Free youth theatre for Aurora residents


First Impressions Youth Theatre


Looking for a way to express yourself and meet other kids in Aurora? Then check out First Impressions, the free youth theatre group for locals aged 12 to 25.


Every Monday evening the group meets for fun drama activities, exploring many aspects of theatre including writing, music, acting, puppetry, make-up, multimedia and set construction with opportunities for performances within the group and in public.

As well as developing your drama skills, you’ll also get the rare opportunity to be mentored by established artists and entertainers.

The theatre group runs under the artistic directorship of well-known screenwriter Paul Kooperman. Paul has written episodes for Home and Away and Stacey Testro, the executive producer of the SAW movies. Paul produced the musical DragQueensland and has served as the CEO for Australian Poetry Ltd. Paul wants to encourage the young people of Aurora with an interest in any aspect of theatre to get involved and potentially develop pieces with him.

The group works with a range of visiting professional artists, most recently Dave Houston – Melbourne performer, theatre producer and comedian. They were given the amazing opportunity to write and produce a show with Dave and learn from his many years of experience. The result was a twist on the Rapunzel fairy tale that was performed at local libraries. Other past collaborations have been with Polyglot Theatre, Australian Parkour Association and Snuff Puppets and have included performances at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

If you’d like to do something fun, develop new skills and meet other young people in your area, First Impressions is for you. Who knows, you may just be the next great Australian playwright or actor!

Just ask actor and comedian Matt Harvey, Teressa Liane from the The Vampire Diaries or professional artist and photographer Katherine O’Donnell, who all started with First Impressions.

In 2017 First Impressions Youth Theatre will be producing a play to be performed in January as well as participating in the City of Whittlesea Community Festival on 19 March.

For more information, visit www.whittlesea.vic.gov.au or email [email protected] or call 9217 2291.