Funded by Northern Rivers Community Foundation, a wonderful donation from Cunning Stunts and the support of the Drill Hall Theatre this incredibly powerful play focuses on pressures that young people often face which can lead to suicidal ideation.
Byron Youth Theatre cast members and Director Lisa Apostolides connected with headspace Lismorer, Stand by response service, Run it Past Me, psychologist Peter Chown, Mindframe, Beyond Blue and Welfare Staff at each of our local high schools.
the full show, performed at the Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby on 9th and 10th December 2017
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, but for many it’s the most difficult time of the year. Those experiencing mental illness can often find this time of year harder to bear.
BYT’s production about youth suicide prevention, Gone Tomorrow, highlights the importance of watching out for such signs in our family and friends and assisting them to get the help and support they may need.
We are offering ONE FREE TICKET TO EACH PERFORMANCE to the first people who contact Lisa by email : email@example.com, subject: Win a ticket, Save a life.
Performances will be held at The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, NSW on SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER at 2pm and 6pm and SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 6pm.
Guest speakers Rose Hogan from StandBy support after suicide service (Saturday 2pm), Michelle Walter, trauma counsellor (Saturday 6pm) and local psychologist Peter Chown (Sunday 6pm) will give a brief talk and Q&A after each performance. Information about local services will be available.
We encourage all parents with teenage children aged 15+ to attend as well as community members as youth suicide prevention is a key concern for all. BYT are very grateful to Northern Rivers Community Foundation for funding this project as well as a Cunning Stunts donation. The production has been supported by Byron Youth Service, headspace, StandBy support after suicide, WayAhead, Mental Health Association of NSW and local school counsellors.
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Art work image: Pablo González-Trejo, Brent, 39 x 31 inches, 100 x 80 cm, 2008, Charcoal and Acrylic on Canvas
This was our first public performance of the P.A.S.H show. (Positive Adolescent Sexual Health), at the Byron Community Centre Theatre.
FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER : DRILL HALL THEATRE 6.30PM, TICKETS ON THE DOOR ( under 18’s FREE)
This powerful and thought provoking production exposes a range of mental health issues which can affect young people’s lives. BYT’s use of song, slam poetry, dance and performance provides a dynamic platform to break down stigma and enable discussion. Followed by a presentation by renowned local psychologist Peter Chown. Recommended 13+
Grab some friends, make a team, register online at
for just $5, work out some nifty outfits ( optional but hey lets have some fun!!)
and come join us on October 14th in Byron for the best morning of fun, meeting whacky characters, undertaking strange challenges, solving riddles, collecting evidence from various shops in town in this amazing scavenger hunt. Ending up at the Byron Flea Market to celebrate and see who wins the great prizes!!
Photo: Tilka Fosmale, Honey Jade, Antonia Canosa, Lisa Apostolides Director of Byron Youth Theatre and production crew.
A Byron Council Small Change Youth grant is enabling Tilka Fosmale, Byron Youth Theatre members and other local youth create a short video which will expose what it’s like to grow up in Byron Bay.
“There are many young people doing amazing things here” comments Tilka “and there are also many specific issues we have to deal with which some adults don’t really understand”.
Part of the inspiration for the project came from BYT members being interviewed by Antonia Canosa, a PhD graduate of Southern Cross University for her dissertation about the effects of growing up in a tourist destination.
“Having grown up in a tourist destination in Italy I was interested to explore how young people in Byron Shire negotiate a sense of identity and belonging amidst the continuous flow of visitors.”
Findings from Antonia’s research suggest that young people have a strong sense of connection and belonging to their community, including the natural and built environment, which is challenged by the transient nature of tourism activity in the region. There are several key challenges that young people face growing up in the Byron Shire including feelings of alienation at peak tourist times. Young people have also talked about the perceived lack of safety at these times and of the impacts of tourism activity on the natural environments in their community. Transport and events in the North of the Shire are also problematic with the latter currently being addressed by Byron Youth Service.
Honey Jade, who is involved as part of the production crew recognises that it there is little opportunity for young people to voice their opinions in the community in a constructive way.
“We’d love to see Youth Council come back, apart from all the great projects that they organised, it was a way of us having a say”
To get involved in this production please contact Tilka via firstname.lastname@example.org
September 10th marks World Suicide Prevention Day and BYT are organising a special event at the Youth Activity Centre in Byron Bay thanks to some funding from North Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF)
The afternoon will see us presenting a short video of our Here Today Forum Theatre production which toured local high schools in June this year followed by a community forum with guests speakers discussing how best to support and protect our young people.
Please come join us in raising awareness, sharing strategies and building great community safety nets.
Cakes and refreshments will be on sale as a small fundraiser for BYS who we want to thank for supporting this event
Performed at Shearwater Steiner School, Mullumbimby.
This is our second forum production.
Forum theatre was developed by South American dramatist Augusto Boal, who originally called it Theatre of the Oppressed.
Theater of the Oppressed is an arsenal of theater techniques and games that seeks to motivate people, restore true dialogue, and create space for participants to rehearse taking action. It begins with the idea that everyone has the capacity to act in the “theater” of their own lives; everybody is at once an actor and a spectator. We are “spect-actors!” — a term which Boal coined.
Boal points out that when we are simply passive audience members, we transfer our desire to take action onto the characters we identify with, and then find that desire satiated as the conflict resolves itself on stage, in films or in the news. Catharsis substitutes for action.
Boal, following Brecht, calls this bourgeois theater, which functions to reproduce elite visions of the world and pacify spectators. He says bourgeois theater is “finished” theater; the bourgeoisie already know what the world is like and so simply present it onstage.
In contrast to bourgeois theater, “the people” do not yet know what their world will be like Their “authentic” theater is therefore unfinished, and can provide space to rehearse different possible outcomes. As Boal says: “One knows how these experiments will begin but not how they will end, because the spectator is freed from his chains, finally acts, and becomes a protagonist.
Many thanks to the Santos Organics Staff Charity Fund grant. This grant will enable BYT to create a new production on health and well being on 2018. We’re looking forward to creating a fun informative production and teaming up with health organisations as well as Santos. Thank you thank you thank you!! We love Santos Organics.