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Australian Theatre for Young People

in partnership with Sydney Living Museums, SHFA and The Big Dig



Season: 18 September  -  4 October, 2013


Original concept and project curation:

Janice Muller

Artists:  Cristabel Sved, David Williams,

Danielle O'Keefe,Michael Pigott 

and Patrick Thaiday

Production Manager: Liam Kennedy

Designer: Kate Campbell

Technical Director: Juz McGuire


Contemporary performance meets history in a theatrical walking tour of The Rocks, featuring a cast of 35 young performers aged 9 to 26 and six historic venues across Sydney's oldest suburb.

" It’s great walking around at night. I recommend it to people who like scary stuff and old stuff."


"A really fun night out.  Not just for kids. Highly recommended.

Photography: Olivia Martin-McGuire & Janice Muller

Photo: Janice Muller

Photo: Janice Muller





25 Sep 2013

Reviewed by Blill Blake


Our tireless eight-year old critic gets the skinny on ATYP's new theatrical walking tour


This show by ATYP is not a normal theatre show. It is a walking tour of The Rocks as well!  First, we were divided up into colour-coded groups. I was in the yellow group. We were given a map and told to find our own way to the Rocks Discovery Centre for a dance piece called 'Surfaces'. The second act we saw was by a bunch of kids playing The Push, a gang that terrorised the people in The Rocks in Victorian times. They also fought and stole from other gangs and even the police! They leapt up and tried to steal from us.  The third act we saw was about what it was like being a teenage girl in olden times. It was one of my mum’s favourites. The fourth was my favourite – it was incredibly creepy! It was in a big old house full of kids whispering things like “follow me” and “my father died in this place”. It’s like they are ghosts and they get quite close. One of them was even breathing down back the back of my neck.   The fifth act I saw was a brilliant piece of humorous directing by David Williams about what people in 1963 were planning to do to The Rocks. Lots of apartments, and maybe even a casino. The last act I saw was about the lives of working class people living in little houses in different times. I really liked it.  Quay to the City is really fun. It’s great walking around at night. I recommend it to people who like scary stuff and old stuff.



Paths and Lanes into a city's past

SMH, September 20 2013

Reviewer - Jason Blake

This multi-venue promenade performance developed by the Australian Theatre for Young People, with Sydney Living Museums and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, shows some of the city's familiar historical sites in a new light.


After picking up a map in the temporary box office at 140 George Street, the audience is sorted into groups and dispatched in different directions through the lanes and back alleys of The Rocks.  On the top floor of the Rocks Discovery Museum in Kendall Lane, there's a welcome to country and multimedia-supported solo dance performance. On the way out we are set upon by Victorian street urchins, though on this occasion they seem more interested in belting each other around than angling for the silver in our pockets.


In the evening's most successful performances, we are ushered in to the sheltered world of two young colonial women of impeccable family and limited social opportunities and a ghostly tribe of whispering children sing the restored house at 36 Cumberland Street to spooky life. Elsewhere, the cramped rooms of the Susannah Place Museum become an immersive exercise in time travel.

Meanwhile, in a cheerless conference room near The Rocks YHA, the calendar rolls forward to more recent times in an attempt to sell us the future of the area as envisaged by Lend Lease in 1963. The architect's model makes it clear that every laneway and building experienced to this point will have to be razed. But that's progress, right?  The episodes on offer vary widely in their dramatic sophistication and impact but the novelty of the experience and the ambience of The Rocks' crooked pathways make the journey an intriguing one – especially for kids, who will find themselves face to face with performers their own age relating the childhood experiences of another century.

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