In May 2017 we had the World Premiere of EBully at theDreamBig Children’s Festival.We had amazing responses from schools, families and audience members. We would love to take this work across Australia and encourage other people to be part of the solution.
Alirio Zavarce and True North Youth Theatre Ensemble’s E Bully is a direct response to cyber-bullying
Peter Burdon, The Advertiser
May 18, 2017 8:54am
The Parks Theatre
until May 27
ONE of the more insidious forms of harassment in our society, cyber-bullying, has rightly stirred the powers-that-be into belated action in a country where this particular scourge is endemic.
Alirio Zavarce and his True North Youth Theatre Ensemble have developed E Bully as a direct response to lived experience, and are to be roundly commended for the honesty and integrity they’ve brought to the project.
Theatre as a vehicle for social change is hardly a new concept, but what this group does is truly
impressive, inasmuch as they engage the audience while delivering theatre of a really high standard, delivering their vital message in such a way as to encourage the audience to confront vile, cruel behaviour when they see it.
If the words of E Bully ring true, it’s because they are. The fourteen members of the ensemble have each given of their own to the production, which Zavarce and his collaborators have skilfully interleaved with a representative story about a teenager who’s trolled at school, and an natty chat room in which the audience — your writer included — were offering their own baubles and barbs, a stark demonstration of the power of anonymity.
Each show concludes with a Q&A, which is absolutely obligatory. The message comes through loud and clear. E Bullying is not just wrong, it’s a crime, and its perpetrators must be called out whenever they rear their heads. Bravo to these courageous young folk, and good luck.
A new and exciting opportunity is emerging in the City of Marion
We are extremely happy to announce that True North is coming to Marion. Commencing in Term 4 2017 True North Marion will emerge.
AJZ Productions has recently been supported by the City of Marion to start a new exciting chapter: “True North Marion” 20 scholarships valued at $800 each will be offered to young people aged 13 to 17 residing in the City of Marion to attend weekly workshops at the Marion Cultural Centre.
An open Workshop/Auditions will be conducted on Monday 9th of October from 2pm to 4pm at The Marion Cultural Centre and workshops will begin in term 4, 2017. True North Marion will provide Youth interested in the arts a free, social, collaborative and safe place in which they will be able to express themselves to teach performance skills and practices. It aims to break down cultural barriers, promotes self-esteem, confidence and provide high level tuition. The Ensemble will be led by Artistic Director Alirio Zavarce an award-winning theatre maker and performer and a team of arts professionals.
The pilot project will be ‘A Sense of Home’ – finding the voice of the youth in the ensemble. Through a series of workshops participants will explore who they are, where they live, what they do and what is their cultural background. What are the links that bring us together within the local area and explore the issues for the individual and the community. The aim is to learn by creating to give participants skills, obtain a sense of bonding, and find the strengths, identity and pride in the place where we live.
“The opportunity to engage and expand our program for young people in the city of Marion is literally a dream come true for True North – we are so excited by this new chapter in our journey as a cutting-edge youth theatre organisation”
Alirio Zavarce – Artistic Director – True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
Are you 7 to 17? Do you like acting, theatre, improvising and creating things? Would you like to learn from theatre professionals and becoming part of a team? Well, there is no better time to join True North Youth Theatre Ensemble🙂 We just arrive back from representing Australia at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Canada and All our workshops program start again next week. We are creating 3 new works with our 3 ensembles in Hillcrest, Klemzig and Elizabeth. Our workshops are open now to new members, but places are limited!!! For more information: contact us
Check out our free school holiday program happening this July school holidays. A perfect way for kids to get a taste of True North.
On the 19th July we will be running a visual art workshop with the lovely Olivia Jones this be held from 1-3pm at The platform 73 Elizabeth Way Elizabeth – right next door to Northern Sound System. This will be followed by Drama Games and fun! Please bring a drink bottle and a snack.
On the 20th July we will pick kids up from The Platform at 12pm and drive them to the festival centre to see ‘The 52 story Treehouse’ at the Festival Centre. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids to get a taste of professional performance. Please send kids with a packed lunch and a drink bottle.
The pick up time is 330pm at The Platform.
This is a strictly a two day program and only kids can attend. Ages are 7-12 please spread the word but there are limited places available so book in quick.
Please RSVP to this email only – email@example.com
No phone calls please as we are currently overseas doing a creative development in Austin Texas till July 11th.
Adelaide Theatre group from northern suburbs called True North Youth Theatre Ensemble fly to Ontario in Canada next month to represent Australia in the World Festival of Theatre for Children, performing their wholly original work, A Kid like Me. For many it will be the first time they will have left the State, for others the first time they’ve left the country, but for them all it’s set to be a journey of a lifetime. Everyone at True North Youth Theatre has been working incredibly hard organising and running fundraising events and through our Pozible Campaign in order to make this trip possible. Without the Dedication and support from all the families and friends this would never have been possible. From all of us at True North Youth Theatre Ensemble.
