A powerful new play that looks at the experiences of teenagers past and present in Bathurst. Part drama, part music, part ghost story, it’s a personal tale that reflects the experiences of young people shared in towns across Australia. Created by the award winning team who brought you Sugarland, Rachael Coopes and Guy Webster bring to life another particularly Australian story.
A touching and poignant drama about Bathurst as both a material and imaginative sphere. It is a complex and profound play that is not to be missed
Developed over three years as a partnership between the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and the Australian Theatre for Young People, with extensive community consultation, this powerful new play looks at the experiences of generations of teenagers in Bathurst. Part drama, part music, part ghost story, it’s a personal tale that reflects experiences shared in towns across Australia. Rachael Coopes and Guy Webster, part of the creative force behind the multi-award winning Sugarland, bring to life another particularly Australian story.
The Climbing Tree is a beautiful new work that examines what lies beneath the surface in a regional town. It is about the ‘authority’ teenagers are always answerable to and have been for centuries. This show celebrates a town with an extraordinary history seen through the eyes of characters that are just finding their feet.
"Across the Great Dividing Range lies another great divide. Between us and them. Dreamed and the dreaming. Haves and have-nots. Gold and dust. Coppers and gangs. Always an us, and always a them. Changing form, skin, name. Big sparkling city chewing them up, spitting them out, pushing them over the mountains to us.”
"There is a certain type of energy required to portray teenagers and all four actors find it convincingly. Peppered with the idiom and humour that Coopes has injected into the dialogue and the variation in pace Champion has directed, their appeal to both young and old audience members is electric"
"'The Climbing Tree is a very sensory, touching and poignant drama about Bathurst as both a material and imaginative sphere. It is a complex and profound play that is not to be missed."'
Writer Rachael Coopes
Music & Lyrics Guy Webster
Director Stephen Champion
Dramaturg Fraser Corfield
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