So now it’s getting a little bit darker, it’s getting a little bit colder and Autumn is upon us which means so many wonderful things! Our action packed month of April is finally here and the office has been buzzing all March in preparation.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and spending an evening with CYT’s Ambassadors as we kicked off the program for 2015, and what a fabulous bunch of people they are. With ages ranging from 15 – 17 years, thirteen representatives from a range of schools in the ACT,  met in the C-Block foyer to eat pizza and chat about life and art and the big role that theatre plays in each of our lives. We then moved on to the Canberra Theatre Centre to see Black Diggers, Tom Wright’s new piece of Australian writing that has just finished touring the country. It was so inspiring to hear the thoughts and ideas of these future theatre makers and practitioners and I can’t wait for our next catch up at The Bookbinder.

 Imaginarium is finally here! Our Festival of Storytelling for 7-12 year olds, in partnership with the ACT Writers Centre and QL2 Dance, will see Gorman House flooded with children with big imaginations. In the office we’ve been very busy crafting away to make reams and reams of book bunting, to cover the paths and doorways around our venues. It’s going to look amazing!

Our 24 Hour Play Project is well under way, with auditions, casting and a practice run all taking place in March. It was fabulous to see such a huge number of auditionees for this project and I was so disappointed that I couldn’t cast everyone in a role, but please make sure you come back next year for our 2016 productions. Two short plays will be presented on the evening of the 24 hour play project, created by two separate creative teams and casts and if it’s anything like our practice run, the audience is in for a treat!

Our collaborators from Long Cloud Youth Theatre in New Zealand arrive the week after Imaginarium, for a week long creative development with CYT artists for our October production Dead Men’s Wars. New Zealand playwright Ralph McCubbin Howell will be working with the team in the room and at the end of the week, will be performing his award winning one man show, The Bookbinder – a must see for all CYTers!

Finally, we’re topping April off with our Awesome Autumn Adventure workshops for 7 -12 year olds. We couldn’t make April more fun if we tried!

See you next month!