A revealing tell-all where kids finally get their burning questions answered.

Why do you have to go to work? How come adults drink to have fun? Is 50 too old to learn to surf? What was life like before the Internet?

This is a work full of questions. Asked by young people. Answered by adults. Transformed inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground delivered by Generation Up Next. Watch as age collides with experience in a revealing one-hour tell-all, where adults take a backseat as a powerful panel of 9 to 13-year-olds drop some truths… and the mic.

APAM 2018 marked the first development of 'I've Been Meaning To Ask You'; a work conceived to travel and adapt across different cities - each with its own ensemble of young people, with their own questions of the people bigger (and supposedly smarter) than themselves. It received an immediately enthusiastic response from presenters in Australia, New Zealand and internationally and will premiere at Brisbane Festival in September this year.

Combining anonymous submission with high-impact image, the work pits Age against Experience in a conversation built around three key starting points: what you've been told, what you know to be true and what you want to believe. Built in collaboration with and performed by young people, for audiences both old and young.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
Touring Party

This is not a conventional theatre production, but an opportunity to bring the team from The Good Room to your town to make a work with young people FROM your community FOR your community. It is expected that each visit will be over the course of a week, including workshop and performance.

“The great thing about this project is that its able to be reactive and responsive to your city or your community. Which means that we can arrive and tailor make a theatre show that is completely specific to your environment and where you live.” Dan Evans, Director and co-creator.

Critical Stages is one of Australia’s leading producers of touring theatre. We make outstanding theatre accessible to audiences everywhere. We have toured productions by some of Australia’s leading theatre makers to regional and remote audiences across Australia and New Zealand. The work of Critical Stages has won multiple Green Room Awards and has been nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Regional Touring production. The company has been awarded National Touring Status from Playing Australia from 2018.

Critical Stages is currently touring work by artists from across Australia including Salvador Dinosaur (Otto and Astrid, The Orchid and the Crow), The Good Room (I Want to Know What Love Is, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You), Belloo Creative (Motherland, Hanako), Red Stitch (Jurassica, American Song), Sheridan Harbridge (Nosferatutu), Asking for Trouble (Fort, Bottle Collector), Little Red Productions (Lady Beatle) and much more. For more on our full touring menu head to: http://criticalstages.com.au/available-to-tour/

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Unique Selling Point

  • A performance model, designed to travel and work with ensembles of local young people in your town. Each show will be uniquely created for your town or community.

  • An original touring concept that will genuinely engage young people in your community in not just the process or the workshop but also the outcome.

  • It brings the voices and ideas of local young people to the stage;

  • Long-term benefits to the community as a result of the extended engagement with young people by the artists from The Good Room will include: development of skills, confidence, articulation of ideas and much more.

Marketing Materials

"The most wonderful and life-affirming theatre – The Good Room are exceptional " Benjamin Law

  • We will develop extensive marketing collateral for the show's touring version., including high quality production stills and video trailers from the premiere season.
  • Education kits, behind the scenes trailers, interviews with the key artists / facilitators, testimonials from participants, social media kits & more.
  • Template posters & Flyers will be created.
  • The Good Room's creative and education team, Critical Stages Creative Producer and Audience Engagement Consultant will all work closely with you throughout the process to ensure maximum engagement with this new work in your town, centre or community.

Community Engagement

  • The engagement will being when looking for young people in your community to be involved and will continue throughout the process all the way to performance. This project is all about the community engagement that will take place.
  • Built in collaboration with young people, leveraging what the company has learned from their previous crowd-sourced performance works, including Í Want to Know What Love Is (touring with Critical Stages in 2019). This work privileges the experiences of young people as 'makers'in the artistic process.
  • As experienced youth arts facilitators, The Good Room is excited about this work being not only for young people but made with them.
  • Unlike a conventional theatre model, this project is realiesd by a team of artists comprised of diverse skills including The Good Room's core artists - Lauren Clelland, Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram and Kieran Swann. This project also features producer Tara Hobbs and specialist education consultant Annette Box.

"This goes far, far beyond any drama education for children I have encountered - a truly unique and valuable process with highly qualified, respected and talented professionals" Parent