We are proud to congratulate Shopfront’s very own Harness Ensemble, and Creative Producer, Nat Rose, for their big win at the 2017 Sydney Theatre Awards this week.
The Sydney Theatre Awards honours outstanding works of theatre across a variety of categories, as selected by a panel of leading Sydney critics. Nat Rose claimed the award, Best Production for Young People, on behalf of Shopfront.
Dignity of Risk was a collaboration between Shopfront and ATYP, two powerhouses in Youth Arts, to bring the stories of the Harness Ensemble to the fore. In the process of auditioning emerging artists at ATYP and through devising the project collaboratively, it was clear that regardless of ability, culture, socioeconomic backgrounds, race, gender and age that we all take on the perceptions and judgements of others. Dignity of Risk examines the personal stories of young adults with and without disability, fusing movement, projection and sound, and holding a mirror to our preconceptions of what is appropriate, what is possible and what can be expected.
For Shopfront’s Creative Producer, Nat Rose, this is an important win because “it celebrates devised theatre, theatre that truly represents the voices of Australia’s landscape, including people from all walks of life. It recognises emerging artists with and without disability in an inclusive ensemble.”
Shopfront has a proud history of creating explosive and challenging new works. While critical acclaim will never be as valuable as the process and production itself, it is certainly nice to be recognised for the hard work and dedication of our Young People and Emerging Artists.
As Nat explains, “this award shows us that we don’t necessarily want to see theatre that was written 200 years ago. We want to see theatre that we can connect with – we want to see ourselves represented on stage.”
At Shopfront’s Harness Ensemble, our artists are given the space to develop theatre-making skills, and develop their careers through professional mentorships and guidance. This collaboration brought 5 new members to our growing ensemble, and we invite other young artists keen to share their stories, to join this or another Shopfront ensemble, and of course for theatre goers to continue to support inclusive and innovative artistic endeavour.