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Under 25s to show Canberrans the funny side of dodgy dating and life’s profound questions

By Glynis Quinlan 29 April 2018 0

The cast of ‘Paper Cuts Youth’. Photo: Supplied.

If you’d like to watch what happens when a Liberal Party supporter falls in love with a Greens-supporting feminist vegan then head along to two shows being staged completely by young people at the Smith’s Alternative on May 3 and 5.

A group of 25 young people aged under 25 will take to the stage to perform a showcase of comedic monologues from the collection Paper Cuts by local playwright Kirsty Budding.

Among the other characters designed to get the audience laughing are a scientist (played by Declan Pigram) who is about to act on dodgy dating advice he got from Reddit and a woman who has just bumped into her ex and his new girlfriend.

The woman in this awkward social situation is played by Meaghan Stewart, who was last seen in a CAT award-winning performance as Mrs Lovett in Dramatic Productions’ Sweeney Todd.

Paper Cuts Youth also attempts to answer some of life’s most profound and not-so-profound questions such as ‘How does a hobbit become an elf?’ and ‘Is it creepy to accidentally-on-purpose bump into a hot guy while he’s jogging around the lake?’.

The monologues are being directed by 18-year-old Matilda Saddington who saw the pieces performed at the book launch of Paper Cuts at the Canberra Theatre Centre in December last year. Ms Saddington proposed re-staging the show with a cast of young adults and has enjoyed the results.

“My sides hurt after every rehearsal from laughing so hard,” Ms Saddington said.

“The actors are so creative and talented; every single member of the audience will relate to at least one of these monologues.”

Some of the ‘Paper Cuts Youth’ cast members, left to right: Elliot Cleaves, Caitlin Addinell, Tegan Braithwaite, Meagan Stewart and Tessani Wells. Photo: Supplied.

Ms Saddington is supported by 16-year-old Assistant Director Kara Blackburn and 15-year-old Stage Manager Anna Khan.

The production is managed by 21-year-old Glynis Stokes who has previously stage managed and acted in productions in Canberra.

Paper Cuts Youth opens at 7 pm on May 3 at Smith’s Alternative with cheap $15 tickets available for patrons under the age of 25.

For more information or to book tickets click here.

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