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Another inspiring year for Traction youth ensemble

Published: 28 November 2016

Another inspiring year for Traction youth ensemble

"Love" was the theme of the night when the Traction youth ensemble presented its third annual showcase to an audience of more than 400 people at the Logan Entertainment Centre on 27 October 2016.

Traction is a program of free weekly workshops delivered by Queensland Theatre for young people currently in secondary schooling and up to the age of 21 who live in the Logan area. Participants work with professional actors and artists through workshops in acting, movement and dance, singing, writing, directing and devising, technical production and stage management.

The annual program is made possible by the support of the Australian Government Department of Social Services. The Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team has also been an enthusiastic supporter, particularly through former Leadership Team member and former Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (now Sydney Festival Director).

There were 48 participants in this year's program, with weekly workshops sometimes as large as 55 students. The Leadership Team heard from four members of Traction at its 2 November 2016 meeting and was inspired by their stories. Four members also performed an excerpt from the showcase at Leadership Team Chair Jude Munro's farewell at the Logan Art Gallery on 22 November 2016, to the delight of guests.

For the third year running, director/writer Claire Christian was lead teaching artist, with further tuition provided by actors Louise Brehmer, Christopher Beckey and Ngoc Phan, and director Travis Dowling.

In addition to the workshops, Traction participants attended eight professional theatre productions this year. Students interested in technical production toured QUT’s new facilities in Kelvin Grove and attended lectures in stage management, lighting design and sound design.

Along with the end of year show, participants in Traction performed in three other projects this year: “Don’t Mind Us” for the Anywhere Theatre Festival, “Wait” for the Festival of Student Theatre, and “Riley Valentine and the Occupation of Fort Svalbard” for Queensland Theatre’s Scene Project.

Eight Traction participants received scholarships to attend Queensland Theatre’s Theatre Residency Week – a school holiday drama camp, in September 2016. Traction will kick off again in early February 2017. For more details, go to:  http://www.queenslandtheatre.com.au/Education/Traction