Political Children

Parliamentary debate meets schoolyard rules.
Warning: tantrums included!

In 2014, the Abbott government committed a small amount of federal funding to an anti-bullying program known as Safe Schools. In 2015, the program was investigated and a political storm brewed. Funding was abandoned a year later, leaving Safe Schools dead in the water.

What sparked this?
Who will this effect?
And won’t somebody please think of the children?! 

‘Political Children’ is a humorous yet hard-hitting piece of verbatim theatre, which has enjoyed hugely successful seasons at Ashfield Council Chambers in December 2016, ATYP as part of the Mardi Gras Festival in March 2017, and Customs House in partnership with City of Sydney Library in December 2017. Written and directed by Artistic Director Felicity Nicol in collaboration with the young cast, the play uses Hansard transcripts, newspaper articles and online content to shine a magnifying glass on debate around the Safe Schools program, exemplifying Spark’s mission to provide young people with a platform and mouthpiece for responding to issues that are most immediate to them.

Cast: Sebastian Cutcherwirth, Emma Hooton, Elodie Jake, Lola Rose van Overdam, Theo Tunks & Jan Anderson

Writer & Director: Felicity Nicol
Lighting & Set Designer: Benjamin Brockman
Sound Designer & Composer: Nate Edmondson
Movement Associate: Aslam Abdus-Samad
Dramaturgy (ATYP/Mardi Gras): Francesca Smith
Assistant Director (City of Sydney Library): Shondelle Pratt
Stage Manager (ATYP/Mardi Gras): Cara Woods
Stage Manager (City of Sydney Library): Zara Thompson
Producer (ATYP/Mardi Gras): Bradley Barrack
Producer (City of Sydney Library): Chris Dunstan

“A deep exploration into the complex social aspects of sexual and gender diversity... [with] teenagers full of gumption” (Suzy Goes Sees)