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Are you a young person interested in performing arts?

Join our award winning theatre ensemble

The True North Youth Theatre Ensemble is an initiative led by Award winning theatre maker Alirio Zavarce who is creating new opportunities for the young people of the northern suburbs of Adelaide to train, to learn performance skills, to play, and to perform. You will learn by making theatre and have three workshops with exciting new projects each year. Our inaugural performance A Sense of Home won the Fringe Festival 2014 Graham Smith Peace True Award. Learn more.

Free School holiday program

When – Thursday the 12th of October 2-4pm
Location – The Platform (Under the same roof as Northern Sound System)
Activity – Come and have fun and games all based around the story of the Big Bad Wolf.  We will play games, make houses and make new stories all about the Big Bad Wolf.
(Please bring a snack and a drink bottle)

Friday the 13th of October

Drop of 1230pm at The Platform
Pick up 4pm at The Platform
Activity – Come and see Windmill Theatre Company’s adaptation of ‘The Big Bad Wolf’ at the Playhouse Theatre at the Festival Centre.
(Please bring a snack and a drink bottle)
“He’s the most misunderstood character in fairy tale history. Put simply he has no friends. But then he does have incredibly sharp teeth, yellow eyes and his own ideas about personal hygiene, and he is the infamous Big Bad Wolf after all. No one likes him. Luckily one girl is brave enough to double check this wolf’s bad press and an unlikely friendship is born. This hilarious, table-turning tale will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place.”

Please note this is a two day program for children aged 5-12 years old. No split bookings and only children may attend this program.

Please book by sending an email with the child’s name and age to ajzproductions@hotmail.com or by calling 0406991491 and asking to speak to Juliette.

What the critics are saying

  • Bank SA Talk Fringe

    Alirio Zavarce has done it again. This talented Director seems to have a knack of pulling together a group of people, offering them safe haven to explore their world and then asks them share it with an audience. Bravo Alirio, bring on the next production because I’ll be there ready, sitting in the front row with my hanky.

    Giselle R TalkFringe
  • The Advertiser Newspaper

    This show is more than just theatre…This show has soul.

    The Advertiser
  • Adelaide Theatre Guide

    Director Alirio Zavarce dreamed of using theatre making as a teaching tool and that’s exactly what he’s accomplished. Within a year, Adelaide’s newest youth theatre company has created young artists who write the script, compose songs, create puppetry and bring it all together in their first show which tackles that big question: what makes a sense of home?

    Kylie Pedler Adelaide Theatre Guide
  • In Daily

    This ensemble tugs on the heartstrings with its insightful and diverse descriptions of home. If “memories are what makes a home”, then it stands to reason that A Sense of Home will leave an indelible memory in your heart.

    Patricia Herreen In Daily
  • Glam Adelaide

    Stories of climbing trees, telling ghosts stories and moving overseas into extraordinary works of theatrical art. A Sense of Home will no doubt bring you back to a world of childish innocence and fun and will, of course, make you go “Awww” a good few times!

    James Rudd GlamAdelaide
  • The Advertiser Newspaper

    The actors manipulate words and images in view of the audience. This is a sweet and honest show that offers gentle insights into the thoughts and attitudes of young people, and leaves you with a good feeling…the children in the audience especially loved it.

    Louise Nunn The Advertiser
  • Arts Hub

    Access to the development of creativity and the development of young people through art is of paramount importance to the community. It is not only a human right but a need in our community to help our young people develop their skills, confidence and their artistic potential.

    Arts Hub
  • The Australian Newspaper

    A Kid Like Me, presented by the 12-member True North Youth Theatre and directed by Alirio Zavarce (Parks Theatre, May 20), invites audiences to identify and respond to common issues for young people. With a repertoire of nine plays to choose from, the audience uses electronic voting devices to select themes such as social anxiety, peer pressure, bullying, “sexyfication” and the future. Expertly managed by Zavarce and writer Sally Hardy, with thrifty design by Kathryn Sproul, A Kid Like Me is a version of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre at its enjoyable best: vividly presenting life situations and giving young people a chance to interact and register their opinions.

    Murray Bramwell The Australian
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    Congratulations on an outstanding production today. I enjoyed the work on so many levels. It was wonderful to see the youth ensemble so present in their bodies, ideas, characters, and storytelling. I appreciated the innovative staging and creative use of props (chairs as weight!), and the strong design elements of sound, video, and lighting. Most of all it was fun to be amongst the young people. It was terrific to hear the "this is so cool"; "What do you think?" "Pick green, Pick green" interaction from the students sitting around us.

    Katie Dawson University professor and US arts integration specialist
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