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Western Sydney’s Rising Young Artists Take to the Stage in the Annual Youth Theatre Festival at The Joan in June

First came Flannofest, then Q Theatre’s Annual Youth Theatre Festival

After more than 30 years of providing local young people with opportunities to express their ideas and experience working in a professional theatre setting, Q Theatre’s key youth event, The Riff: Youth Theatre Festival, returns to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on 28 June.

Each group of young artists has been teamed up with a professional theatre artist to devise a new work in the performance style of their choice, using the theme of “Down the Rabbit Hole” as inspiration.

This initiative continues to support teachers in providing one-of-a-kind experiences for their students to exercise their creative voices in exploring local identity and global issues, whilst developing the next generation of Western Sydney performing artists and creatives.

The schools participating in this year’s event include Blue Mountains Grammar, Kingswood High School, Nagle College, Nepean Creative and Performing Arts High School, Rooty Hill High School, Springwood High School, Winmalee High School and Wycliffe Christian College.   

Don’t miss your opportunity to celebrate the creation of and experience some captivating new works by our rising stars live on stage!

Q Theatre is proud to give young and emerging artists the chance to gain performing arts production experience in a professional theatre environment, whilst gaining invaluable industry expertise from arts professionals through this unique program.


Dates & Times: Friday 28 June at 12pm & 7pm.
Suitable for: Ages 14+.
Duration: 2 hours (Including a 20-minute interval).
Venue: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street, Penrith.
Ticket Prices: Standard $25, Concession $20, Family of Four Pass $80. A fee of $5 applies to all bookings.

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Photos by Christopher Hayles and Phyllis Wong Photography. Illustration by Meiying Saw @ragingyoghurt.artroom