Theatre provides critical platform for youth resistance

Two theatre works stand out to amplify the voices of young people and share how they want to shape the future.

Our culture has the tendency to romanticise what it’s like to be young; it evokes the imagery of sunshine and flowers, innocent mistakes and college sweethearts. But with the global climate emergency, conflicts and a pandemic, the angst and anxiety of our young population is growing.

Theatre is an art form that speaks of hidden truths, and young people in Australia are not afraid to use it as a platform of resistance and resilience, making their messages loud and clear.

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Celina Lei is an Arts Writer at ArtsHub. She acquired her masters in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Prior to joining ArtsHub, she was an editorial assistant at the Hong Kong based ArtAsiaPacific magazine and is an art host on independent Instagram platform Club Ambroise. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne, Victoria. Instagram: @lleizy_