Tasmanian actors take skills to Canada

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A troupe of young Tasmanian actors is set to showcase their skills overseas with a trip to Canada as part of an exchange programme.

Members of the Second Storey Youth Theatre in Launceston are set to travel to Newfoundland as part of the Youth Theatre Island Exchange Project.

The Tasmanian actors and their Canadian counterparts from Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (TNL) have prepared performances based on life on their respective islands.

17-year-old Kieran Phillips told Canadian newspaper The Western Star that the Tasmanian presentation is titled Chasing A Sound Like Rain.

The performance has been scheduled as part of the Gros Morne Theatre Festival in Newfoundland.

“It’s about how none of us want to leave our home country, Tasmania,” he explained. “It’s like a safe haven really.”

Phillips identified that there are a number of similarities between Newfoundland and Tasmania, as both are self-contained islands off the coast of a much larger country.

“They were like me, just in a Canadian version,” he said of the Newfoundland-based troupe, who paid a visit to Tasmania in March this year as part of Ten Days on the Island. Phillips added that he is looking forward to working with the TNL performers again.

The performers at the Second Storey Youth Theatre range in age from 14 to 18 and the young actors have been participating in a huge range of fundraisers in the lead-up to their trip.

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