This is Our Youth with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin & Emily Barclay at Sydney Opera House

This is Our Youth with Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin & Emily Barclay at Sydney Opera House

Why did you do this play?”

Michael Cera ‘ ‘Love the script’

Emily Barclay – ‘Love the script’

Kieran Culkin – ‘What they said.’

Sometimes you think film actors aren’t real actors. Theatre is a serious testing ground. These are REAL actors – giving powerful, brilliant and gripping performances.

Michael Cera said he loved the chance to perform on the stage where there are no cuts, breaks, 5 minute slots, but serious, consistent acting.

I have a new found respect for both Keiren Culkin and Michael Cera.

Emily Barclay is different as her acting is grounded in theatre.

Their performances ‘knocked my socks off’ – I was wearing joggers too!

Their raw exposure of youth searching for identity in New York was real, powerful and permeated by a deep sadness of loss and being lost.  It is a world of disconnect with drugs, broken relationships, desperately grasping for love and purpose. In the tradition of ‘Catcher in the Rye’, it is timeless.

As a young adult writer, I feel connected to ‘This is Our Youth’. All young adult writers should see this play by award winning playwright Kenneth Lonergan.

The season is short, unexpected with 15 performances between 14-25 March. See it if you have a chance at the Drama Theatre Sydney Opera House.

Don’t miss out!


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I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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