I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You

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I’ve Been Meaning To Ask You

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 17 March - 20 March 2021
Category Live Event

Riverside Theatres and Critical Stages Touring Present
An ATYP Production
Created by the Good Room

Why do you have to go to work?
How come adults drink to have fun?
What was life like before the Internet?
Is 50 too old to learn to surf?

This is a work full of questions. Asked by young people. Answered by adults. Transformed inside a theatre-turned-playground-turned-battleground delivered by Generation Up Next. Watch as age collides with experience in a revealing one-hour tell-all, where adults take a backseat as a powerful gang of 9-13-year-olds drop some truths… and the mic.

Combining anonymous submissions with high-impact video design, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You pits Age against Experience in a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true, and what you want to believe.

Don’t miss the hit of Brisbane Festival as the national youth theatre company, ATYP do what they do best, place young people centre stage and watch the magic happen. Built in collaboration with and performed by local young people, audiences both young and old will come together to tackle the big (and little) questions that life throws at us.

“The most wonderful and life-affirming theatre – The Good Room are exceptional.” – Benjamin Law

Please Note:
Tickets to this event are sold to 75% of capacity. All Riverside patrons will be seated in line with current NSW Public Health guidelines, allowing patrons to be seated alongside each other. If you have any questions and would like to discuss this with a member of our team, please contact our Box Office staff on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

This production contains some adult themes, theatrical haze, loud noises and is recommended for ages 9+ and their families.

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email boxoffice_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au or call 8839 3399.

Riverside Theatres is registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe venue. Our COVID Safe plan was developed in line with federal and state government health guidelines, and following consultation with Live Performance Australia, other NSW venues, and various government bodies, on enhanced health, hygiene and safety measures. These measures include: reduced audience capacity; social distancing; wearing face masks; mandatory Service NSW QR code registration check in; extra cleaning; increased sanitisation of high-touch surfaces; the provision of hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes and hand washing facilities throughout the venue; traffic management plans to alleviate congestion in public spaces; and dedicated COVID Safe Hygiene Marshals.

Please review our Patron Safety Information before you visit us at Riverside.

It is also important that if you are unwell you stay home, we have updated our ticket conditions and our Box Office team are available to talk through your exchange and refund options. You can contact the Box Office on 02 8839 3399 or email BoxOffice_Riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

Thank you for keeping our community safe.


Director – Daniel Evans
Key Creatives – Amy Ingram and Nathan Sibthorpe
Dramaturg – Saffron Benner
Creative Producer – Tara Hobbs
Young People Producer – Annette Box
Lighting Design – Jason Glenwright
Composer & Sound Design – Dane Alexander
Video Design – Craig Wilkinson (Optikal Bloc)
Production Design – Jonathan Hindmarsh
Costumes – Madeline Taylor
Choreography – Nerida Matthaei


Ian Baek
Aisata Bah
Eloise Bendall
Alice Campbell
Ginger Campbell
Louis Carroll
Alexander Cheung
Sophie Davis
Anton Galati
Riley Gatt
Gil Gracie
Chloe Harnisch-Rojas
Lucas Lawford
Gabriella Massoud
Scarlett Saunders
Adele Simon
Shujay Vijaygiri
Jack Waters


“Where do I begin? I loved all of it.” Broadway World

“The best The Good Room project realisation yet. I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You has been created using audience and anonymous stories and the consequence is genuine audience engagement to ponder not only its targeted central questions, but the value of communication between generations that typically don’t interact with such honesty and consideration” – Blue Curtains Brisbane


“This goes far, far beyond any drama education for children I have encountered – a truly unique and valuable process with highly qualified, respected and talented professionals” – Parent of Participant

“The Good Room creatives have planted little seeds of thoughts that have not only expanded my children’s empathy for humanity and for themselves but ultimately celebrate life.” –  Natalie Parish, Parent of Participant

“The Good Room allowed my daughter to feel safe & at home in their creative space & as she grew through the process so did her sense of personal validity… The whole team gave these young people a professional platform to express safely & with guidance. They allowed them to celebrate communication through creativity & gave a new power to their young voices.” – Parent of Participant


According to the exemption under the public health order (COVID 19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 7) 2020 (NSW) under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW), issued on February 1 2021, organised groups who enter a premises as part of a school, child care, aged care or disability group are not required to provide the premises with contact details of every person in their group. This is subject to the following conditions:

  • It is duty of the group organiser (teacher or carer) to keep an electronic record of the entire group and their contact details for 28 days after the event.
  • The group organiser must provide the premises (Riverside Theatres) with at least two contacts to make available to NSW Health.

Curriculum Links and Resources

Download the Curriculum Links here: I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You CURRICULUM LINKS
Download the Education Kit here: I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You EDUCATION KIT 

Schools Bookings
For further information and to book please contact our Education Booking Coordinator on 8839 3308 or email education_riverside@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au, or fill in our Schools Bookings Form here.

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I've Been Meaning To Ask You

Combining anonymous submissions with high-impact video design, I’ve Been Meaning to Ask You pits Age against Experience in a conversation built around three key starting points: what you’ve been told, what you know to be true, and what you want to believe.

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Ticket Prices

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30 & Under $28
18 & Under $25
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18 & Under $27
Groups 8+* $35

Transaction fees apply

Phone $4.60
Web $4.60
Counter $4.60
School Bookings $4.60