inspired a new and unique theatre venue.

Built in 1934 the towering brick arches of the Ryde Park Band Rotunda will provide a beautiful frame for the teenage performers.

‘I love the Rotunda, it’s got such theatrical proportions,’ says Ryde Youth Theatre Artistic Director, Suzanne Hauser said.

‘For as long as I’ve been working in Ryde I’ve wanted to stage a performance there and a show inspired by Beatles lyrics is the perfect fit’.

The ten short plays were written as part of a holiday workshop in January by young people ranging in age from 12 to 21.

For some of the playwrights this is the first time they’ve written for the stage.

Some of the older writers, including Diana Morgan, a Director’s Assistant at Channel Nine, and Bokkie Robertson, a student at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, are veteran local playwrights.

The plays will take audiences on a magical mystery tour from Tudor England to a control room overseeing the human race, from absurdity to poetry to crushing reality, through love and heartbreak, crime and redemption, with Ryde Youth Theatre’s trademark snarky sense of humour.

Audiences will also visit secret library forgotten for centuries, take a train ride into the bush without a valid ticket, be held captive with strangers and escape a brutal institution.

They will pull levers that control all human choice, discover the secrets of the rocking horse people, confront two princesses contemplating the very worst of crimes and wonder how to work out if your best mate really just killed someone.

‘You’re Such a Lovely Audience ‘ opens on Friday May 5 at 7.30pm in the Ryde Park Band Rotunda, Argyle Avenue, Ryde and continues on Saturday May 6 at 7.30pm, Sunday May 7 at 5pm and the following Friday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 7.30pm and on the Sunday at 5pm.

All tickets are $6.50 and are available from Sticky Tickets

You’re Such a Lovely Audience includes some coarse language and is not suitable for young people under the age of 13.

Playwight Louis Regan and Ryde Youth Theatre director Thulitha Senevirathne recently teamed up to present the play ‘Inside’.