Lowdown celebrated its 21st birthday by celebrating Australian youth performing arts, profiling a longstanding company or organisation in every State and Territory. They were Carclew (SA), Barking Gecko Theatre Company (WA), PACT Youth Theatre (NSW), Jigsaw Theatre Company (ACT), Backbone Youth Arts (Qld), Arena Theatre (Vic), Corrugated Iron Youth Arts (NT), Salamanca Theatre Company (Tas) and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (WA). (WA managed to sneak in two companies!)
The theme was 'Living Journeys', and the issue looked at how the youth performing arts had responded to the challenges and changes of the previous twenty-one years.
Together with some thoughts from AYPAA and YPAA luminaries, along with past Lowdown editors, the issue also explored some of the unique characteristics of Australian youth performing arts.