PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Ziegler

(Studied in comparison with My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin)

Photograph 51 rewrites the story of DNA, highlighting Rosalind Franklin’s role in a discovery conventionally attributed to James Watson and Francis Crick. In My Brilliant Career we meet Sybylla Melvyn, a woman whose dreams are unable to flourish at least in part because of gender.  

The workshop explores the differences between Franklin and Melvyn as archetypes and the frighteningly common threads of sexism that only become obvious when we examine how and where women’s HER-stories are often missed in HIStory. 


PHOTOGRAPH 51


NB: Prices do not include gst

comprhensive Workshop


120 mins

$2300

up to 100 students

Additional students $23 each

WOMEN OF TROY by Euripides

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

Performance

The screams of the women of Troy reverberate through time, echoing into the contemporary world. This stylised ensemble piece is a great introduction to the story of the Trojan War but also draws our attention to how parable functions in Greek drama through archetype and myth. The tales of Hecuba, Helen, Cassandra, Andromache, and Talthibius become representations of familiar characters, social types and categories.The result is a powerful, cathartic production that reaches out to young audiences making this ancient tale relevant and immediate.

Workshop

Through questions and replaying scenes we examine how directorial choices in the production eclipse and highlight certain themes in the text. Alternative readings of Talthybius and Helen tease out mechanisms of institutional violence and the dynamics of relationships shaped by seductive power and the concept of ‘the vixen’. Where time permits, we examine how different potential portrayals of the chorus may be used to create a variety of effects.

Whittlesea Secondary School

We had our The Women of Troy performance today, and what a performance it was!!  Our students were engaged and the actors did a wonderful job.”

WOMEN OF TROY


NB: Prices do not include gst

Short performance & WORKSHOP


120 mins

$2100

up to 100 students

Additional Students $21 each

comprehensive Workshop


120 mins

$2100

up to 100 students

Additional Students $21 each

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare

“I do spy some marks of love in her.”

Performance

This short performance is a joyful bubbling brook of a rom-com with a warning sign that malice, power games and social critique lurk beneath the surface. Is love a virus or a cure? In a world

of deceptions and masks, the lines between romance, violence, desire, and revenge blur. Do we celebrate existing notions of love or deconstruct them and strike courtship down? Can we do both? What is the role of leaders and their relationship to compassion, equality, and justice? Are they the source of our ‘bum jokes’ or elected to maintain the status quo?

Workshop

Where the performance blends light and dark interpretations, our workshop investigates how the text supports more extreme readings. One could see Don John as a comic evil villain or a painful portrait of a man disenfranchised by his birth. Could Hero and Claudio be pure and innocent lovers or representations of the transactional transfer of possessions and influence? And are Beatrice and Benedick profound portraits of the emotional journey of love or courtiers jousting in a world too prudish to talk openly of sex.  

Norwood Secondary College

A huge thanks to the cast for creating such a meaningful event for our students!

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

NB: Prices do not include gst

Short performance & WORKSHOP


120 mins

$2100

up to 100 students

Additional Students $21 each

comprehensive Workshop


120 mins

$2100

up to 100 students

Additional Students $21 each

EXTINCTION by Hannie Rayson

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 humanity; the extinction of white picket fence monogamous heterosexual life partnerships and perhaps most importantly the extinction of didactic concepts of good and evil/hero’s and villains. 

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.


EXTINCTION


NB: Prices do not include gst

comprhensive Workshop


120 mins

$2300

up to 100 students

Additional students $23 each

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? How does exploring the invisibility of ‘normal’ women still advance the cause of gender equality?


OTHER WORKS


NB: Prices do not include gst

comprhensive Workshop


120 mins

$2300

up to 100 students

Additional students $23 each

THE CRUCIBLE by Arthur Miller

The Crucible is a partially fictionalised account of the witch trials that took place in Salam Massachusetts in 1692-93. Miller wrote the play as an allegory for the way the US government persecuted people accused of being communists during the McCathy era. 

John Proctor is often thought of as the play’s protagonist. His journey through the play foretold what would happen to Miller himself when he was called before The House of representatives’ committee on Un-American activities. The Crucible ends with Proctor’s final act of resistance – going to the gallows for refusing to point the finger at others. In 1956 Miller was convicted of contempt of congress for refusing to give names of his colleagues to the committee. 

Beyond the link to the McCarthy era – the play is worthy of study for its narrative and characters alone. Our workshop investigates critiques deepening the question whether Proctor is really a hero and the way female characters in the text are portrayed.

St Augustine’s College

The English teachers gave glowing reviews and the students told me that they found it valuable and that it helped them to better understand the text.


THE CRUCIBLE



NB: Prices do not include gst

comprehensive Workshop


120 mins

$2200

up to 100 students

Additional Students $22 each

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. Some- times the unheard voices are not those that cry out under oppression but those who have simply been forgotten.


OTHER WORKS


NB: Prices do not include gst

comprhensive Workshop


120 mins

$2300

up to 100 students

Additional students $23 each