Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, based in Adelaide South Australia, is packing its bags and heading off to Mumbai India for the 2009 Thespo Theatre Festival.
After a smash hit season of ‘The Pirates' Ship’ (based on Gillian Rubenstein's children’s book) in Adelaide, the company of seven young actors with the Artistic Director Glenn Hayden and General Manager Jo Coventry are heading off on a three week adventure of theatre presenting and making.
‘This is a perfect example of cultural and artistic exchange’, says Glenn Hayden, ‘and it has all been a ‘right place, right time’ situation.
In 2007 Urban Myth presented a youth developed and created adaptation of Orwell’s ‘1984’ for the Adelaide Fringe. I happen to notice five Indian audience members and decided to find out what brought them to the daytime performance of the show. It turned out that they were a part of a touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream from India and also very heavily involved in youth theatre in Mumbai, in particular the Thespo Festival. After a long and excited conversation we had locked down an invite to the festival and the rest is history. We fortunately also had the expertise of Sydney based children’s theatre company Monkey Baa to tap into for the script development… another coup for artistic exchange!’
Urban Myth will be in Mumbai for three weeks performing at the Prithvi Theatre and The Experimental Theatre in Mumbai and is looking to gain some performances in schools. Part of the mission will also be to create a site-specific piece with Urban Myth and Theatre Bombay members. ‘We will also be running and attending skills sharing workshops’, says Hayden, ‘and several creative developments to flesh out a three year plan for the creation of an international co-production.’
Urban Myth is proud to be representing Australia overseas and is looking forward to sharing its stories and experiences on their return.