06 Oct 2017

Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble take Shakespeare through time...

After months of preparation, the Empire Youth Arts Senior IMPACT Ensemble are ready to take the stage with their 2017 performance, {Cross My Heart} Friday 13 -14 October.

Performed in the Armitage Centre – Heritage Bank Auditorium {Cross My Heart} was inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Empire Youth Arts Director, Ari Palani said the core elements of Shakespeare’s famous story were analysed in the creation of this original work and the result was a multilayered exploration of love and relationships set across three different timelines.

{Cross My Heart} is by far the most complex work that we have looked at with the IMPACT Ensemble since the inception of the program, and these students have stepped up the task so well,” Mr Palani said.

“We’ve concocted this work across three timelines, including the original Shakespearean era, a contemporary party and a dystopian future where the stories of our characters meet up,” Mr Palani said. 

“This is a work for, by and with young people.”

Mr Palani said the IMPACT Ensemble was different from many other youth programs as it involved more than simply performing.

“It’s very exciting to have such high calibre talent within the ensemble,” Mr Palani said.  

“Our lead writing team within the ensemble Blake Hohenhaus and Zoe Hulme-Peake are also winners of the 2017 Queensland Theatre Young Playwright of the Year,” he said.

“All the writing, AV content, choreography, some direction and many other elements for the production are all housed within the ensemble and we bring in professionals to help guide them where necessary.

“IMPACT is about gearing our young creatives to hold themselves well professionally when they leave and do themselves proud at a tertiary level if they choose to pursue that.”

Those professionals this year include local choreographer Kirsty Lee and experienced dramaturg Daniel Evans (Oedipus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore). For more information or to book tickets visit empiretheatre.com.au, call 1300 655 299 or visit the box office at 54 Neil Street. 

The Empire Youth Arts IMPACT Ensemble Junior is supported by the Capacity Building Program from the prestigious Sidney Myer Foundation.