This October, Shopfront Arts Co-op. will reopen their doors to welcome audiences to their newly redesigned home as they present To My Younger Self on stage from 15 – 18 October, and streamed live via Facebook.
Each day the world around us changes, one day to the next can look so different and it is a common thought – given the opportunity what would I tell my younger self?
Carefully written using actual letters written by members of the public, audiences will be taken on a journey as the letters of strangers to their past selves, and we jump headfirst into a whirlpool of memories and the innocence of youth.
As Sydney’s only youth-led arts co-operative, Shopfront invites Young People to pitch their ideas for performance works to their membership, which is made up of over 4500 Young Artists aged 8 – 26 across Sydney.
From these pitches the members vote on the works that will make it to the stage. The young artist is given dramaturgical support, an industry mentor, residency space and a season to present their work. To My Younger Self is one such work. This new work by Mallory Sedger was selected as the Member Show for 2020 by Shopfront members and staff.
Co-led by powerhouses Daniel Potter and Natalie Rose, Shopfront make Young People’s voices heard. With big plans for the future, and recent state of the art renovations, it is a space where Young People come together to express themselves.
“Shopfront provides young and emerging artists unprecedented access to the arts,” says Daniel Potter and Natalie Rose. “By teaming practicing professional artists with our young members we ensure there is an organic exchange.”
“Our young members are equal collaborators in the room and are the drivers of all we create. We are passionate about our future artists and committed to creating a vibrant arts sector,” they added.
On their grounds, Young People are able to access workshops, events, development space, recording studios, film equipment and mentorship. Outside of their space, Shopfront’s 25-year strong outreach program is delivered in community. This unique program merges social work and artistic practice to create change and transformation for at-risk Young People.
Shopfront is a registered COVID safe organisation and takes your health and safety seriously. This show has limited seating so get in quick to secure your tickets!
Director: Mallory Sedger Devisors / Performers: Lana Filies, Lily Hayman, Carlee Heise, Nick Vagne Mentor: Jackson Davis Lighting Designer / Production Manager: Tyler Fitzpatrick Composer: Prema Yin
To My Younger Self
Shopfront Arts Co-op, 86-88 Carlton Parade, Carlton
Season: 15 – 18 October 2020
Information and Bookings: www.shopfront.org.au
Image: Mallory Sedger – photo by Joshua Morris