News Release: IPAY Selection


Young international theatre goers are set to enjoy Slingsby’s critically-acclaimed The Young King after it was selected for the prestigious 2017 International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Annual International Showcase.

To be held in Madison, Wisconsin (January 18-21, 2017), the 39th Annual IPAY Showcase will present some of the best theatre, dance, puppetry, circus and music by international companies from seven countries.

Slingby’s The Young King is one of only two productions from Australia selected for IPAY, which assists companies by giving them a platform to secure North American tours of their work.

Selection of The Young King follows its premiere and sell-out, extended run at the 2016 Adelaide Festival, where Slingsby presented 33 performances and a received a Helpmann Award nomination for “Best Presentation for Children”.

It also comes at a time where Slingsby has been facing an uncertain financial future after losing valuable Australia Council funding.

It has since raised just over $71,000 from private donations and is exploring other funding sources to continue developing and touring productions like The Young King.

The Young King, a play based on an enchanting story by Oscar Wilde was adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom, and was directed by Slingsby’s Artistic Director Andy Packer.

“We’re thrilled to be selected once again to present one of our productions at IPAY Showcase, the leading performing arts market theatre for young audiences in North America,” said Andy Packer

Our IPAY Showcase of The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy in 2009 led to extensive touring for that production in North America and in other regions of the world.”

“We are incredibly proud of our Helpmann Award nominated production of The Young King which will be touring to Riverside Theatres, Parramatta in September this year ahead of further Australian touring next year.

“It is wonderful to see the amount of interest in this show from North America and also from theatres and festivals in the UK and Europe. We look forward to sharing this Made in Adelaide production with audiences far and wide.”

The Young King is an interactive, fable-like tale of a naïve young goatherder, leading a simple life. Ignorant of his birthright as heir to a kingdom, fate finally catches up with the boy, taking him from the forest to assume his kingly duties. As a quest ensues for treasures to create his robes, crown and sceptre, the boy faces a series of internal struggles and contemplations.

IPAY Executive Director Jeremy “Boomer” Stacey said Slingsby has the honour of being chosen as an official selection for IPAY Showcase 2017.

“Their production, The Young King by Oscar Wilde, is one of only 16 international productions chosen by a jury of professionals in the field of performing arts for young audiences, from a group of over 120 submissions,” said Mr Stacey.

“The annual event attracts over 450 delegates each year, looking for the world’s best professional performing arts for young audiences available for touring and presentation.

Based upon their past Showcasing and relationship building at IPAY, their current engagement with US-based agents, Holden & Arts, and the strength of their production, Slingsby has all the makings for successful touring in North America and beyond between 2017 and 2020.”

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About Slingbsy Theatre Company:
After more than a decade in the Arts as a performer, director and creator, Andy Packer founded Slingsby in 2007 with Executive Producer Jodi Glass. Andy’s vision was to create a company specialising in creating high quality and emotive theatre experiences that an audience of both adults and young people can share, and which can tour to regional and metropolitan centres both in Australia and overseas. Slingsby has enchanted audiences in 68 venues in 43 cities across 10 countries, including a sold-out season of their production The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy on 42nd Street, New York.

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