The Important Things! Original Theatre for ACT Youth Week
19 April 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Important Things! is an original comedy, written to express the unrealistic and often conflicting expectations we place on ourselves at different stages of life. It follows a group of young people in the days leading up to two of them being married, as everyone involved suddenly feels the pressure of fulfilling their ideal potential.
The show is written and directed by Kira Omernik who is studying at the University of Canberra to become an English and Drama teacher. She says, “I thought that before I start to teach students how to make a play I better do it myself.”
The Important Things has been two years in the making. Omernik says, “I find human beings really interesting and I think that the visual media of theatre is a really fun and expressive way to explore aspects of humanity.”
The Important Things! Is a conversation between a group of young adults about what it means to be young. It explores the expectations they believe society holds them up to in their relationships, their careers, and their social lives.
The audience is encouraged to look at human flaws through an ugly, fish-eyed lens and laugh at the fact that sometimes people are just plain terrible and the things they think are important really don’t matter much at all to anyone else, nor do they impact the bigger picture.
Omernik says, “Think of this play as a chaotic, cringe-worthy ego demolition – an opportunity for you to point and laugh at characters that you will probably relate to with uncomfortable familiarity. Whether it’s someone you’ve dated, one of your friends, a relative or even yourself, you’ll be wincing, stressing and laughing along to the chaotic events surrounding ‘The Important Things’, in life.”
A farce taking aim at classics like ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and ‘Don Quixote,’ The Important Things! exposes the unrealistic pedestals on which we place literature, relationships, standards of appearance and ideas of success.
This production is part of Belconnen Community Service’s Access All Areas initiative to support young theatre makers for ACT Youth Week 2018. It will take place in Belconnen Community Theatre, in Belconnen Community Centre at 8pm on April 19 and 20. This is a one act show running around 50 minutes.
Parental guidance is recommended for people aged under 15.