Theatre Royal Show
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THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS an Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) production

FOLLOW ME HOME

SCHOOL SHOW
Thu 05 Aug 2021 11:00am Fri 06 Aug 2021 11:00am

Stories with heart, honesty and humanity.
Follow Me Home is an insightful new theatre production by award-winning playwright Lewis Treston. Presented as a series of vignettes, the play reveals the real stories of a group of extraordinarily strong, resilient and courageous young people from across Australia.
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 Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is a must see for audiences aged 14 and over. Four talented young actors take on multiple roles in a fast paced show that will leave audiences with a shift in perspective, a little more compassion and a deeper understanding of the world around them.

“It’s not often you get to create a piece of theatre that offers powerful entertainment with a lingering community impact. This play tells a range of stories that are funny, heartwarming, achingly sad and gently uplifting, but it does it with a disarming honesty and lack of romance or sentiment. We had young people who have experienced homelessness join us in the rehearsal room and talk to the cast about their experiences. They spoke very openly about how what the cast can reveal and what has to be hidden deep inside. The impact of those discussions is evident in the understated performances that are delivered.” Fraser Corfield, Director

Performed in the Studio Theatre

 

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“Follow Me Home succeeds in its intention to demystify the complexities of youth homelessness and urges the audience to question their own role in a culture that often looks beyond those who need someone to listen. ATYP has fostered a space for young voices to be heard, and young performers to showcase the strength, resilience and joy that exists within all young people.”
Nicole Pingon, Playwave
"The production was exemplary in its treatment of youth homelessness, opening this topic up for numerous discussions with my students. My students were so happy to participate in the live Q&A and the young actors’ ability to articulate their acting processes as well as listen to how the actors approached such a taboo topic"
Drama Teacher, Qld
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