Writing Place is a one-week residency for regional writers and performance makers aged between 18 and 26 living outside Australia’s largest cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra). Writing Place has been established in response to consultation with young people and teachers from regional South Australia who expressed concern over the lack of scripts for teenagers that reflect the lives and circumstances of regional young people here and now. The little new work that does exist for teenagers in Australia tends to by written by or focussed on metropolitan and East Coast experiences. There is a need for performance work that reflects the landscape, attitudes and experiences of regional Australia.
Writing Place is an evolution of ATYP’s hugely successful National Studio that has been run annually since 2008. Drawing on ATYP’s experience delivering over a decade of play writing programs and using the combined knowledge and expertise of Carclew and Country Arts SA, Writing Place will bring together 20 emerging writers for a week of professional development, networking and mentorship with three leading Australian playwrights.
During the week-long residency each participant will generate and refine a short monologue or scene able to be performed by teenage performers. After the residency half of the scripts generated will then be selected for a hardcopy publication available to schools and youth theatres in 2020.
Alumni of ATYP’s National Studio are now seeing their work presented on mainstages across Australia. Writing Place is a deliberate investment in an emerging generation of regional Australian storytellers, providing an intensive week of learning, thinking, connecting and most importantly writing to add to the cultural canon of regional storytelling.
We need to tell more stories that celebrate and explore the complex, dynamic, courageous, frustrating, joyful and often mundane heart that is regional Australia.
The best people to tell those stories are regional writers.
Applications are now closed. Stay tuned for more stories
Alysha Herrmann | 0416 267 391 | email@example.com
Country Arts SA | Carclew | Regional Arts Fund | Australian Theatre for Young People
0416 267 391