MEDEA by Euripides

The tale of Medea’s vicious revenge killing of her children strikes at symbols deeply rooted in our culture. Medea is a feminist hero – cutting off patriarchal power at is source as she steals Jason’s heirs. Equally she is a demon witch and personification of the havoc wreaked by uncontrolled emotions.

The workshop explores key characters scenes as well as questions about the chorus and stylistics of Greek drama

Of all creatures that have life and will, we women are the most wretched

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare

What happens when a stickler for law and order is left in charge? Set in Vienna, Measure for Measure is an ambiguous tragicomedy that can be seen to pokes fun at and investigates the darker side of the superficiality of love, morality, power and corruption using comic façade, costumes and mistaken identity.

For example: If the law hath slept, who was it in bed with? Is the law for the good of the people or are certain people using it for their own good?

“The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept”

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BLACK DIGGERS by Tom Wright

Over 1000 indigenous Australians served in WWI and yet their contribution and stories are under-recognised. Black Diggers tells of the struggle indigenous men faced trying to enlist, of rare moments of racial equality on the battlefield, and of our post-war disregard for our Black Diggers.

Bringing these stories to life develops metaphors for post-colonial indigenous experience: the stories in this play are like pieces of an exploded bomb resurfacing from the mud; fragments and missing voices in an epic tale of triumph and disaster.

“If you can fire and gun and stand in the sun, they might pretend to forget.”

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams

Two sisters who have lived very different lives, one life founded on a crumbling veneer of aristocratic beauty and whimsy, the other on the brutality and honesty of the working class, reunite leading to a clash of personalities and ideas. In the comparison one can’t but notice a common thread about the beautiful fragility with which we construct our realities.

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TWELVE ANGRY MEN by Reginald Rose

When a single juror stands up against peer pressure and votes “Not Guilty” in a seemingly open and shut case it becomes clear why jurors need to deliberate and discuss the case before them. The defendant is the faceless other – all we know about the defendant is that they are poor, yet the process reveals how both the jurors and the audience project their prejudices onto that person.

In addition to unpacking the narrative, the workshop investigates the construction of characters and other dramatic elements, to present a reading of the play as a study in the power of language and one’s ability to create persuasive arguments.

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COSI by Louis Nowra

Cosi invites audiences to share Lewis’ journey as he overcomes his prejudice regarding mental health and discovers the power in the silliness of a Mozart Opera. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam moratorium, Lewis’ friends are trying to stop the suffering of thousands while he is learning about a different kind of politics. Sometimes art that is not political can have a political effect as it brings us together to play and laugh. Sometimes the unheard voices are not those that cry out under oppression but those who have simply been forgotten.

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BOMBSHELLS by Joanna Murray Smith

The young woman who needs the dress, the mother fraying at the edges, the older woman who remains a sexual being: comedic stereotypes of women who inhabit our world that explode into deeper truths about being unseen.

In a world of empowered women why does the idea of marrying a taller older man persist? Sometimes the feminist project overlooks the plight of the less radical. Many young people and women feel rejected by feminism: perhaps exploring the invisibility of ‘normal’ women is what is needed to achieve gender equality.

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JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

In investigating the historical Caesar and the foundations of modern democracy, we look at honour, power and language in the game of politics.

Did Caesar’s despotism or his perceived fragility make him a target for assassination? Are honour and integrity qualities our leaders require, or can they simply frame these concepts for their own political advantage?

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JULIUS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

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In investigating the historical Caesar and the foundations of modern democracy, we look at honour, power and language in the game of politics. Was it Caesar’s despotism or his perceived fragility that made him a target for political overthrow? Are honour and integrity qualities our leaders require or do they simply need to be able to to frame these concepts for their own political advantage?

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