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Logan's young performers shine in Traction

Published: 9 December 2014

Logan's young performers shine in Traction

More than 40 young Logan City performers expressed themselves through songs, conversations, characters and stories last month as part of a one-night-only performance of Queensland Theatre Company (QTC)'s first Logan Youth Theatre Ensemble.

The showcase production, staged at the Logan Entertainment Centre on 13 November, was the culmination of a year of free after-school workshops and skills development for high-school aged young people in Logan City.

Traction comprised a collection of moments that spoke to things that were important to the performers, shared in a way that offered a small reflection of who they are and what Traction meant to them.

The participants developed the work themselves, with the guidance of nine professional actors and artists, to showcase their specific talents, ambitions and unique outlook on the future.

Traction gave young people in Logan the opportunity to work with like-minded peers in a creative and expressive way, through a program celebrating diversity and encouraging harmony, collaboration and creative expression.

QTC Artistic Director and Logan: City of Choice Leadership Team member, Wesley Enoch, said the initiative was part of QTC's goal to provide strong leadership and opportunities for young people.

"Through our work, we want to overcome racism, disadvantage and any lack of confidence that stops young people from reaching their goals," Wesley said.

"Traction has been an important project for QTC and demonstrates our commitment to building better communities through theatre and storytelling."

Wesley was appreciative of the opportunity to bring the initiative to Logan City, a community close to his heart.

"I grew up in Logan and have always felt that we lived in a community that knew how to welcome others, look after each other and generally support young people in reaching for the stars. Logan is full of caring, talented people who want to make the world a better place."

The reactions from participations speak for themselves:

"It was a major accomplishment for me to go up in front of more than 400 people and say my lines, be loud enough and not forget anything. If it weren't for Traction, I never could have done that. I have met many amazing people here with Traction and I will remember every single one of you for the rest of my life."
- Azma Khan

"I believe that it's safe to say that Traction has changed at least half of our lives. If some of us didn't have Traction where would we be now? Still lurking in the shadows and being quiet? No. Tonight we proved how amazing we are. I'm so proud of everyone!"
- Rhyanna McCoombes

The Logan Youth Ensemble project was delivered by Queensland Theatre Company, funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Programme, and supported by Logan City Council. It is an initiative of the Logan: City of Choice Two-Year Action Plan 2013-2015.

Photo: Stephen Henry