The Dogwood: A Play For Non-Adults

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The Dogwood: A Play For Non-Adults

Nelly Kelly

I believe my entry holds humanity, kindness, stimulation, achievement and power. The Dogwood tries to create a world of a play that provides connection to those who feel a sense of 'otherness' (particular displaced and LGBTQIA+ youth), and confusion to those who do not feel that 'otherness'. A daring concept, yet if the play were to effectively achieve this I believe it would evoke important discussions among an audience in the wake of the performance. Short of cliched gay and lesbian stereotypes, creative media rarely portrays three dimensional queer characters, I hope to present a queer play that not only brings forth the values I have stipulated, but evokes the question in the audience of whether they themselves should operate more within the structure of these values. As The John Byrne Award is for young people, I believe this play is prevalent to the award as it is specifically directed at the age range that this award is targeted at. I believe there is great importance to that as I hope to be able to creative a sense of confidence in young people who feel in some way 'other' and encourage them to take their space in this world.

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