Written by Lewis Treston
Created by Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) in association with the Advocate for
Children and Young People (ACYP)
Wednesday 8 September, 7pm – Margaret River HEART
Stories with heart, honesty and humanity.
Presented as a series of vignettes, the play reveals the real stories of a group of extraordinarily strong, resilient and courageous young people.
Telling the truth, being honest and sharing your story takes guts. Real guts. How do you tell your friend she can’t sleep over anymore? Can you help a parent when she’s lost all hope? How can you strive for independence when the system is working against you? And what if just being honest means you’re out on the street?
Inspired by the real life stories shared by homeless young people across NSW, this thought-provoking work from ATYP is a must-see for audiences aged 14 and over. Four talented young actors take on multiple roles in a fastpaced show that will leave audiences with a shift in perspective, a little more compassion and a deeper understanding of the world around them.
Presented by Arts Margaret River with support from Margaret River HEART.
This event is a film screening of a live theatre performance.
A special collection of stories from Margaret River locals who have experienced homelessness will be presented prior to the theatre screening.
Tickets: $10 each ($5 from every ticket will be donated to Just Home Margaret River)
Playwright Treston attended a series of workshops with young people who had experienced youth homelessness, facilitated by the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP), as part of his research process. ‘I got a real sense of how “ordinary” teenage things become immeasurably difficult when you don’t have a traditional support network. Most importantly, I was able to just hang out with these awesome teenagers, who were so generous and open, had a wicked sense of humour, and expressed a hopeful vision for their future, which I found so inspiring.’ Writing the play confirmed for Treston the enormous damage the experience of poverty and marginalisation can have on the human spirit. ‘However, I also developed a deeper appreciation for how remarkably resilient some young people can be — it honestly gives me shivers. It also became strikingly clear that on the most basic level we all want similar things: to feel safe, connected with other people, valued and loved.’