Think that there aren’t enough youth involved in the arts today? Think again, with the inaugural Asian Youth Theatre Festival this October to show you the sheer variety of cultures and people across Asia finding themselves increasingly entwined with the future of theatre.
Taking place from 13th – 15th October, the inaugural festival will feature both local and regional theatre groups performing shows and conducting workshops to show the what the artists of tomorrow are made of. Organized by Buds Theatre, the festival aims to become an annual event where youths from all over Asia can come together to exchange ideas and cement youth theatre as an essential part of the artistic landscape.
This year’s theme focuses on cultural diversity and will be bringing in five regional groups, in addition to five local groups to each perform a 15-50 minute original performance based on the theme, relating back to the greater ideals of national identity and belonging. In addition, each theatre company will also be staging a specialist workshop as they share with audience members their unique art form and theatre making process.
The five regional companies taking part are Deep Acting Youth Theatre (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam), Gigi Art of Dance (Jakarta, Indonesia), Seni Teater Rakyat’s The Actor’s Studio (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia), Prachyanat (Dhaka, Bangladesh) and YATTA (Dumaguette, Philippines), while the five local companies are the Ravindran Drama Group’s HYPOKRITE Youth Wing, Route180 Productions, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Young Co., The Second Breakfast Company and of course, Buds Youth Theatre. Local talents such as Sharda Harrison, Ebi Shankara, Gloria Tan and Julius Foo will also be conducting seminars and workshops for interested participants.
As October draws nearer, come celebrate this festival for youths, by youths as it nurtures new theatre talents and brings us closer through its showcase of diversity and optimistic outlook on the bright future of regional theatre.
The Asian Youth Theatre Festival takes place at *Scape from 13th – 15th October. Tickets to the Asian Youth Theatre Festival performances and workshops available from Peatix For more information and the full lineup, check out their website here
The youth theatre performances are as follows:
LINES by Deep Acting Youth Theatre
(TITLE) by GIGI Art of Dance
Still Taming by The Actor’s Studio
Beder Meye (The Snake Charmer) by Prachyanat
Dagit (Snatch) by YATTA
Pazhuppu by HYPOKRITE
Can’t Get Enough by Route180 Productions
The House Party by Buds Youth Theatre
The Three Questions by The Young Co.
The Wedding Pig by The Second Breakfast Company
Asian Youth Theatre Festival 2017
When: 13th – 15th October