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THE TRIALS

by Dawn King

CANBERRA YOUTH THEATRE
COURTYARD STUDIO - CANBERRA THEATRE CENTRE
2023

The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)
The Trials (2023)

DIRECTOR  Luke Rogers

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Emily Austin
LIGHTING DESIGNER 
Ethan Hamill

SOUND DESIGNER & COMPOSER  Patrick Haesler
STAGE MANAGER Rhiley Winnett

 

CAST

Aadhya Karthik
Alexi Clark Mitchell
Edith Baggoley
Genevieve Bradley
Imogen Bigsby-Chamberlin
Jacqueline Tatam
Joshua James
Kathleen Dunkerley
Matthew Hogan
Phoebe Silberman
Sebastian Leigh
Tara Saxena

with
Elaine Noon
Zsuzsi Soboslay
Michael Sparks

PHOTOGRAPHY  Ben Appleton

The Trials was a Canberra Youth Theatre production

REVIEWS

"Artistic Director Luke Rogers has produced a turbo charged revival that ricochets with vitality and relevance. It is youth theatre at its very best, dynamic, honest and relevant to the highly skilled teenage performers... Rogers’ vibrant, tight and fast paced production is as relevant as it was all those years ago.." — Canberra Critics Circle

"cleverly imagined… a show for multiple generations" — Canberra CityNews

"a thoroughly entertaining production which appropriately celebrates the achievements of Canberra Youth Theatre’s 50 years of existence" — Australian Arts Review

SYNOPSIS

AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE

 

It’s easy for you to accuse me now but you don’t understand. Everyone lived like we did! Well maybe not ‘everyone’, everyone. But… I wasn’t worse than anyone else.

 

The near future. The heat is stifling. The air is unbreathable. The climate emergency is escalating and there’s going to be a reckoning as those responsible are held to account for the damage done. The jurors? Teenagers.

A jury of young people weigh up the fate of adult defendants, each of whom attempts to defend their carbon footprint and its devastating consequences. But are the jury delivering justice, or just taking revenge?

Confronting, shocking, and searingly relevant, The Trials grapples with the burning questions of our age – what kind of planet are we leaving for our children? Will they condemn us for not taking action when we had the chance? And will they be justified?

In 2023, Canberra Youth Theatre staged the Australian premiere of one of the most urgent and galvanising plays of our time.

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