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Education Program 2022

Griffith Regional Theatre are committed to providing enriching and unique opportunities for students and teachers to engage with the performing arts. With 2020/21 being interrupted it is important to catch up, and that is what we're offering in 2022. Live theatre experiences to discover and appreciate stories, explore creativity and feed imagination. 

Our education program offers plays that are curriculum-relevant from leading production companies, and are supported by learning resources such as comprehensive study guides, unique interactive learning experiences (digital and in-person) and much more.

We look forward to catching up in 22 at your Theatre.

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Student ticket prices are $15 with one complimentary teacher ticket per 20 students (for designated school shows only).

If that allocation does not allow you to adequately supervise your students please speak to us as we are flexible when it comes to getting student participation. Some general public shows (evening shows) are also listed as part of our education program, but are not part of our designated school shows. We are happy to arrange special school tickets to any of these shows, please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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2022 School Shows


Amphibian

Tuesday 1 March, 11am  |  Stage 4, 5 & 6

A story about a young boy fleeing Afghanistan for the chance at a better life. After premiering in 2018, the story has become sadly prescient following recent events in the country. Chloe and Hassan are sent out of class under suspicion for stealing money while feeding the class axolotl. As the unlikely pair work out who’s responsible, Chloe hears the heartbreaking story of an Afghan boy who has travelled alone, across land and sea, for a better life. Based on the real-life testimonies of refugees, Amphibian sees past, present and dreams collide in an epic story of displacement, loss and adapting to different worlds.

Poignant, powerful and bubbling with humour, Amphibian is sparkling teen drama that brings one of the most urgent issues of our time roaring onto the stage.

Duration: 55 minutes (no interval)

Explores themes of Displacement, Loss, Adapting to different worlds, Truth Choice, Relationships and Empathy.

Teacher Resource: Study Guide - This education resource has been developed for Windmill Theatre Co’s production of Amphibian, within the framework of the Australian Curriculum in the following learning areas: English (years 8 and 9), Health and Physical Education (years 8 and 9) and The Arts: Drama (years 5 to 9). Connections can also be made to Geography and Humanities. The activities and lesson plans in this guide are aimed at the achievement standards and content descriptions within each learning area as well as the general capabilities.

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Engagement: Across Land and Sea: Muzafar’s True Story - an in-depth interactive digital companion which tells the story of how Muzafar Ali and his family escaped Afghanistan and travelled to Australia.

Go To Across Land and Sea

Free Digital Workshop: More info TBA - please register your interest
(The workshop will include a Q&A session with insights on the making of the show and may include a combination of key creatives including the Director, Sasha Zahra, the Writer, Duncan Graham and/or the Cultural Consultant, Muzafar Ali. This workshop can be adapted to focus on any learning area, please register your interest for more information).


 
 

Jack & Millie

Wednesday 9 March, 11am  |  Stage 4, 5 & 6

A dramatic comedy - because life is always funny.

This new play is based on the author’s true story of dealing with the mental challenges and sometimes funny moments of a cancer diagnosis. We all respond differently to life changing news. Millie, a fifty something professional at the peak of her career, is about to find out just how quickly life can change when she’s diagnosed with breast cancer. Millie deals with her shock diagnosis by creating an imaginary friend called Jack.

With a very simple set and small cast, it is a great one for drama students to see as it is a perfect example of using several theatrical devices to great effect.

Duration: 80 minutes

Engagement: Post show Q&A

Teacher Resource: School Information Pack - The information pack includes discussion questions, the actors’ use of expressive and performance skills, performance styles/conventions used in the play and manipulation of dramatic elements and production areas to enhance performance.

Download School Information Pack

 


 

Girls With Altitude

Friday 18 March, 11am  |   Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4

The superheroes of tomorrow are female and are changing the world! Modern day role models like Greta Thunberg and Jacinda Ardern are inspiring a whole new generation of young people who want to make a difference.

Girls With Altitude combines the cartoons of celebrated Australian artist Judy Horacek (Where is the Green Sheep?), with the worldclass skills of the young artists of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. From the environment to equality, the young acrobats of the Fruit Flies propose new perspectives on the future using their famously exuberant mix of youthful energy and high-level circus skills.

Duration: 70 minutes (no interval)

Engagement: Post show Q&A



 


 

The Alphabet of Awesome Science

Friday 1 April, 10 & 12:30pm  |   Stage 1, 2 & 3

The Alphabet of Awesome Science is a fast-paced, visually spectacular and information-rich performance that’s equal parts explosive, messy, spectacular, hilarious, fascinating and gross.

