The Youth Arts Warehouse (YAW) will present its latest production, The Kingdom of Gosfordium, a rich, comical, quick-worded play.
The Kingdom of Gosfordium has been developed by the minds of young emerging playwrights and is set to have Central Coast residents laughing their socks off.
The YAW Theatre Group, under the leadership of producer, Ms Sharon Aldrick, and writer/ director, Mr Andrew Thomson, have collaborated to develop the medieval theme, which incorporates Central Coast culture and landmarks into the script.
The city of Gosford is imaginatively transformed into a medieval realm, full of serfs, dragons and jesters.
Mr Jera Nichols, a creative actor within the play, has been part of YAW and the Play Write program for the last couple of years.
“When I started, I had recently moved from Canada, I didn’t know anyone on the Coast,” Mr Nichols said.
“It felt amazing to be welcomed into the family here at Play Write, I’ve made many wonderful, life-long friends,” he said.
“I feel I have a place I can belong to and be with other like-minded people, while exploring our artistic minds and having our voices heard,” he said.
The Youth Arts Warehouse programs impart valuable industry skills, by mentoring young performers to become the next generation of professional actors, writers, directors and stage managers.
Being part of the whole process, from concept to production, resident costume designer, Ms Lily Mateljan, has gathered an extensive design portfolio over the years.
She was recently accepted into the Fundamental Design course at Enmore TAFE, a well-respected institute.
“Ever since I was little I’ve loved designing costumes,” Ms Mateljan said.
“Here at Play Write, I was able to express my talent and create costumes for all of our productions,” she said.
“This has been an amazing experience, working on a live set, sticking to deadlines, and creatively working around tight budgets.”
The Kingdom of Gosfordium will be performed at the YAW on September 14 and 15.
Media Release, Sep 4
Sharon Aldrick, Regional Youth Support Services