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Youth Arts in the Hunter for over 45 Years
Make Noise.


Presented by Tantrum Youth Arts in partnership
with Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery

Mapping the Lake

An immersive theatrical adventure on the shores of Lake Macquarie.

In 2016, over 80 young people collaborated with professional artists from Tantrum, LMCAG, and Ngarrama Productions to tell their stories, with Tantrum undergoing two in-school residencies with Valentine Public School and Toronto High School.

Put on your walking shoes and come on an after-dark adventure.
Navigate your way from north to south, exploring what it means to live by the Lake.
Immerse yourself in storytelling, song, movement, and multimedia installations
and make your mark on our map for the future.

Six outdoor sites were activated through performance, with the audience using a map to navigate from site to site unlocking stories of environmental, personal, cultural, and recreational significance. The production concluded with an immersive finale inviting the audience to make their mark by placing a flag next to a suburb / landmark on a large map of Lake Macquarie installation.
Audience members shared hopes, dreams, reflections and memories.

“Great idea, great performance, great venue. It’s wonderful to see something different that has been created by young people.”
– Audience Member

“Innovative work like this allows participants to explore multiple levels of creativity whilst developing key skills in art-making and collaborative practice.”
– Collaborator

“I think it’s important for young people to be seeing theatre – particularly new devised work that is performed, written and produced by other young people.”
– Audience Member

Creative Team

Storytellers: Meghan, Asha, Taylor, Douglas, Summer
Ensemble Cast: Shannon, James, Gill, Luka, Ronan, Pippi, Anastasia, Keagan, Will, Bronte, Tazmyne, Douglas, Selena, Alex, Violet, Zoe, Alicia, Georgia, Paige, Bella,
Toronto High School (Isabella, Kristian, Hannah, Amelia, Paigan, Rosannah, Georgia, Victoria, Paris, Ebony, Cameron, Brayden, Gina, Shae-Lee, Flynn, Bailey)
Sculpture + map installation: Lake Macquarie City Arts Gallery Art Zone and Art Studio participants – Rachel, Claire, Jake, Charli, James, Waverly, Abby, Laura, Joel, Lachlan
Flower installation: Valentine Public School – Ruby, Harry, Xander, Ivy, Darcy, Alexis, Caiden, Amber, Zachary, Rachel, Stefan, Danielle, Ava, Ben, Natalie, Cooper, Damon, Bella, Imogen, Will
Directors: Lucy Shepherd, Lizzie Doyle, James Chapman
Artists: Alice Ropata (Flower Installation), Jo O’Toole and John Cliff (Sculpture and Map Installation)
Teachers: Tracey Adams-Jones, Greg Battle and Corinne Lavis
Production Designers: Kayla Crowe, Kaswyn Hunt
Sound Designer: Huw Jones
Make-up Artist: Clare Spitzkowsky
Videographer & Editor (Site 4): Ngarrama Productions, Brian Joyce
Technical Manager: Lyndon Buckley and Nik Lyons
Graphic Design and Photography: Eryn Leggatt and Claire Albrecht
Additional support: Mirroma, LMCAG Aboriginal Reference Group, Rod Smith

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