RAF project highlight: BMEC’s ’17 things’

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’17 Things That The Government Doesn’t Want You To Know About The Internet’ is a new youth theatre show made by young people and theatre professionals in Bathurst.

There’s a secret the governments of the world don’t want you to know about. The INVESS Project promised life eternal – inside the internet. But that was 10 years ago. Now five Bathurst teenagers have been sucked into the net, into INVESS. The world they find is full of mad memes, warped websites, harassing hashtags – and it’s not a place you want to get trapped alone.

This is a project of Local Stages at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and supported by the federal government’s Regional Art Fund and Arts NSW.

Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) have also supported this work and have invited the company to Sydney to perform at the end of the April school holidays. Ticket sales from the Bathurst show on 13 April will support their trip to Sydney on for the show Saturday April 21.

17 Things That The Government Doesn’t Want You To Know About The Internet is a contemporary, slap-stick, musical whirl through cyberspace. With original songs and plenty of pop culture references to get you up-to-date with what the kids are talking about.

The company includes a band “Siri” who will help the audience out with explanations of some of the language being used. The play also includes personifications of some of our favourite internet programs – including Facebook and Instagram. Even MySpace gets a mention.

This new show has been created by an ensemble of 13-16 year olds from Bathurst, made during a series of intensive workshops with local professional theatre makers. Including Penelope Kentish, Maryanne Jaques, Abby Smith and Karl Shead, with the support of Local Stages.

Now the script has been fully developed, songs written and the work will be in production in April with a performance at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC).

“We are thrilled with the work these kids are doing, and it is wonderful that students from all of the local secondary schools are taking part in the show. We have students from Bathurst and Kelso High Schools, Mackillop College, Scots College, St Stanislous College and All Saints” says Kylie Shead, Creative Producer Local Stages. “They have become a great team. All working together to write and develop the script, write songs and work on the design of the show.”

“I hope Bathurst will come along and support their endeavours. They are working incredibly hard and learning new skills along the way. We have bought a great team of professionals on-board to provide guidance but essentially the young people are the drivers of the project.”

The company members are Abby Dinger, Beckham Hadley, Cameron Russell, Daniel Van Klooster, Denzel Frost, Grace Egan, Griffin Elliot, Hamish Dinger, Hannah Chapman, Harvey Shead, Henry Summerton, Jade Newham, Luke Furbank, Madeline Geerkens, Maxwell Semmens, Nyaoki Pearce, Ron Shead and Rory Peters.

Tickets for the performance at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre on Thursday 13 April are now on sale at BMEC Box Office phone 6333 6161.


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