New theatre shines a light on untold stories of bravery and challenge
A homeless young woman stinks of Maccas fries as she tries to sleep in her car in the middle of the day. A boy gets sold by his mother for five thousand dollars. A man on bail tries to get his life back on track. A sister and her brother fight to keep each other in their lives.
All these amazing stories are explored in ‘To Be Honest’: a new Australian theatre work created in collaboration with young people from Canterbury Bankstown and presented by BYDS. Written and directed by Stefo Nantsou, the show examines contemporary stories of cultural displacement, homelessness, cycles of crime and the challenging struggles of some young people living extraordinary lives around the Canterbury Bankstown area.
BYDS Director Tim Carroll said that he is, “Excited to create a platform for these stories to be heard by a wider audience.” Tim also referred to the cast of actors that Stefo had chosen as, “A fantastic combination of professional and community trained artists, all locals.”
To Be Honest was developed through a series of one to one interviews with young people who regularly attend Youth Off the Streets, Bankstown. Stefo Nantsou workshopped these interviews with local rappers, actors, poets and musicians to further develop the script.
To Be Honest is supported by the City of Canterbury Bankstown and funded by the NSW Government through the Stronger Communities Fund.
Tickets can be bought from tobehonest.eventbrite.com it premieres on the 27th of September and wraps up on the 30th of September.
I had a wonderful trip overseas during April and May. It now seems like a long time ago but images of Sri Lanka and Ireland do flit through my mind, refreshing me during this Sydney Winter. Whilst I was away the work of BYDS in community continued unabated with Kevin, Felix, Vyvienne, Craig, Bilal and Zainab all doing great things in their respective projects. Of particular note was Bankstown Poetry Slam who ran their Real Talk program with nine high schools. The Real Talk finale was something wonderful to be involved in and made me realise yet again why BPS is so important. Thanks to the Scanlon social cohesion fund for making that program happen again in 2017.
Tim Carroll, Director
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Just because the Director is on leave doesn’t mean it slows down around here. While Tim is enjoying his (well earned) time off, the team at BYDS has been working extra hard with so many projects in the pipeline.
Below is a little bit of what we’ve been up to.
Kevin Ngo, Administrator
Writing Workshops in Bankstown!
BYDS is extremely excited to offering writing workshops in partnership with the Sydney Story Factory. One of the two projects we will be working on with them is the Novella Project writing workshop. Young writers aged 13-17 will have the opportunity to be mentored and guided to have a novella published by the end of the year. The writing workshops, held weekly at the Bankstown Arts Centre, will see experienced workshop facilitators offering advice and editorial assistance to the workshop participants.
The workshops will run for the entire year. By the end of the workshops, each participant will take home a copy of their own novella which will also be on sale at the Martian Embassy in Redfern. We look forward working with the Sydney Story Factory to share the stories of young people in the Canterbury-Bankstown area.
more “Writing workshops! Get your story published – Novella Project 2017”
Halfway through December now, moving towards 2017. Our indoor plants provide us with sweet oxygen and greenery and are immune from the crazy hot days we just experienced. These beautiful plants and our worm farm remind me once again of how much we depend on nature to give us a life to live and how we must also think of how our day to day activities stress the biosphere.
With this in mind, we look forward to a huge year in 2017 with performance projects; The Bond, writing and illustration with Root and Branch, HipHop through 4ELEMENTS and RESPECT and community stories through COMPACT being given a new life to share through podcast, image and passion.
2016 was a crazily productive year that you can all read about in our annual report. All of us here at BYDS wish our readers a happy holiday and hope the season gives you time to reflect on the importance of friends and family.
Tim Carroll, Director
more “BYDS Breakdown – December Newsletter”
The first few truly hot days have arrived in Bankstown and all around I hear the sounds of birds in the big fig trees as new baby fledglings learn to fly. Ravens, Currawongs and our resident Butcher bird all compete for food and other resources as the cycle of life continues unabated.
Like many, we feel a sense of change with the news from the US and steel ourselves to continue to make art with communities that challenge misogyny, racism and fear all with a sense of wonder and joy. It is not the end of the world, just a new and challenging time. Hold on for an potentially interesting ride.
Tim Carroll, Director
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