“Activists push taxpayer-funded gay manual in schools."     - The Australian

“We are in the midst of a culture war. And vulnerable children are being used as cannon fodder.” - SMH.
                                             “It’s changing school language, changing bathrooms — it’s changing the whole school environment.”          - Daily Telegraph.

“Safe schools can save lives. Well, it could have saved lives if it wasn’t gutted by the Turnbull Government.” – The Project.

In 2014 the Abbott government committed a small amount of federal funding to an anti-bullying program known as “Safe Schools.” In 2016, the funding was scrapped, the program was investigated and a political storm brewed.

What sparked this reaction?
Who are the main players?

Ashfield Youth Theatre will shine a magnifying glass on this storm, this policy and why there has been so much uproar. Using transcripts from Federal and State Parliaments, Media Articles, and the participants own experiences and opinions of “Safe Schools”, AYT will create a sizzling performance which will leave eyes opened and jaws dropped.

Part Debate, part school yard rules, totally entertaining.

This work will be directed by AYT Artistic Director, Felicity Nicol.
Felicity is an internationally trained director and a graduate of the NIDA Director’s Program.
The project will also involve assistance and movement direction by Aslam Abdus-Samad and political script analysis from Dr. Ian Zucker.

AYT is calling young actors, writers, devisers and young people with an interest in politics to help create this work which is sure to leave audiences divided.

For more information - head to our AYT PERFORMANCE page!


Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay and Inner West Council proudly present...

The 2016 Inner West Roaming
Short Play Festival,
Claim the Stage!

Touring the Inner West from Thursday 9 June – Sunday 19 June 2016. 

For three months, a group of talented young people from across the Inner West have been mentored by industry professionals to write, direct and perform their own short plays. A dragon slayer, a car chase, a kiss, a political stance and a death-bed letter is just some of what they've come up with. Come and see what else! 

Melissa Lee Speyer and Felicity Nicol have working closely with festival participants to develop skills in writing, directing, performance, design and technical theatre, nurturing a new wave of young playwrights, first time directors and actors. 

Melissa Lee Speyer is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturg who completed NIDA’s full time postgraduate playwriting degree in 2011. Felicity Nicol is the Artistic Director of Ashfield Youth Theatre, an independent director and theatre maker.

"This Festival is a brilliant chance for the young people of Burwood, City of Canada Bay and the Inner West to strut their stuff on the stage. Come and see the talent and range of topics covered!"
- Felicity Nicol, Festival Director.

The festival is empowering young people to express themselves within a safe and encouraging environment, inspiring confidence and providing a platform for the interests, concerns and talents of young people to be seen and heard.

Performance Dates: 

1.    Thursday 9 June – Burwood Library and Community Hub, 7pm

2.    Saturday 11 June – Ashfield Town Hall, 7pm

3.    Wednesday 15 June – Concord Senior Citizen Centre, 7pm

4.    Friday 17 June – Petersham Town Hall, 7pm

5.    Sunday 19 June – Balmain Town Hall, 3pm

Cost: Free

Please note, some productions contain mature themes. 

For further information and tickets CLICK HERE!

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - To Thine Own Self...or..[insert title here...]

AYT is branching out into the community and shedding light on something everyone experiences but rarely talks about. Tackling the important subject of 'Mental Health', AYT is recruiting the skills of some of Sydney's most exciting artists!
We'll write, we'll move, we'll play some games and play with technology. At the end of it all, this amazing group of young people will create something rare - a creative response to their experiences of mental health.

This project was selected for funding by Fundability and as a result we've been able to secure some pretty special artists to come on board.

A Writer.
A Deviser/Performer.
A Multi-media Artist.
A Director.

Get in contact with Artistic Director, Felicity Nicol, 
to apply felicityn@ashfield.nsw.gov.au


Rehearsing Tuesdays, April 5th - June 28th, 5PM - 8PM @ Ashfield Civic Centre.
Performing June 29th & 30th.

Wrapping up 2015 & Excited for 2016! BOOM!

Hey all you crazy kids.

AYT is getting ready to close up shop for the holidays in order to get ready for the Action Packed Year that is ahead!

AYT's bringing back the Short Play Festival but making it bIGGER and BETTER THAN EVER!
Partnering up with Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, AYT's going on tour and taking no prisoners!

More information to follow about these cool projects including - To Thine Own Self, ThE dUB ProJECt ReGEn and HEAPS MORE!

AYT is also putting a shout out to all brilliant artists out there looking for a space to make some work or rehearsals in 2016. That's right, the Artist XChange Program is Back!
For more information, or to Apply-Click Here!!!

But before ANY of this watch what some of our AYT kids have been up to in this brilliant documentation.

Ashfield youth theatre Presents. . .


By Simon Stephens.

Punk Rock is the most challenging and daring production programmed by AYT thus far. 
Brutally honest, this award-winning play is known to divide audiences with an in-your-face look at young people in their element. Take it or leave it, this is a side of teenagers rarely represented, and desperately needing to be discussed. 

A group of students are gearing up to face their final exams at a posh school and the pressure’s on! Pushed to achieve, to be the smartest, the funniest, the prettiest, the most athletic. Facing a disinterested world, these seven young people are trying to find their way out of their small town and the small people within it. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that is bubbling closer and closer to the surface.

Punk Rock is an honest and unnerving chronicle of contemporary adolescence at breaking point.

Written by Simon Stephens.
Directed by Felicity Nicol.

Performed by

Adam Kovarik, Alexander Baum, Emily Suine, Lada Volovelsky, Jeremy Ghali, Joseph Menzies, Katarina Lloyd Jones, Michael Brindley.

Set & Costume Design by Andrea Espinoza.
Lighting Design by Jerry Retford.
Sound Design by Nate Edmondson.
Assistant Director, Aslam Abdus-Samad.

Performance Dates:

Thursday 20th (Preview), Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd.
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th of August.

7:30 @ Ashfield Town Hall.

To book your FREE tickets click

Warning: adult themes, strong language.

For more information, go to AYT Performance.