The Time is Now: All-Teenage Play to Debut in May
Ed Saba | On 14, May 2021
High-school students enrolled in the Young Artist Company are featuring an original, ambitious play from La Boite Theatre. Ten Queensland youths herald the future, representing the diverse political voices of tomorrow in The Time is Now.
Youth and Education Director Ari Palani and Aleea Mounsour teamed up with writer David Burton, a Queensland Premier’s Drama Award shortlist recipient, to create this unique play.
The cast is ‘giving audiences an authentic look into a future imagined by our imminent leaders’, Palani says. Palani and Monsour collaborated 2020’s The Neighbourhood, a cross-cultural performance about seven, displaced people searching for home.
The co-creators worked with the Young Artist Company and performers All the Queens Men to make The Time is Now. La Boite’s Young Artist Company has been teaching performance skills and creating artistic opportunities for students since 2019. Indeed, this is the first time participants of the Young Artist Company have directly shaped La Boite’s programming. An all-teenage cast will feature on the Roundhouse stage for the first time in La Boite’s ninety-six-year history.
‘The Time Is Now gives us the opportunity to voice our opinions and perspectives’, says cast member, Huda Akhali. Now, all the time and effort put in by the troupe is about to pay off. The Time is Now is running for eight nights, starting on May 24. ‘It’s rare to see work that … focuses on Queensland right now, what young people are thinking about’, adds Burton. It’s sure to challenge audiences and inspire conversation about the role of today’s youths in shaping the future.
After the show, you can learn more about the process of working with children and young people in the artistic fields. La Boite is hosting a post-show Artist Talk with Lenine Bourke on May 28.
See all details and links below.
What: Debut of the play The Time is Now
When: May 25 to June 8, eight shows
Where: The Roundhouse Theatre, 6-8 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove QLD 4059
How Much: $45 per booking, $35 for theatre members