Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

“Under Your Thumb” by Byron Youth Theatre

Byron Youth Theatre’s latest original production: Social Action Youth Theatre at its BEST!

Open up a newspaper, watch the news, read the comments on a not even controversial Facebook post. Why so much abuse? This is one of the main questions posed by Byron Youth Theatre’s (BYT) latest production, Under Your Thumb.

“Youth audiences from previous BYT productions nominated that we devise a show exploring issues of abuse, in relationships, social media and in our wider world,” shares director Lisa Apostolides. “They are looking for answers, how we can change”.

The development and production of Under Your Thumb has been made possible through funding from CASP Regional Arts NSW and Northern Rivers Community Foundation. BYT have also been supported by Arts Northern Rivers, Byron Youth Service, the Women’s Resource Service, Byron Community Association and Brunswick Picture House, all of whom recognise the importance of these issues.

“The process we take when devising a production involves lots of research, connecting with related organisations, interviewing all sorts of people and sharing our own personal experiences,” comments new BYT Emily Wilson. “It gives us such a supportive and creative environment to pose questions and produce new theatre on important issues, by young people for young people and our community.”

The production will be touring local high schools supported by representatives from the Women’s Resource Service who will facilitate youth audiences on how to make positive changes leading towards healthier relationships. A desire to have more audience interaction and several stage areas has led BYT to team up with the Brunswick Picture House crew to deliver a special community performance on 28 November.

“The Brunswick Picture House is committed to supporting the talented youth in our community and the future stars of our stage. We are excited to support this innovative youth theatre company whose work is so important to all those it embraces in our community,” said Brett Haylock, Brunswick Picture House co-owner.

The performance includes live music, dance, dramatic scenes and slam poetry. It contains content that some people may find triggering and is most appropriate for those aged 15+.

Doors open @ 6pm | Show starts @ 6:45pm (Duration 1 hour)

All $15 | online or on the door