?Join professors Lexi Con and Noel Edge (the Word Nerd and the Science Freak) for a thrilling voyage through the alphabet – where AWESOME words inspire AWESOME science! It's a race from A to Z in a show that's over-flowing with sesquipedalian words and spectacular science. 

Science concepts and ideas explored during The Alphabet of Awesome Science include: States of matter, cloud formation, chemical reactions (combustion, synthesis, exothermic), heat capacity, air pressure, human biology, pressure over different surface areas, rocket science, Newton's third law of motion, sound… and so much more!

Duration: 60 minutes (no interval)

Teacher Resource: The Alphabet of Awesome Science have a great deal of resources which can be found on their website - these include PRE and POST Visit Teacher Notes, Professor Lexi Con's Dictionary, Try this Awesome Science with Professor Noel Edge, Explore these awesome words with Professor Lexi Con and Australian Curriculum Links.


 

Guess How Much I Love You

Friday 27 May 10.30am, 12.30am & 4pm  |  Foundation/Early & Stage 1-3

“I love you right up to the moon – AND BACK.”
Join the enchanting adventure of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare as they discover the magic and colour of the seasons, in a dazzling new stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s beloved Guess How Much I Love You books.

This playful story of love and nature unfolds on stage in a show that's fun for the whole family, with beautiful puppetry, music and laughter for children aged 3 years and up.

Brought to life by CDP Kids, the team behind the Australian tours of The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and Spot, this family favourite will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers. Don't miss out!

Duration: 55 minutes

Engagement: Post show Q&A with 12:30pm Show

Free Interactive Digital Workshop: More info TBA - please register your interest

Teacher Resource: A Full Teacher Resource Kit and additional activities will be made available from CDP Education


 

Hear It, Feel It!

Thursday 16 June 10am  |  Foundation/Early & Stage 1-3

Escape the classroom and see the Sydney Symphony Orchestra perform live in Griffith.
Musical notes played individually may just be sounds – though artfully string them together in a sequence and they form colourful melodies that convey feelings of joy, sadness, fear and anger: basic emotions we all share. Discover how composers harness the power of music to describe our emotions and tell stories of being human.

Teacher Resource: Aligned with the learning outcomes of the NSW curriculum, this concert is supported by free Teacher Resource Kits.

Please book through Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Complete the booking form below to nominate the concerts you're interested in. A member of our friendly Learning & Engagement team will be in touch with a quote and to help finalise your booking. Students $12, Teachers and Assistants Free.

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Erth’s Prehistoric World

Monday 25 July 10am &12:30am  |   Foundation/Early & Stage 1-3

Two worlds. Together for the first time. Twice the thrill. Double the amazement.
Bringing ancient creatures from land and sea together in one show, Erth's Prehistoric World is the perfect combination of theatrical magic and charm. It takes the audience to the bottom of the ocean to discover ancient bio-luminescent creatures and incredible marine reptiles, and then back to dry land to witness some of the most amazing dinosaurs to have ever walked this Earth...

Dinosaurs are a gateway to learning, inspiring young minds to consider an array of subjects from science to literature, geology to bio engineering, and natural history to mathematics. Dinosaurs have become a curious link between child and parent, grandparent, guardian and educator. The learning opportunities are immense.

Experience the creatures of your imagination coming to life on stage in this enthralling new show!

Duration: 55 minutes

Engagement: Post show Q&A

Free Digital Puppet Making Workshop: More info TBA - please register your interest

Teacher Resource: A Full Teacher Resource Kit will be made available


 

Barbaroi

Tuesday 9 August, 11am  |   All Ages

Barbaroi is a blend of high octane contemporary circus and exciting physical theatre. It combines daring acrobatics, aerials & phenomenal circus acts set against a pumping soundtrack complimented by finely tuned lighting and special effects. The Barbaroi will leave audiences young and old holding their breath and on the edge of their seat. Welcome to the five star award winning cyberpunk circus showdown that is Barbaroi!

Duration: 60 minutes

 

There’s a Sea in My Bedroom

Friday 12 August, 10am & 11:30am  |   Foundation/Early & Stage 1

An Australian Chamber Orchestra production, based on the book by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Jane Tanner, adapted for the stage by Tim McGarry with original music by Paul Stanhope.

David is frightened of the sea. He does not like it at all, not one bit. 
But one day he finds a conch shell at the beach and takes it home - and he hears the sea trapped inside.
'Come out, sea, come out,' he says softly. 'I won't hurt you.’

Based on the beloved children's book by award-winning author Margaret Wild, There's a Sea in My Bedroom is an immersive and theatrical introduction to live classical music, capturing the magic of a child's fantasy world.

