Jacob Pugh, Liam Wilson and Sam Dofan in The Places You Will Go. Photo: PAULINE MILLS

THEATRECRAFT Youth Unlimited is looking for a tribe of young performers and directors to immerse themselves for a week in an intensive theatre challenge.

The company is looking for as many as 30 performers aged 13 to 21 years, and six directors to learn, rehearse and perform scripts written by young Victorian writers, all in a week.

Starting from July 1, cast and crew will rehearse during the day at The Engine Room in the Bendigo and stay overnight at Koolamurt Park Scout Camp in Spring Gully until July 9.

They will present work for audiences on July 7 and 8 in three performances.

Project coordinator Joanne Watt said the theatre company had completed two seasons of performances in Gippsland after starting in Melbourne.

“The Victorian Drama League Inc started the youth extension programs in 2008 in Melbourne, but quickly realised the people who would benefit most from an intensive approach were regional Victorian youth,” Ms Watts said.

“We now have this Bendigo-based presentation… using the same new scripts from summer interpreted afresh by different directors to give an all new production.

“This is our first foray into central Victoria.

“Registrations are now open for performers, and we’d love to hear from some local performing arts leaders, involved in community, education or private sector work to be part of the creative team where they will have opportunity to autonomously direct selected scenes from the suite in the immersion setting.”

Young performers are invited from all over the state to register.

If you are a theatre director in community theatre or aged 18 to 21 with an interest in directing, there is the opportunity to work in a leadership team led by Andrew Davies.

A younger less experienced person may also be mentored through this program.

The project has funding from the Regional Arts Fund which has subsidised the cost of participation to $450 per person.

All enquires can be made to Joanne Watt on 0408 366 481 or email summerschool@theatrecraft.org.au