St Martins, the leading theatre company in Australia creating and producing theatre by young people for adult audiences, is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2020 by telling soulful, funny and disruptive stories with its alumni and young people.

St Martins has a long, rich history and has sparked the careers of artists across film, television, music, theatre and design. As homage to the thousands of young people who have been walking through its doors since 1980, St Martins has featured the stories of 40 alumni on our social media through our 40:40 Online campaign. Together the stories create a kaleidoscope of the creativity, culture and connection within the walls of the theatre. Featured alumni include: television presenter Julia Zemiro, writer Michele Lee, comedian Tanya Lacy, director Petra Kalive, actor Robert Meldrum along with stories from our current young people.

The year of celebration culminates in an online performance, 40:40 Live, at 4pm on December 12th that will feature more than 60 young people who have continued to perform, script and create during lockdown. The work will include a combination of live and prerecorded segments that weave together stories of past alumni and present young people, highlighting connections through time and place. A chorus of teens reimagine Lally Katz’ surprising adventure into theatre, a young person pays tribute to the start of Wesley Enoch’s career and a gaggle of 8 year olds follow in Tariro Mavondo’s footsteps on the long weekly journey to the library where her love of storytelling began.

Tickets for the event are free and can be registered through

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