In February 2011, Australian Theatre for Young People in Sydney (ATYP) launched The Voices Project, providing a platform to showcase the best new monologue writing from ATYP’s emerging playwright programme, Fresh Ink. The Voices Project: Tell It Like It Isn’t presented a stage show of monologues written at the annual Fresh Ink National Studio, exploring the joys and heartbreak of first love. Since then, two of the monologues have been adapted into short films in collaboration with filmmaker Damien Power.

A Younger Theatre has teamed up with Fresh Ink to present these short films to the UK audience. Over the next few weeks, as well as introducing the films, A Younger Theatre will be posting interviews with the young people involved in Fresh Ink, blogs written by the talented playwrights and the original monologues that kick-started the project.

First up is Bat Eyes by Jessica Bellamy, starring Mia Morrissey and Ben James. In Bat Eyes, 16-year-old Adam cruelly teases a classmate, before experiencing the anguish of first love in unexpected places.

Next week: an interview with Bat Eyes writer Jessica Bellamy.