A Kid Like Me is a series of mini-plays focused on themes that worry, trouble and are relevant to young people. Through the plays, the True North Youth Theatre Ensemble explores what it means to be a kid and asks the audience: Are you a kid like me? The issues were selected by the members of the Senior Ensemble and included Social Anxiety, Over sexualisation of young girls, Bullying, Consumerism, Peer pressure, First World Problems, Social Justice, Pressure to Succeed and The Future.
We are only performing 4 shows before we head of to represent Australia at the World Festival for Children’s Theatre in Stratford Canada. Please come and support our show.
On the 28th of June True North Youth Theatre Ensemble Anglicare SA Scholarship Program presented its first project at the Shedley Theatre namely “Our Home”. “Our Home” was the first step for the Ensemble to use theatre making as a teaching tool. Under the direction of Alirio Zavarce, and with the help of the creative team, the ensemble wrote the text, developed images, ideas, movement pieces, sounds, they composed songs, created puppetry and made films. You saw them operate the show, sing, animate, play and tell their stories. They all worked really hard and the majority had never been in front of an audience before. To say that we are mega proud would be an understatement. “Our Home” was our starting project as it was important to start at the beginning. Starting a group from scratch, they didn’t know us and we didn’t know them. Yet we wanted them to collaborate, to play, share and create together.
True North Youth Theatre Ensemble Anglicare SA Scholarship program now embarks on its next project with a journey exploring the world of “Imagination”. Classes will recommence on August 30th at The Platform – 73 Elizabeth Way Elizabeth from 230pm – 4pm. Enrolments for children aged 8 – 12 years are open but hurry as there are limited positions available. For more information and enrolment please contact us.
Well our feet have not even touched the ground since the fringe and we already working on the next step for True North Youth Theatre Ensemble.
We have recently been funded by the Anglicare Communities for Childrens Plus Program to extend our reach to the City of Playford and have opened a scholarship program running out of the Platform in Elizabeth. This program is for City of Playford residence aged 8-12 years and is running from 230pm – 4pm on Saturdays.
As it is a scholarship program positions are limited and conditions apply. This groups is also working on a version of “A Sense of Home” that will be presented in the Shedly Theatre in Elizabeth on June 28th. Meanwhile our Junior and Senior groups have enjoyed getting back our home in Klemzig and Hillcrest and are working on skill development and characterisation for the next term.
After such an exciting time during the Fringe it is great to see both groups so connected and engaged. We are also really happy to have welcomed some new members to our theatre workshops.
We have introduced some amazing new tutors with a variety of skills and we are excited to announce that True North Youth Theatre Ensemble is confirmed to be a part of the Come Out 2015 programming. Its an exciting time to join True North with only limited positions available don’t miss out!
We didn’t enter the Fringe to win an award but when the award was announced in the Fringe Club on closing night I can not say how proud I felt of everyone who was involved in this project. Winning the Graham Smith Peace Trust award was one of the proudest moments I have felt for a very long time.
The first time I watched the True North Ensemble perform A Sense of Home at the Channel 9 studios I was nervous. There was so much going through my head it was hard to actually focus on the show. The curtains opened and the music began to play and here I was sitting in my first show of True North Youth Theatre Ensemble. To say I had butterflies was an understatement.
What happened next was floods of laughter, moments of utter disbelief of how well our kids were performing and it ended with me giving them a standing ovation with tears pouring down my face. We had done it. Not only had we built an ensemble from scratch True North had just delivered an amazing performance of which anyone would be proud of.
I would like to congratulate everyone who was involved in this Production – starting of course with my Husband but also Artistic Director – Alirio Zavarce, our Tutors Maryanne Boettcher, Emma Beech, Brad Williams (who also worked on projections) and Ezra Juanta, Productions Manager, Light Designer and Technician, Dush Kumar, Set and Costume Designer, Kathryn Sproul, Graphic Artist, Nathan Little and our musicians Tyson Olson, Ezra Juanta (again) and Aaron Akeroyd. But of course this production could not of happened without our Ensemble. So big congratulations to all our of our Junior and Senior Ensemble members who worked tirelessly throughout the school holidays to finesse and create something that was an award winning critically acclaimed show.
We have certainly launched with a blast and join now as there is more exciting projects on the horizon so stay tuned…
Juliette Zavarce – Producer – True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
Sons And Mothers: a moving theatre treat
Every now and then theatre audiences are treated to a performance that changes the way we look at ourselves and the world around us. Such a show is being staged right now in Adelaide called Sons And Mothers.
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Sons And Mothers: a love letter
Seven men wanted to send a love letter to their mothers, says the trailer for theSons & Mothersdocumentary. But only six could.
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We are very excited that the whole True North Youth Theatre Ensemble are going to see Sons & Mothers tonight 🙂
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