Youth Company Double Bill

The Trials and Future-tense

Our Youth Company interrogates what will be left of our earth for future generations to inherit.

22 NOV - 25 NOV 2023 — NOW ON SALE



Auckland Theatre Company


Basement Theatre


The Trials: 1 hour, 20 minutes (no interval) Future-tense: 1 hour, 10 minutes (no interval)


The Trials contains strobe lighting, strong language and references to the climate crisis, bereavement, execution, euthanasia, and war crimes. Future-tense contains strobe lighting, strong language, sexual references, depictions of mental illness, threats of violence, suggested drug use, and themes of racism.

The Trials, by Dawn King
It is the near future, the climate emergency is gathering pace, and our generation is being judged. The jurors are children. But are they delivering justice, or just taking revenge?

In Dawn King's The Trials, those who are responsible for the climate emergency are being judged - literally - by a younger generation.

The Trials was first performed at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in January 2022, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Future-tense, curated by Keagan Carr Fransch
A play anthology, Future-tense is a collection of six 10-minute plays. The stories all ruminate on the future of Aotearoa and are performed by members of the ATC Youth Company 2023.

These imaginations on our future are darkly funny, sharp, and insightful.

From an AI robot at the construction of a new Waitematā harbour bridge, to the last descendants of tangata whenua trying to find their way back to the culture that's been stripped from them, this collection of stories is thought-provoking, inspiring, and entertaining.

Featuring writing from Tāmaki Makaurau-based writers; Alex de Vries, Shelby Kua, Te Huamanuka Luiten-Apirana, Tuakoi Ohia, Vira Paky & Zane Wood.

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Auckland Theatre Company’s Youth Company

Our Youth Company is a part-time, year-long programme offered free to participants aged 18 to 25. Our Youth Company lets young people learn in a working theatre, feel comfortable in this space, and train in an environment that acknowledges the enormous strength and resilience it takes to be an artist.

Youth Company is proudly supported by Youth Company Supporters Group.

Friday Forum

Friday 24 Nov, 5.30pm

Friday Forum is your chance to dive deeper into the world of theatre, gaining new insights into the work. Arrive before the performance to hear from special guest speakers, who delve more deeply into the world and themes of the play.

Friday Forum takes place in the Basement Studio prior to the performance and is free for anyone to attend. Registration required on the Basement Website.

Hosted by Matthew Kereama and Acacia O'Connor, directors of The Trials. Featuring: 

Daniel Cliffords from Generation Zero

Generation Zero is a youth-led climate advocacy organisation. 

Sam Lincoln from Forest and Bird

Ark in the Park is a collaborative project between Forest & Bird and Auckland Council, supported by local mana whenua Te Kawerau ā Maki.