Written, directed and produced by Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell, this play is essentially an insight into the lives of contemporary Australian teenagers and challenges the trivialisation of teenage love and romance often made by adults.
â€˜Advanced Screening 2010â€™ touches on issues like sex in relationships, decisions about going to uni, moving out of home and whether or not to continue with a relationship beyond graduation. The play kicks off by introducing the ten main characters, who work in a space which uses a large screen as a background to change the play from scene to scene. The characters, eight of whom are in relationships, represent the different issues that arise in the setting of teenage love and show the different range of intense emotions and feelings felt in teenage relationships.
There are some really great performances by the actors, who, being teenagers themselves, help bring authenticity and believability to their roles. The chemistry between characters is also very natural and the individual couples very well matched.
Adding something a little bit different, and something that is most definitely a sign of the times, the play has gone beyond the stage, with each of the characters having their own individual make-believe Facebook profiles. This cleverly marketable tool gives fans of the play the opportunity to browse through the profiles and gain a better insight into the character's private lives and personalities.
â€˜Advanced Screening 2010â€™ is definitely recommended for teenagers and adults alike and is most likely a good eye opener for many parents on how the youth of today feel about certain social issues. The play opens up the opportunity for both parents and teenagers to discuss what they have seen played out before them and to think about the issues that the characters tackle.
â€˜Advanced Screening 2010â€™ plays at The Brisbane Powerhouse until July 24