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Adelaide’s True North Youth Theatre Ensemble

More than 20 performers appear on stage to share stories about home and family in this debut production from Adelaide’s True North Youth Theatre Ensemble.

Director Alirio Zavarce draws lovely performances from his cast of children and teenagers, who work well individually and together, quite an achievement given the age range and the fact it’s the first time on stage for some.

Zavarce incorporates spoken word, music, puppetry, projections, movement and song into the piece, which is understated with a nice a sense of fun.

Overhead projectors are used to great affect as the actors manipulate words and images in view of the audience, and the screen comes in handy for some shadow play.

Original music by ensemble members is expertly performed by a small band and helps to draw all the elements together.

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.

It has broad appeal but the children in the audience especially loved it.

Louise Nunn
Adelaide Advertiser

  • 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

The Adelaide Review | David Knight | 3rd Aug 2015

Alirio Zavarce: Beautiful Madness

One of this city’s great theatre practitioners is bringing back his award-winning 2013 Fringe production The Book of Loco for a season at the Festival Centre after a successful Melbourne run last year.

Alirio Zavarce is the co-founder of The Border Project, a Windmill Theatre regular, True North’s Artistic Director and director of No Strings Theatre’s acclaimed production Sons & Mothers. The Venezuelan-born Zavarce, who migrated to Australia in 1990, splits his time between entertaining audiences and educating emerging talent. He won the Fringe Award for Best Theatre Production two years in a row with Sons & Mothers (2012) and The Book of Loco (2013), the latter returning to Adelaide after a season at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre in 2014.

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