Family, NT Artist, Theatre Australia / Northern Territory
Corrugated Iron Youth Arts


Created by The Good Room

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Presented by Darwin Festival and Critical Stages Touring

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?

Step inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground transformed by Generation Up Next for a riotous theatrical experience full of questions asked by young people and answered by adults. In this joyous and revealing one-hour tell-all, adults take a backseat as a powerful panel of nine to 13-year-olds from Darwin’s own Corrugated Iron Youth Arts drop some truths… and the mic.

Combining anonymous submissions with high-impact video design, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You 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 local young people from Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, audiences both young and old will come together to tackle the big (and little) questions life throws at us.

  • The surprises keep coming… an extraordinary work.

    Blue Curtains Brisbane
  • Director Daniel Evans
  • Created by Daniel Evans, Amy Ingram, Nathan Sibthorpe
  • Dramaturg Saffron Benner
  • Creative Producer Tara Hobbs
  • Young People Producer Annette Box
  • Lighting Designer Jason Glenwright
  • Composer & Sound Designer Dane Alexander
  • Video Designer Craig Wilkinson (Optikal Bloc)
  • Production Designer Jonathan Hindmarsh
  • Costumes Madeline Taylor
  • Choreography Nerida Matthaei
  • Stage Manager Jeremy Gordon
  • Assistant Stage Manager Sarah Robertson
  • Photos Stephen Henry

Supported by Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland

Supported by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Originally commissioned by Brisbane Festival and produced in association with QUT Creative Industries at La Boite Theatre in 2018.

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