An other-wordly production by D’Faces of Youth has been given the green light after the group secured $10,700 from the federal government’s March Regional Arts Funding round.
You’ll be taking a tour of our evidence to show that we have been visited by aliens. We are going to show you the proof, so there’s a lot of cool props to make.Deb Hughes, D'Faces Manager.
The funding will be used to engage professional theatre practitioners Claire Glenn and Antony Kelly, who will work with a local sound and animation expert and members of the group to develop an interactive immersive theatre experience.
The production, titled Area 53, is focused on replicating an alien invasion of Earth. It will aim to convince the audience that aliens are among us.
Company Manager Deborah Hughes said the performers were very excited to get the green light for the play.
“We are going to create an immersive experience around that idea. It’s very sci-fi which the kids are into, it will be something that focuses on audience participation,” she said.
“You’ll be taking a tour of our evidence to show that we have been visited by aliens. We are going to show you the proof, so there’s a lot of cool props to make.
“There’s going to be a lot of creation of props and costuming that will be part of the project. Then we have a professional artist coming in to assist us in creating the theatre experience in October.”
Ms Hughes said being able to engage professional practitioners for the project was a big boost for D’Faces.
“It’s a really valuable thing for the community and us as an organisation. To actually have that interaction with people who are professional artists in their field gives the kids a great opportunity to learn new things,” she said.
“It feeds into our organisations in lots of different ways.”
Claire Glenn is an award-winning youth arts practitioner, and has been created a variety of different theatre productions.
Antony Kelly is also well-known and focuses on the digital media side of the theatre experience.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomed the funding announcement.
“I have visited D’faces of Youth Art and have been very impressed with our young actors’ participation enthusiasm and performances.”