Every community has generations of unheard stories we don't always take the time to listen to. A group of young artists between the ages of 13 and 19 from Marian St Theatre for Young People have turned that on its head by interviewing important older people in their lives, asking questions about growing up and growing old in Australia.
This year, in the year 2020 with the world in COVID chaos, they have transformed the stories passed down to them into Testament, an album that celebrates different generations through song, and in some ways, gives us hope that we do go on, and survive another day, another year, another generation.
Created by Nate Gikes (Robot Song, Hipbone Sticking Out) and arranged by Glenn Moorhouse (American Idiot) and featuring a lineup of Helpmann and ARIA Award-winning artists; iOTA (Smoke and Mirrors, Hedwig and the Angry Inch), Prinnie Stevens (The Voice, Hair), Abby Dobson (Leonardo's Bride) and Kamahl, the album was launched earlier this month.
It was an extraordinary experience brought out by the power of song and stories and brought tears of joy from audience members and a standing ovation. Vocalist and performer Abby Dobson said after the show "seeing young people so energised and working together so beautifully was evidence enough of the great success of the project". There were responses of tears, smiles, and loads of heart to this extraordinary creative project in a year of absolute craziness.
Watch Out for Testament and Support a New Generation of Creatives
Marian St Theatre for Young People is a unique, local Not-For-Profit organisation which enriches the lives of young people by connecting them to the transformative power of live performance. They have been inspiring children and young people's imaginations for over 50 years.