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ATYP Middle School Bundle

sub1 Select any three of our ATYP commission publications below

Cast Size
CAST SIZE: Large Cast Without Doubling
Target Audience
LENGTH: 1 Hour
   PLAYWRIGHT: Multiple playwrights
$ 55.00
Discount: $ 16.85





ATYP Foundation Commissions recognises great ideas from playwrights of all levels of experience that embraces the age of young performers, providing the young actors something substantial to sink their teeth into. Over time, these commissions have developed a canon of sophisticated works for young actors that are performed in theatres and schools around the country.

*In the boxes above please select the three plays you would like from the choices below before you check out*

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APRIL AARDVARK by Nathaniel Moncrieff


Themes: Bullying, Social Media, Communication

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: MIddle Years


EZ and his gange of bullies have created a fake social media account to inflict torment and misery on their fellow students. The account's name is "April Aardvark", echoes through the halls with fear and confusion. The gang is smugly satisfied with the results, until the day a student shows up to class claiming to be April Aardvark. She is the living, breathing manifestation of the account – a mean, obscene insult machine. She spreads chaos through the school, turning student against student and bully against bully. But is she really who she claims to be? And if so, how can she be stopped? 

Only one thing is certain – she is the greatest bully that ever lived.



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BATHORY BEGINS by Emme Hoy and Gretel Vella


Themes: Survival, Good vs. Evil, Horror

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 14–17

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: Senior Years


Year 10 Art teacher Mrs Bathory is most definitely a reincarnation of the sadistic, serial-killer Countess, Erzebet Báthory. It's pretty obvious to her class of seven —yes, seven — girls. The last remaining survivors. When the students in 10F decide to pull the prank of the century and destroy the beast for good, there's just one thing that stands in their way. The private school boys from Judas Gents have arrived, and they don't feel so comfortable with murder. 

Girls vs. boys. Public vs. private... And an undead woman of the night. Things were never going to end well.



Impending Everyone

IMPENDING EVERYONE by Michael Andrew Collins


Themes: Technology, Adolescents

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 14–17

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: Senior Years


Someone at Elia’s high school has gained access to all the students’ browser histories, messages and metadata. They plan to release them. What do they want? Nothing more than everybody at the high school finding out who they, and everyone around them, really is. But the students can’t let this happen.  They have secrets that can’t come out, and less than one day to stop their impending release.

Set within a New South Wales high school, Impending Everyone explores what happens when we have to own up to the things we have said, when anonymity is stripped away and our desires are laid bare.



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Themes: Self acceptance, Science Fiction, Cooperation

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: Primary Years


Have you ever wanted to change the past? Charlie Pilgrim has. And with the prototype of her time machine – The Mobius – ready for a test run, she was hoping to get her chance.

Unfortunately, starting up the machine has accidentally created a closed time loop that adds a new Charlie every twenty-four hours. With the population rising and group dynamics coming into play, things go from Interstellar to Lord of the Flies pretty fast. To save her soul, and prevent the universe from collapsing under the weight of a mounting series of mind-bending paradoxes, Charlie is forced to do battle… with herself.



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WONDER FLY by Nick Atkins


Themes: Individuality, Friendship, Responsibility

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: Primary Years


Bridie doesn’t tend to stand out. It’s halfway through her first year of high school and nothing seems to be changing. That is until, a box mysteriously appears on her bed. Attached to it is a card that reads, “It’s time to become who you were born to be Wonder Fly. The Red Wasp strikes midnight tomorrow.”

Wonder Fly is a coming-of-age hero’s quest. The only problem is; no one’s sure who the hero is supposed to be. Set in Sydney-slash-Gotham City, the play leaps out of the world of a comic book. People are isolated, and evil preys on the spaces in between. There are bright lights and dark alleyways, just the way the Red Wasp intended.  

Armed with nothing more than a box, a costume, a mask, a torch, a few eclectic superpowers and a map with a big ‘X’ on it, Wonder Fly asks the question: if we are all heroes, who does that make the villain?


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Themes: Individuality, Friendship, Zombies

Length: 1 Hour

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: Large cast without doubling

Target Audience: Primary Years


It's not easy being young and smart.  

Alex is a twelve-year-old with a keen eye and a wit to match.  She's been watching everyone at school for the last few days like an eagle... or maybe a hawk, and something's not right.  Everyone is acting weird.  They're all starting to say the same things, wear the same clothes, do bad dance routines in the corridors for no reason at all and meet up after school to drink decaf-mocha-latte-soy-frappucions.   The writing's on the wall.  She knows what's happening.  They're all turning into zombies.

In fact, it's the Night of the Zombies - that fateful occurrence that happens once every 200 years.  Alex and her buddies know what to do, they'll have to fight with all their might the zombies of tonight. 


Screen Shot 2017 10 25 at 11.55.22 amTHE TROLLEYS by Sara West


Themes: Sustainability, Responsibilities, Authority, Childhood

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: 7–8

Target Audience: Primary Years


The Trolleys are a gang of six living on the outskirts of the city. They need their light jars to survive the dangerous place they live in but their lights are fading fast and no one knows why. It's up to Savage Kim and her fiery, soulful, smart, skittish (and sometimes silly) gang to embark on a dangerous journey to figure it out. All they know is that they don’t have much time and if they fail they too will disappear. They will be Dusters. 

This captivating new play by Sara West won the 2014 ATYP Foundation Commission Award. It’s got a big heart and asks big questions. What happens if you inherit a world where you aren’t safe? What do we need to survive in the dark? Who will save us if we can’t save ourselves? 

 No one wants to be a Duster… 



LUKE LLOYD: ALIENOID by John Armstrong


Themes: Alienation, Bullying, Abandonment

Length: 1.5 Hours

Character Ages: 10–13

Cast Size: 9+

Target Audience: Primary Years


Luke is smart, funny, shy and highly imaginative – but has no friends at school. In fact, he feels like he’s not even of the same species as the other kids in his class. But that isn’t surprising, because he’s not. 

Luke’s father (whom he has never met) came from a distant planet - which makes Luke half human, half alien. He’s an ‘alienoid’. Which explains a lot, thinks Luke. This delightful new play for actors aged between 10 and 13 is the winner of the 2013 ATYP Foundation Commission. Fresh from the imagination of AFI and Logie Award-winning writer John Armstrong, Luke Lloyd: Alienoid speaks to the little bit of alien in all of us. 



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LUKE LLOYD: ALIENOID by John Armstrong


Themes: Isolation, Survival, Entitlement

Length: 1 Hour

Character Ages: 13–15

Cast Size: 9+

Target Audience: Middle Years


The teacher is missing, there isn’t enough food, it’s getting dark and no one mentioned that the toilets out here are nothing but holes in the ground. 

For a small group of students, it seems their grade seven camp couldn’t get much worse, that is until a stranger appears. 

Compass is a comedy with a sting in its tail, which asks how far we’ll go to hold on to what we think we deserve. If we are barely managing to take care of ourselves, how do we treat an outsider? Is our moral compass set in stone, or can we get lost?

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