I was lucky enough to be invited to the premier of 13 – A New Musical which had its debut at the Bryan Adams theatre on Friday 25th September.
The Bryan Brown theatre is an impressive local theatre located on Rickard Road in Sydney's western suburb Bankstown. With a cosy 300 seats, it's an intimate experience and you will feel close to the action. The tiered seating makes for excellent vision and the sound systems used were of exceptional quality.'
Whilst the cast and band of 13 are all 'children', they were outstanding performers and singers with brilliant talent and absolutely owned themselves on stage!
The musical itself was focused on the every day struggles of teenagers growing up and finding their place in the world. It has a light hearted and refreshing take on serious issues that all teens go through during school, dealing with parents, maintaining their identity, fitting in and finding out who you are.
Though this might seem like an intense script, it was comical and amusing and involved good messages that all ages could take something from. In fact, I think it should be necessary for all high school students to watch this as it also touches on the effects of bullying, and how ones actions can have significant effects on those around them - be that positive or negative.
The writers and producers however, did it in a way that engages the audience wholly throughout the performance and keeps them entertained and focused. They used drop down screens to show Facebook posts, texts and selfies that the teens were communicating through, displaying the new era of communication that is available to young ones these days and how it has the potential to increase rumours and news that would be the 'hot topic' at the time. It was a brilliant way of showing what was going on 'behind the scenes' in this musical.
All in all, it was impressive with great messages that I would highly recommend for anyone to see as we can all learn something from it - as they sing at they end 'as day goes to day, we all have a bit of homework to do'. Everyone can keep on improving themselves, no matter what your age is!
The musical will be showing until the 3rd October Fri 25th Sept.
Sat 26th Sept: 2pm and 8pm Sun 27th Sept: 2pm
Wed 30 Sept: 8pm
Thu 1st Oct: 8pm
Fri 2nd Oct: 8pm
Sat 3rd Oct: 2pm and 8pm
Bryan Brown theatre is located at 80 Rickard Road, Bankstown. All tickets are $32 and are available here.