A Kid Like Me

Premiere season at Come Out Children’s Festival 2015

A Kid Like Me presented by True North Youth Theatre Ensemble in association with Come Out Festival for Children, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, The Parks Theatre and Adelaide Festival Centre

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.

The audience becomes part of the show using innovative handheld Zig Zag Controllers, technology developed by The Border Project, which allow them to work together with the performers and influence the direction of the narrative, characters and settings and ultimately find a solution. Young people in the audience can decide what topics are most important to them and how the performance is played out.

Each show is different with only 3 top issues being performed and a Q and A occurs at the conclusion of the show.  A Kid Like Me combines interactivity with techniques of the Theatre of the Oppressed in which spectators become active; exploring, analysing and transforming the reality in which they live and promoting social change through the arts.

A Kid Like Me was presented as part of Come Out Festival for Children in May 2015.

Devised, Original concept and directed’ by Alirio Zavarce

Written by Sally Hardy for and with Alirio Zavarce and the True North Youth Theatre Ensemble

Juliette Zavarce
Producer – AJZ Productions – True North Youth Theatre Ensemble
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Directed by
Alirio Zavarce

Written and devised by
Alirio Zavarce in collaboration with the Members and Tutors of True North Youth Theatre Ensemble

Sponsorship by
AJZ Productions
The Border Project

 

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What the critics are saying about True North

  • 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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