The Byron Youth Theatre (BYT) was established in 2010 when Byron Youth Service received government funding as part of the National Binge Drinking Strategy. BYT is a not-for-profit, social-action, theatre company, auspiced by Byron Youth Service and Byron Bay Community Association. With the initial funding, over two years, they created two productions:
Explored a teenage party “gone wrong”, covering issues of binge drinking, the effect of social media attracting large numbers of uninvited teenagers to a party, communication challenges between youth and parents and laws on underage drinking and parties.
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Focused on the long term effects of alcohol drinking and how it impacts on a young person’s life, family and friends.
The productions and accompanying workshops were performed in local schools as part of the Byron Youth Service initiative Project U-Turn, delivering twenty school performances and three public performances.
The Company have created a further seven major productions on issues of compassionate connections between generations My Path and Yours, mental health Mind Made Me, sexual health P.A.S.H., illicit drug use Altered States, inclusion and identity for those with a disability Outspoken, LGBTIAQ+ youth issues No One Way, changes for the education system Have Your Say, domestic and family violence Broken and youth suicide prevention, Here Today.
On average BYT deliver ten performances and workshops for each production, however, some productions have been reproduced several times. They have also performed at Splendour in the Grass, Byron Blues Festival and Mullum Music Festival. BYT have delivered over 120 performances and 100 workshops reaching a youth audience of approximately 6,500 as well as a community audience of over 3,000.
Through some specific local Council funding, Director Lisa Apostolides has been able to provide Street Theatre, Playback Theatre and Physical theatre training for Company members.
For more information about the Byron Youth Theatre visit their website.