Returning to the stage following a sell-out Sydney Opera House premiere season in 2019, this exquisite performance weaves together captivating storytelling with a specially commissioned score from Australian composer Paul Stanhope, performed live by a string quintet of ACO musicians.

Griffith Regional Theatre and the Australian Chamber Orchestra are proud to present this beautifully reimagined story that promises to bring moments of joy, sadness, fear, magic, and laughter.

Duration: 28 minutes (+15 minutes Q&A).

Engagement: Post show Meet the Musicians Q&A - a structued and interactive Q&A session where students will learn more about the musical techniques in the show.

Teacher Resource: Teacher Resource Kit which includes a sequence of lessons designed to introduce K – 2 students to the book 'There’s A Sea in my Bedroom' by Margaret Wild and as preparation and extension for seeing the live performance. Lessons address both English and Music syllabus outcomes.

Download Teacher Resource Kit



 


 

Edward the Emu

Tuesday 25 October 10am & 12:30pm  |   Foundation/Early & Stage 1-2

The award-winning creative team from Monkey Baa Theatre Company are back with a brand-new take on another much-loved tale, Edward the Emu. More than an adaptation, this is a unique imagining of two beloved picture books, Edward the Emu and Edwina the Emu, combining the plights of both emus in one heartfelt, clever and funny new tale.

Edward is bored with his lot. Being the only emu at the zoo has left him feeling glum and under the impression that the grass is greener in everyone else’s enclosure. Maybe being a seal, or a lion, or a snake might be a better option in life for a lonely bird? Convinced that the other creatures are more popular, Edward breaks ranks and goes to find the fun and along the way, finds Edwina! Written for the stage by Monkey Baa’s Artistic Director Eva Di Cesare (Diary of a Wombat, Josephine Wants to Dance) we follow the emus as they hilariously navigate their own feathered existential crises, seeking to find their place in the world. Meanwhile, unaware of the birds’ internal worlds, their human keepers are in hot pursuit to restore order to the zoo.

With exceptional, world-class puppet creation from Bryony Anderson and Alice Osborne’s puppetry direction, an original score from composer/sound designer Nate Edmondson, set and costume design by Isabel Hudson (Best Stage Design of An Independent Production, 2020 Sydney Theatre Award), lighting design by Matt Cox and inventive storytelling from Di Cesare, the emus’ journey of hijinks and tenderness leads them to discover that the best thing you can be is …. you!

Monkey Baa Theatre Company has been creating classic, much-loved productions for young people for over 20 years. Edward the Emu carries on the vision to make theatre an intrinsic part of young people’s lives with the quality, humour and heart that has made Monkey Baa a favourite of families across Australia.

Duration: 50 minutes

Engagement: Post show Q&A

Free Workshop: More info TBA - please register your interest


Teacher Resource: A Full Teacher Resource Kit and additional activities will be made available
 



2022 Evening Shows with Education Resources/Links

 

Black Cockatoo

Tuesday 3 May, 8pm  |   Stage 4, 5 & 6

An Ensemble Theatre Production, by Geoffrey Atherden and Directed by Wesley Enoch.

Over 150 years ago, 13 brave Aboriginal men in Western Victoria picked up their cricket bats and embarked on a treacherous voyage to England and into the unknown – all in the name of sport. Risking illness and persecution, Australia’s first international cricket team – including Australia's first Indigenous sporting hero, Johnny Mullagh – amazed the English crowds with astonishing talent, personality and grit. They should have returned to Australia as celebrated heroes. Instead they came back to find the world they once knew was no longer there.

This is not just a story about cricket – this is story of strength, resistance, hope and possibility. When a group of young present-day activists sneak into the Wimmera Discovery Centre to expose the truth of what happened to Johnny and his team mates, a hidden legend of triumph and tragedy unfolds. Funny and incredibly moving, BLACK COCKATOO is a new artistic collaboration between iconic Australian writer Geoffrey Atherden (MOTHER AND SON, BABAKIUERIA) and former Sydney Festival Artistic Director Wesley Enoch (BLACK DIGGERS).

Duration: 90 minutes
Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences are advised that this show contains depictions of people who have died.

Engagement: Post show Q&A

Teacher Resource: Teacher Education Pack which includes cultural and historical details for the play, interviews with members of the cast, crew and creative team, as well as English and Drama activities for year 7-12 students.

Download Education Pack

School Booking Price: Students $15 each, with one complimentary teacher ticket. Any additional teachers pay general public ticket prices.
Please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au to make a school booking.


Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday 15 June 7.30pm | Stage 4, 5 & 6

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Perform The Masters Of Romance Presented By Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
In Beethoven’s masterly Coriolan Overture, a relentless dramatic energy battles against a softer lyrical theme. Written to introduce a play about the Roman General Coriolanus, it’s a powerful depiction of his emotional journey from ruthlessness to tenderness – and a perfect opening to this Sydney Symphony experience.

Passion powers through in Bruch’s Violin Concerto. A dramatic opening melts away into some of the most beautiful music ever written for the violin, before giving rise to an uplifting finale. It’s the perfect vehicle for the expressive artistry of Sydney Symphony’s Concertmaster and soloist Andrew Haveron.

Drawing on the folk music of his Czech heritage, Dvorák’s Symphony No.8 encompasses pastoral themes, bird-like woodwind melodies and striking contrasts – sweeping everyone into its sense of homeland pride and joyous optimism.

School Booking Price: Students $15 each, with one complimentary teacher ticket. Any additional teachers pay general public ticket prices.
Please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au to make a school booking.
 


 

Jane Eyre

Saturday 17 September 7:30pm  |  Stage 5 & 6

Brontë’s gothic tale of a spirited orphan in search of love, family and a sense of belonging, blazes the country in 2022.
Witness one of the most iconic pieces of English literature retold in a faithful yet fiercely original new stage adaptation from the nationally-renowned shake & stir theatre co (Animal Farm, Dracula).

Following a childhood spent suffering at the hands of her cruel Aunt, Jane finds employment at Thornfield Hall – the impressive yet mysterious home of Edward Rochester. As Jane and Rochester become inexplicably drawn to each other, the dark secrets locked within the walls of Thornfield start to unravel forcing Jane on a heart-wrenching journey toward truth and freedom.

This stunning new production, featuring original music, written and by multi ARIA Award winner Sarah McLeod, will set a fire blazing in your soul.

Duration: 55 minutes

Explores themes of Supernatural Intrusions, Feminism/Gender, Love/Passion, Freedom/Entrapment, Power, Traditional VS Modern.

ENGLISH SUBJECT CONNECTIONS: shake & stir theatre co’s adaptations are punchy, impressive and aim to push boundaries for students. This brand-new stage adaptation of Jane Eyre will deepen students’ understanding of the novel or provide an example of contemporary theatre with no prior knowledge necessary. Students can compare and contrast the text and play, exploring the themes and issues presented for a new, modern audience.

DRAMA SUBJECT CONNECTIONS: An ideal example of Gothic Theatre for your students. Through shake & stir’s unique approach to storytelling your students will witness a performance of Gothic Theatre, Ensemble Theatre and Magical Realism helping to deepen their understanding and providing an excellent example of how a text can be transformed for the stage. With live music, striking set design, lighting and sound design and clever manipulation of stage craft, this production promises to engage and inspire your students.

School Booking Price: Students $15 each, with one complimentary teacher ticket. Any additional teachers pay general public ticket prices.
Please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au to make a school booking.
 



Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

Tuesday 20 September 8pm  |  Stage 5 & 6

From the canefields to the city, an iconic Australian story of passion, bittersweet romance and the yearning for lost youth.

Plays and playwrights go in and out of fashion but some endure and speak to each subsequent generation.  Lawler’s much loved tale of Queensland cane cutters and Melbourne barmaids has endured, not through nostalgia, nor because it spawned a new age in Australian writing, but because the characters and their dilemmas are so true, so beautifully observed, so humorous and so poignant.

A triumph at its 1955 Melbourne premiere, followed by a national tour and hugely successful season in London’s West End where it won an award for best new play, this 2020 production of the Australian classic Summer of the Seventeenth Doll celebrates the 65th Anniversary of this iconic play.

For sixteen years two Queensland cane cutters have worked the punishing routine up north in the sugar cane fields for seven months of the year and travelled back to Melbourne to meet up for five months of partying and romance with their barmaid girlfriends. This seventeenth summer everything is different.  One of the barmaids has ‘settled down’ and married a city bloke so a replacement date has had to be found.  This ‘off-season’ proves challenging for them all.

Part of HIT’s Australian Voice Tours for 2020, this production will be directed by the award-winning Denny Lawrence whose history with HIT includes many successful productions including Shirley Valentine, Always…Patsy Cline, Educating Rita, Glorious! Hotel Sorrento and most recently, My Brilliant Divorce. Denny will be supported by a highly-experienced creative team.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 min interval)

School Booking Price: Students $15 each, with one complimentary teacher ticket. Any additional teachers pay general public ticket prices.
Please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au to make a school booking.



