THE WOMEN OF TROY by Euripides

A full production of this play is being considered for 2019 – schools that register now will be given the first opportunity to purchase tickets.

In the absence of naturalistic dialogue and scene settings, the cathartic release of trauma becomes the “story” of Greek drama. To give the women of Troy a voice they must be witnessed and heard rather than read. 

Behind men’s glorious tales of victories at war hide the screams of the losers, the vulnerable children, and the women from whose bodies the price is extracted. This play is a brutal reminder that today’s winners will be dashed on the rocks of tomorrow. 

Our world remains plagued by violence against women. This injustice lies festering in all our subconscious minds. Is the brutality and cathartic power of the ‘Women of Troy’ what it might take to bring it to the surface? Can we see our ancient origin in this play? Workshops will use key scenes to explore the themes of war and violence against women in the past and present. 

The mortal who sacks fallen cities is a fool, his own turn must come

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EXTINCTION by Hannie Rayson

A seemingly simple story about the saving the tiger quoll from extinction contains a complex critique of ‘heroes vs villains’ narratives, highlighting their lack of suitability for the modern world. 

If we take the word extinction to mean the end of something then this play deals with a wide variety of possibly interrelated extinctions.  The extinction of the Tiger Quoll, the impending threat of Global warming and the extinction of the human race, the extinction of the idea of monogamous heterosexual life partnerships as the only right way love, the extinction of didactic moral concepts of good and evil: These are just some of the changing concepts that this play subtly mines. 

This workshop will provoke questions and give young audiences the tools to explore individual answers to the play and how to tackle the next phase of life on this planet. 

Perhaps extinction is just part of the cycle of life

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare

Please register your interest for this text. We will confirm availability with sufficient interest from schools.

What happens when a stickler for law and order is left in charge? Set in Vienna, Measure for Measure sits uncomfortably in tragicomic territory. Does it poke fun at the superficiality of love, morality, power and corruption, or use comic façade, costumes and mistaken identities to investigate the darker nature of these concepts.

Viewed through the contemporary Australian lens of legislation on gay marriage one take on the play might be a satire about state involvement in people’s private sex lives.  This workshop balances thematic exploration with a look at a variety of comic forms.

If the law hath slept maybe we need to ask 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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