Realities of regional life explored in young people’s monologues

A new collection of scripts written by young regional Australians shares their fresh perspectives with the wider theatre community.

Opportunities for young people in regional Australia who are interested in theatre can be limited – especially when it comes to finding suitable scripts which speak directly to their lived experience.

A new collection of monologues published by Currency Press helps balance the scales.

Developed through a nine-day writers’ residency in 2019 (coordinated by Country Arts SA and Carclew in conjunction with Australian Theatre for Young People) This Was Urgent Yesterday features 14 scripts by regional writers aged 18 to 25.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts