Coming of age exploration

Q Theatre and Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) present Lights in the Park at The Joan - a play exploring the light and the dark side of coming of age.

Young performers: Consider the light and dark sides of coming of age.

Young performers: Consider the light and dark sides of coming of age.

One night, without warning, the street lights flicker out and plunge the world into darkness. Everyone reacts differently when the lights go out, worried about what lies ahead and how they will find their way, not knowing what to expect.

Lights in the Park was written by Alexander Lee-Rekers and is directed by \western Sydney artist Lucy Clements.

It unpacks the universal challenges and fears that all teenagers face in the uncertain world of growing up, including bullying and grief, the challenges of school and family, and the evolution of friendships, roles and identity.

This poignant celebration of the strength of young people follows a group of teenagers from a diverse range of backgrounds as they collectively and individually navigate the darkness.

In spite of their differences, they help each other to bring the light.

It is sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always thought-provoking.

'I decided a tell a story where young people are given a chance to exhibit their resilience and compassion,' said Lee-Rekers. 'While their journey may be harrowing at times, they more than rise to the challenges they face.'

Lights in the Park was the winner of the 2018 Senior ATYP Foundation Commission and is published by Playlab.

The commission develops a new play each year to showcase the skills of actors aged 14 to 17 years old.

Performance times: Tuesday, April 20, to Saturday, April 24 at 7:30pm. There are also two performances for school groups at 11am on Wednesday, April 21, and Friday, April 23. Duration: 80 minutes. (No interval plus a 20-minute Q&A following weekday matinees.)

The schools performances are recommended for Years 9-12 (Stages 5 and 6). For the general public, it is recommended for ages 14+. This production contains adult content including drug references and some coarse language.

Tickets: Schools student/teacher (one free teacher per 10 students) $20; general public $35; concession $30; groups (family of four) $120. Bookings essential at thejoan.com.au.