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Bay Theatre Players: Compass

Back in 2003, The Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) Foundation was established in Sydney . The company produce many successful plays which highlighted the need for quality works for young people to perform and in 2011 they announced the introduction of an annual ATYP Foundation Commission Award. Australian playwrights were invited to apply and the winning script would be developed for the following years season. In the first year they received 97 entries from experienced Australian playwrights of all ages and eventually they had a long list of twenty then a short list of three. In 2012 finally the proposal that was to become ‘Compass’ was the winner. Jessica Bellamy’s wonderful play Compass was the inaugural ATYP Foundation Commission play.

The play opened at Studio 1 The Wharf Sydney in 2013 and ATYP continue to produce new and exciting Australian plays for young people today.

The Bay Theatre Players are excited to be able to bring Jessica’s play to life on The Playhouse stage in Batemans Bay at the end of June 2022. Our young emerging actors have fully embraced the world of the play and have been in rehearsals over the last couple of months getting ready to entertain you all soon. The playwright Jessica Bellamy and the director of the inaugural performance in 2012, Sarah Parsons, have reached out to our performers to set up a zoom meeting to encourage and support them in their performances and to hear about their experience being involved in the production. This is quite a buzz for the kids and everyone is excited to take part.

We invite everyone to come along and see our production of the award winning play Compass. Opening night will be on Friday 24th June and continuing for 8 performances only to close on Sunday 3rd July. There will be a short Q&A after each of the 4 matinee performances which will provide a great opportunity to get to know the cast.

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