The 2018 program will showcase the region’s young talent and offer growth and development opportunities to the Riverland community. Many of the projects will build on the foundations laid in 2017 and in consultation with participants and their families.

Nunga Rhythms: Set in Motion (Year 2) Through Nunga Rhythms: Set in Motion in 2017 we worked with young people aged between 5-19. We worked on Hip Hop, cultural dance, storytelling, theatrical presentation and constructing performances. Many partnerships were formed throughout the year, particularly with the Riverland SAASTA network. After producing a junior and a teen dance work presentation, we are now moving into the other stages of this mammoth project. Early 2018, will continue work with professional Indigenous dancer and choreographer Michael Harris and Indigenous musician and composer Eric Cook along with other artists to create a fusion of contemporary and traditional dance, music and theatrical storytelling. Presented to the community and beyond as a live puppetry/storytelling performance, and creative film.

Harmony Day  Each year Australia celebrates Harmony Day on 21 March to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The message of Harmony Day is everyone belongs. It’s a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. After strong involvement over the past 2 years, RYT has come forward to work within our strong communities to create the Harmony Day celebrations.

Postcards From the Riverlands: P.S Our partnership with OTYP ans Moorook PS was such a wonderful success in 2017, that we have decided to create a sequel. Postcards From the Riverlands: P.S is a continued partnership between Riverland Youth Theatre and Outback Theatre for Young People. P.S is a more in depth look at correspondence and conversation between our two performance groups through a live presentation. Each performance group will tackle one side of correspondence and present back to each other and to the community. The project will go deeper than presenting facts and information and will look at local characters, stories and relationships.

 Cirkidz & RYT Change Makerz RYT and Cirkidz have forged a mighty friendship over the past few years. We have collaborated on workshops, performances, holiday programs and creative developments. In 2018 RYT will continue this beautiful friendship with ongoing catch-ups in the form of holiday programs, creative developments and community offerings. Cirkidz will travel to the Riverland and work with the P.S Performance group on physical and visual storytelling, turning words into movements. We are also establishing a train the trainer program, ensuring that skills are left within our region and creating work for locals. Throughout the April and October school holidays we will host over 150 cheery young people who will take safe risks in circus training.

 Story Town Riverland (Story City)  ‘Story City’ is a digital storytelling experience combining fictional choose-your-own adventure style stories with physical locations, allowing the fantasy to become ‘real’ to the reader. A mix of cultural tourism and adventure, each story is created specifically to highlight the beautiful or intriguing parts of our town and appeal to and excite an audience. Story Town Riverland will be an opportunity for local artists to work towards creating a story app for our region that can be enjoyed by all on their smart-phones. This project will culminate in a public launch and celebration with live performances from the RYT youth ensemble.

 RYT End of Year Production The people have spoken… and they want the written word! After an overwhelming amount of feedback that the young people of the region wanted to engage in working with a “classic” text we have implemented an annual production. In 2016 we presented our take on the Lewis Carrol classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and in a 2017 we  presented the Dickens’ masterpiece ‘A Christmas Carol’. In 2018 RYT will present a revised version of Peter Pan! The RYT End of Year Production is a creative space for young people of all ages and skill levels. The productions are always a twist on a classic, which means that we make it our own, but also enjoy a piece of theatre/literature/history.  

 Stage 2 & Beyond (S2&B) continues to be a very rewarding and special program for the lucky mentees. After an application process, two RYT participants will be chosen to be mentored within their chosen field and participate in development opportunities.

 RYT Workshop Series is the new and improved workshop program for the Riverland. After much community consultation, we have created a program that offers a wide range of options in different formats, from weekend sessions to after school and evening workshops. We are also actively involved in schools and have developed workshops that attempt to integrate drama into other learning areas for Primary School and High School teachers. We also offer workshops suitable for workplaces, community groups and sporting clubs.

Community Events and Activities continue to be a major part of RYT’s public offerings and an important integration in our wider community. We will continue and expand our strong presence at all Riverland Community Events throughout 2018. A major drawcard for our RYT Members throughout 2017 has been the performance, videography and technical opportunities that we have been able to provide within the community and beyond. We worked with touring shows, local advertising agencies and even a corporate training organisation from Melbourne. In 2018 we will continue to seek theatrical opportunities for the young people in the Riverland community and make sure that we are advocating for local talent.