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It’s on for young and old in intergenerational show

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In its first stage production in more than two years, Tantrum Youth Arts is bringing together a dynamic ensemble of Lake Mac teens and seniors to share stories and experiences across the generational divide.

Say Something Do Something will take to the stage in Speers Point on Friday 1 (7pm), Saturday 2 (2pm and 7pm) and Sunday 3 April (6pm).

Creative director Nel Kentish said the new production, being performed at the Multi-Arts Pavilion, mima (MAP mima), was an exciting re-entry to the stage for Tantrum.

Say Something Do Something is like an intergenerational mix-tape – in which the ensemble intertwine bold truths and daring fantasies as they find new ways to relate to each other,” she explained.

“Overall, it is a playful, funny and heart-warming show that raises important issues and amplifies the voices of young and old.” 

Since January, the group, led by Lake Macquarie-based theatre maker and community arts facilitator Chris Dunstan, has met weekly to share their stories and experiences across the generational divide, creating important exchanges in culture, language, and understanding of identity.  

“Right from the get-go, everyone was willing to share and express a lot of themselves,” he said.

“They would go from telling incredibly personal stories to ridiculous improvisations within the span of an afternoon – that they could allow themselves to be vulnerable, but also playful, has been really special.”

There are just 50 seats available for each performance, which plays against a rich digital backdrop in beautiful lakeside surroundings.  

Commissioned by Lake Macquarie City Council for the new arts pavilion, Say Something Do Something is an interdisciplinary work that showcases the capabilities of this unique and flexible performance and multimedia arts space. 

“The pavilion provides an excellent platform for the community to create something extraordinary, bringing together authentic storytelling with compelling audio visuals,” Ms Kentish said.

Produced in close collaboration with MAP mima’s curator and technicians, as well as local VJ (video jockey) Just Chuck, the stories within the show are supported with full 360-degree projections within the MAP mima Cube, and live-feed video displayed in the Node, which projects imagery into the park. 

Lake Macquarie City mayor Kay Fraser said Tantrum had been championing youth arts in the Hunter region for more than four decades.

“After a COVID-forced hiatus, it’s great to see them back,” she stated.

“They’ve given everyday members of our community the stage to tell us who they are and what they stand for.

“It’ll be fascinating to hear their stories and see how they come to life.”  

Tickets are $15 or $30 or $5 with a Dine and Discover voucher with bookings available through www.arts.lakemac.com.au

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