Decoded

Q Theatre's Annual Youth Drama Festival

“A flash of light. A few beeps, a bop and a squeak here and there. The black box appeared without much ceremony. It was discreet, out of the way and wasn’t bothering anyone. Until it kept flashing. And it kept beeping and the bops and squeaks got louder and louder. And louder and louder. We looked for instructions, for switches, for any kind of marking at all. Nothing. The smooth metallic surface just hummed quietly and then returned to sending out its code to anyone that would listen. The black box had a message and it wasn’t going anywhere till we made sense of it…”

Eight teams of specialists have been brought in to make sense of the mysterious message from the unknown.

The Joan’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival returns in 2018 with DECODED. This new Q Theatre project is made in collaboration with young artists from eight local high schools, pairing them with eight professional theatre artists.

DECODED allows students to participate in two ways — as creators or as audiences.

To be a creator: DECODED gives high school drama students the opportunity to explore different theatrical styles, and work with industry professionals including writers, directors, actors and technicians, as together they create an original performance 8–12 minutes in length.

To be in the audience: Students from Years 9–12 can also participate as audience members. Students will get insight into different theatrical styles as well as support their peers on stage. The performance will spark creativity and discussion points for the classroom around the themes and ideas presented.

Applications are now open. Click on the TICKETS tab above to apply to be a Creator or to book tickets to the performances of DECODED.

To find out more contact Ian Zammit, Schools Coordinator Theatre/Dance on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

AUDIENCES – Performances on Friday 6 July at 12pm and 7pm
MATINEE 12PM for Schools: $18 per student, one teacher free per 10 students, additional teachers at student price. Download the Schools Booking form here.

EVENING 7PM All tickets $18: Click here to book

CREATORS – Production period from 14 May to 6 July
Per school: Download the Schools DECODED Information Pack here for the brief about the project. To apply, click here to complete the DECODED Application Form.

Applications will be processed and approved by The Joan. Approved DECODED applicants will be required to pay a $500 registration fee + $550 for 30 student tickets to attend the Decoded Matinee.

Applications close at midnight, Thursday 1 March 2018.

Contact School Coodinator Ian Zammit with your questions about DECODED on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

About the Annual Youth Theatre Festival
Q Theatre’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival brings together eight schools from across Western Sydney and pairs them with eight professional theatre artists. Each group will develop their personal response to the provocation for 2018, “DECODED”, through workshops, rehearsals and performance on the Q Theatre stage, to share with their peers and audiences from every school involved. The Festival champions and celebrates theatre practice, with a strong focus on the steps needed to express their own ideas in the theatre making process and in taking ownership of theatre as a collaborative artform.

About Q Theatre’s Workshop Program:
Decoded is produced as part of Q Theatre’s Workshop series. Our Workshop series offers a range of classes, mentorships and projects designed to upskill and enable artists in our community. In 2018 you can catch three new projects coming out of our Workshop series including Decoded, Breakthrough: Open Studio and Mouth of the River.

  • Friday, Jul 6 2018 12:00pm
  • Friday, Jul 6 2018 7:00pm

“A flash of light. A few beeps, a bop and a squeak here and there. The black box appeared without much ceremony. It was discreet, out of the way and wasn’t bothering anyone. Until it kept flashing. And it kept beeping and the bops and squeaks got louder and louder. And louder and louder. We looked for instructions, for switches, for any kind of marking at all. Nothing. The smooth metallic surface just hummed quietly and then returned to sending out its code to anyone that would listen. The black box had a message and it wasn’t going anywhere till we made sense of it…”

Eight teams of specialists have been brought in to make sense of the mysterious message from the unknown.

The Joan’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival returns in 2018 with DECODED. This new Q Theatre project is made in collaboration with young artists from eight local high schools, pairing them with eight professional theatre artists.

DECODED allows students to participate in two ways — as creators or as audiences.

To be a creator: DECODED gives high school drama students the opportunity to explore different theatrical styles, and work with industry professionals including writers, directors, actors and technicians, as together they create an original performance 8–12 minutes in length.

To be in the audience: Students from Years 9–12 can also participate as audience members. Students will get insight into different theatrical styles as well as support their peers on stage. The performance will spark creativity and discussion points for the classroom around the themes and ideas presented.

Applications are now open. Click on the TICKETS tab above to apply to be a Creator or to book tickets to the performances of DECODED.

To find out more contact Ian Zammit, Schools Coordinator Theatre/Dance on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

AUDIENCES – Performances on Friday 6 July at 12pm and 7pm
MATINEE 12PM for Schools: $18 per student, one teacher free per 10 students, additional teachers at student price. Download the Schools Booking form here.

EVENING 7PM All tickets $18: Click here to book

CREATORS – Production period from 14 May to 6 July
Per school: Download the Schools DECODED Information Pack here for the brief about the project. To apply, click here to complete the DECODED Application Form.

Applications will be processed and approved by The Joan. Approved DECODED applicants will be required to pay a $500 registration fee + $550 for 30 student tickets to attend the Decoded Matinee.

Applications close at midnight, Thursday 1 March 2018.

Contact School Coodinator Ian Zammit with your questions about DECODED on 02 4723 7606 or ian.zammit@penrith.city

About the Annual Youth Theatre Festival
Q Theatre’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival brings together eight schools from across Western Sydney and pairs them with eight professional theatre artists. Each group will develop their personal response to the provocation for 2018, “DECODED”, through workshops, rehearsals and performance on the Q Theatre stage, to share with their peers and audiences from every school involved. The Festival champions and celebrates theatre practice, with a strong focus on the steps needed to express their own ideas in the theatre making process and in taking ownership of theatre as a collaborative artform.

About Q Theatre’s Workshop Program:
Decoded is produced as part of Q Theatre’s Workshop series. Our Workshop series offers a range of classes, mentorships and projects designed to upskill and enable artists in our community. In 2018 you can catch three new projects coming out of our Workshop series including Decoded, Breakthrough: Open Studio and Mouth of the River.

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