Over the past two months, an ensemble of Lake Mac teens and seniors have been meeting for two hours a week to workshop this exciting new production.
Facilitated by Chris Dunstan, these workshops were created as a safe space where each ensemble member was asked to tackle some of the bigger questions in life, share ideas, be brave and tell their own personal stories.
What eventuated was, in their own words, “a live intergenerational multi-arts mash-up of words, actions, video and theatre.”
Upon entry to the performance space at the new Lake Mac Multi-Arts Pavilion at Speers Point Park (MAP mima) we are treated to a multi-media feast. Music, lighting, image projections on every wall, video, live performance, singing, even live ukulele playing.
Throughout the performance we also see real-time video images of cast members using the view of Lake Mac itself as a backdrop with its everyday people walking by, reminding us that what we are listening to are real stories, shared by real people.
The questions they tackle are perhaps ones we have asked ourselves from time to time; What’s something difficult you have overcome? What’s something you want to achieve in the future? What are your thoughts on the Afterlife? If Politicians acted like you hoped they would, how would they act? And What would you like your last or first words to be?
What we learn through the exploration of these questions is that by acknowledging our differences, the narrative meets each member of the audience exactly where they are at and we realise that our individual experiences transcend age, gender, identity and all the other things that can at times make us feel ‘other’.
As it was so succinctly put, “our tears are all the same colour and everyone’s **** stinks”.
The performance concludes with a reflection of our inner selves, a breaking of the fourth wall asking if the audience believes theatre can change the world, a song performed about regret vs acceptance, and the lingering message that if we’re better at loving ourselves and each other then there’s less room for regret, whatever our stories are.
Overall it was a wonderful performance of organically grown theatre and a daring blueprint for intergenerational exchange.
To find out more about Tantrum Youth Arts and see what they’ve got coming up, visit tantrum.org.au.