Past Shows

  • Searching for Winta and Youth Forum

    This showing of Searching for Winta is the second stage in the creative development of the vibrant new work devised by the Phoenix Youth Theatre.

    Some of us are believers, some are non-believers. One thing’s for sure there have been sightings. Everyone’s searching for something.
    Winta is everything you are looking for.

    Followed by:

    Why do we do it for? – A forum about socially engaged youth theatre.
    This dynamic and democratic forum explores what we might mean by ‘socially engaged’ art and what the purpose and value of our practice is in an increasingly divided society and and rapidly expanding digital world. A panel of emerging artists will speak about their practice and respond to questions, then it’s open to the audience to engage, challenge and generate discussion.

    Date: Friday 14 August
    Time: 6pm for Searching for Winta
    7pm for Why do we do it for? discussion panel.
    Venue: VU Footscray Nicholson campus (cnr Nicholson and Buckley Streets Footscray). Building N (Beanland Building) Room N221 level 2
    Free Entry


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  • Arabian Nights

    Tate Street Primary School and Western Edge Youth Arts present Arabian Nights.

    Scheherazade has married the evil Sultan. What stories can she tell to live another day?

    Four fast, funny tales about goats, gold, ghosts and genies.

    Date: Friday 7th August
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Shenton Performing Arts Centre, Cnr Garden & Ryrie Sts East Geelong


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  • Iago Interactive

    Iago Interactive has toured schools in Melbourne’s west in June and July, including North Geelong Secondary College, Footscray City College, VU Secondary College (Deer Park), Hume Central Secondary College and Manor Lakes P-12 (Wyndham) during June and July.

    The interactive work takes selected characters and scenes from Iago, a radical contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, created by the Edge Ensemble, and performed in a highly acclaimed season at the Coopers Malthouse theatre in May 2015. Iago Interactive includes discussions of safe sex, pornography, male violence, women and men’s attitudes to sex and how to build respectful relationships. It challenges male violence against women and promotes respectful relationships through a unique interactive model that allows the audience to comment on, question and impact the outcomes of the piece


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  • Second-Hand Neverland and Split, Trouble and Rumours

    North Geelong Secondary College and Western Edge Youth Arts present Second-Hand Neverland and Split, Trouble and Rumours.

    A group of four short, fast and funny plays created by the year 7 and 9 students of NGSC.

    Date: Tuesday 23 June
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Geelong Peforming Arts Centre, Drama Theatre 50 Little Mallop Street Geelong
    Price $5

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  • Forbidden

    Western Edge Youth Arts and North Geelong Secondary College present Forbidden.

    Lee is in love with Sandra. Luna has fallen in love with two boys at the same time. The only problem is their love is forbidden.

    A fast paced comedy about love, culture and football.

    Dates: Thursday 14th May – Friday 15th May
    Time: 7pm
    Venue: Drama Studio North Geelong Secondary College 130 Separation Street, Bell Park
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  • Iago

    Set in a fictitious boxing gym, Iago re-imagines Shakespeare’s characters as young people from different cultural backgrounds from Melbourne’s western suburbs. Expect to be captivated with this contemporary, fast-paced exploration of gender identity and sexual politics in a rapidly changing world.

    Presented by Western Edge Youth Arts and performed by the Edge Ensemble.

    Date: 7 to 9 May 2015
    Time: 7 May at 7pm, 8 May at 7pm, 9 May at 3pm and 7pm
    Venue: Malthouse Theatre, 115 Sturt St Southbank.
    Tickets: Adults $28, Conc $20, group discounts for 10 or more.
    MA 15+ Contains strong themes and sexual references

    ‘This vigorous contemporary adaptation of Othello transplants the plot of Shakespeare’s tragedy to a boxing gym in the western suburbs. It’s a thoroughly multicultural production – one of its pleasures lies in seeing an ensemble of young actors who claim heritage from countries as diverse as Samoa and Uganda, performing with confidence.’ The Age, 8 May 2015

    ‘Tackling the themes of Shakespeare’s morally complex tragedy Othello is challenging, but this visceral and provocative re-imagining handles it bravely and delicately. A skilfully interwoven examination of identity in a modern multicultural society.’ Time Out Melbourne, 8 May 2015


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  • Searching For Winta

    Presented by Phoenix Youth Theatre as part of 2015 National Youth Week celebrations, Searching For Winta is high quality, youth devised theatre.

    Who is Winta? Will she solve all our problems? Has she got all the answers? And, more importantly, is she going to turn up at the warehouse so we can finally meet her?

    Date: Friday 17 April 2015
    Time: 5pm
    Venue: VU Metro West 138 Nicholson St, Footscray 3011


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  • Scheherazade

    Performed by Uprising Theatre, Phoenix Youth Theatre, North Geelong Youth Theatre and the Edge Ensemble and presented in partnership with Footscray Community Art Centre, at the Footscray Community Arts Centre from 4 to 6 December 2014.

    Scheherazade was a unique interactive installation performance that took audiences on an unforgettable journey.

    In the haunted warehouse by the river, a gangsta known as ‘The Man’ married a new wife every month only to then kill her so she could never be unfaithful to him. In this retelling of the classic Persian tale, a modern day Scheherazade sorted out this monster-man once and for all – with a bustling brave audience, right behind her.

    ‘…a very complex series of interweaving stories underlining the serious theme of violence towards women… great inventiveness and ingenuity… intensity of performance…’ – Melbourne Observer


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  • Boxed

    Devised and performed by the AAWE Collective (Arts Access / Western Edge), Boxed was a cross art-form theatre installation exploring notions of transformation, featured as part of The Big West Festival on 23 November 2014.

    Presented in partnership with Arts Access Victoria.


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  • Forbidden (First Showing)

    Performed by North Geelong Secondary College students at the Croatian Association Hall in Geelong on 8 November 2014, Forbidden was a fast-moving comedy about love, life, culture and football.

    Presented in association with North Geelong Secondary College.

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