Adelaide’s award-winning director Alirio Zavarce, known for his work with No Strings Attached, is bringing a new work to the stage this coming week.
True North Youth Theatre Ensemble was founded by Zavarce as vehicle for engaging disengaged young people, through the power of theatrical expression.
Premiering at the Dream Big Festival, Dropout explores one of the largely unexamined areas of pyscho-social stress: the feeling of isolation for a young person who has left school early. It looks at the reason why young people drop-out or truant: a social issue which births many others.
True North currently has four ensembles: Port Adelaide, Enfield, Marion and Elizabeth. Dropout brings all four together in a meta-ensemble of over forty performers, all between the ages of 8 and 19.
As well as being highly entertaining, this work is a starting point to a conversation about solutions. Devised by the ensembles, under Zavarce’s tutelage, this is not an adult’s take on adolescent life, but an expression from the heart of these young people themselves.
This is a World Premiere not to be missed.
Dropout plays at Tandanya Theatre from May 22nd to 27th with plenty of day-time shows as well as evening. Duration 60 minutes.