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Youth & Destination

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by Emma Jane Explores (Emma Caldwell) (subscribe)
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A world premiere performance
The youth are taking over bAKEHOUSE Theatre at KXT this month with an ensemble production of up and coming Sydney artists attacking the stage with gusto and passion in Youth and Destination.

Written and directed by James Raggatt, this world premiere performance runs for around an hour and is made up of vignettes, thought bubbles and experiences that define our lives and make us who we are. This show is simply snapshots and glimpses – there is no storyline as such, just flashes and moments that range from mundane to life-altering.

Despite being a show centred on youth, and having a youthful cast, this production follows the entire lifecycle of a human being and it's quite obvious in some of the vignettes about older people and more mature experiences that the youthful cast do not quite have the worldliness just yet to fully realise the emotional depth of some of the moments.

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A poignant moment in Youth and Destination

With that said, Youth and Destination is a vibrant and passionate display of fine young performers and overall, it's an enjoyable and engaging production. James Raggatt has put together a cohesive production of a show that in its essence is loosely structured. The lighting by Martin Kinnane is fantastic – with a real highlight being his nuclear war effect and the moving train lighting states. Set design by Kyle Jonsson is simple, but effective with the only criticism of the overall look and feel of the show simply being sightlines. There are a number of instances where I can't actually see the onstage action because of where the actors are set.

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The cast

The ensemble cast is made up of Jack Angwin, Georgia Blizzard, Gloria Bose, Julia Christensen, Maree Cole, Skyler Ellis, Alex Malone, Bardiya McKinnon, Nikita Waldron and Ross Walker. All of these performers have their moment to shine and it's a strong and thoughtful show due to their tightness as a group.

Youth and Destination, presented by Manifesto Theatre, runs until 12th May at KXT. It's definitely a show worth making the effort to see and in the process, you'll also be supporting theatre makers of the future.
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Why? Theatre makers of the future
When: Tues - Sat 7.30pm, Sun 5pm
Where: KXT, Kings Cross Hotel, Kings Cross
Cost: $35 Full/$30 Concession
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