The Comedy of Errors

Tuesday 11 October 7:30pm  |  Stage 4, 5 & 6

Far-fetched coincidences and chaotic hilarity

Shipwrecked and separated 33 years earlier, two sets of long-lost twins miraculously find themselves in the same city on the same day. What could possibly go wrong? 

The Comedy of Errors is a hilarious romp of swapped identities, misguided love, mistaken imprisonment and chaotic mishaps, leading to an unbelievably crazy day for bumbling twins.
At the heart of this tale of comedic misfortune is an old man searching for his lost children. He finds himself in a hostile land, in the fight of his life... to save his life. As far-fetched coincidences unfold, chaotic hilarity ensues and a man’s life could be saved — if only everything would go to plan.

Directed by longtime Bell Shakespeare collaborator Janine Watson, this is a beautiful story about reunion, wrapped up in an evening of entertainment and laughter.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (including 20 min interval)

Engagement: John Bell Scholarship - Auditions will open in May.
Students from regional schools across Australia are eligible to audition for the John Bell Scholarship. A life-changing opportunity for budding performers, three students will be selected to spend one incredible week training with Bell Shakespeare. National auditions take the form of a 15-minute masterclass with a Bell Shakespeare artist, presenting a monologue, then workshopping and playing with the text. Simply choose your monologue from our list. There’s a mix of male and female characters, tragedy to comedy. Take your pick and perform it in your own unique way. Three students will receive one week of training and ongoing mentorship from Bell Shakespeare. They will undertake acting masterclasses with Bell Shakespeare artists, observe rehearsals, see live theatre and perform their winning monologue for John Bell, Artistic Director Peter Evans and a Bell Shakespeare cast.

Regional Access Workshop: Schools who book The Comedy of Errors are eligible to participated in a Bell Shakespeare workshop on the production. Designed to prepare students for the production, this practical, 75-minute workshop guides students through the plot, key characters, themes, scene work, design, and insights into the production itself.

School Booking Price: Students $15 each, with one complimentary teacher ticket. Any additional teachers pay general public ticket prices.
Please contact the Box Office on 02 6962 8444 or theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au to make a school booking.
 



School Booking Terms and Conditions


1) One complimentary (1) ticket for every twenty (20) students is provided for accompanying teachers for shows during school hours. If that allocation does not allow you to adequately supervise your students please speak directly with box office staff. Additional teacher tickets can be purchased at student price. For evening performances, one (1) teacher per twenty (20) students can purchase a ticket at the student price of $15. Other teachers will be invoiced at full ticket price. (Note: Advance purchase price per person available up to 2 weeks prior to performance).

2) Please email the completed form to theatre@griffith.nsw.gov.au
On receipt of this booking form the theatre will send notification that your booking has been registered and will send an invoice.

3) Seating will be allocated in order of receipt of this booking form. While all attempts will be made to seat your group together some separation may be required. If you have any special seating requirements (wheelchair access, no stairs, access to hearing loop) please speak directly with box office staff.

4) We will be offering a small subsidy to schools outside of the Griffith LGA to assist offset the transport costs to attend each of these schools shows. This will be provided as a discount on the ticket price per student. Please see the following page for subsidies.

Subsidies for schools outside of Griffith LGA – 2021
  • For Schools within 50 km of Griffith (but outside Griffith LGA only): $1.00 per student
  • For schools between 50 – 150km from Griffith: $2.00 per student
  • For schools 150km + from Griffith: $3.00 per student.
(Calculations of distance in kilometres are taken from Google Maps – for clarification of the distance of your school, please contact the Box Office)
Subsidies will be calculated by Griffith Regional Theatre and applied to the invoice that is sent to the school. Note: Subsidy not applied to teacher tickets.

5) Thank you for your interest in participating in Griffith Regional Theatre's Education Program. Following receipt of your booking form, an invoice will be issued, based on the numbers provided. Please process this invoice as soon as possible to confirm your booking. As there is a high demand for our education programs, often exceeding available seating, we require final numbers and payment two months prior to the show date. Any changes in student numbers must be finalised before this date, and a new invoice will be issued. Additional seats requested, will be subject to availability.

If payment is not received by the due date, we will contact you to confirm details and arrange immediate payment. Failure to complete payment at this time may risk a booking being cancelled, particularly if the show is heavily subscribed. Where a booking is received within two months of the show, payment must be made within 7 days of booking. For bookings made within seven days of the performance, payment must be made at the time of booking. Thank you for your understanding.

 


 

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