EDUCATION PROGRAM 2020

Incursions & Immersions

 

The Australian Shakespeare Company’s theatre education program offers Australia’s most extensive and dynamic line-up of in-school workshops and incursions. Available right across Victoria, our program is designed to take the shackles off Shakespeare, providing professional development for teachers and performance based education for all residents of Australia’s education state.

 

Our Focus: CONNECT. COMPREHEND. APPRECIATE. EXPRESS. INSPIRE.

Connect with the characters through robust performances delivered by seasoned actors or the students themselves.

Comprehend the context of the play, the themes and meaning of the text using active rehearsal room techniques.

Appreciate the brilliance of the writing through analysis on the form, features and structure.

Express as creators when directing and performing scenes and through personal, analytical and creative writing.

Inspire the next generation with the timeless wisdom of classic literature and the ultimate life education it contains.

Theatre in Education – School Incursions

 

VCE English Text

 

Much Ado About Nothing

This comic play, brimming with more literary devices than Benedick and Beatrice can bare, has been chosen in 2020 to have literary merit and be worthy of close study for English and EAL. This play was written to be performed and we have three professional actor-educators ready to breath life into this literature. This longer 90 minute incursion with Brechtian narration and between scene analysis of performance style, conventions and dramatic elements encourages audience participation, debate and discussion. The use of technology and original music by Paul Norton also add to the production values and really separate this incursion from the rest as a viable resource to aid your VCE based learning plan.

Between scene discussion learning focus:

Original language

Poetic devices

Language and cultural narratives

Complex narrative structure

Characterisation

Duration: 1.5 hours

Cost: $1,250 (max 100. Then $12 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEKS 7, 8 WEEKS 2, 3, 10 WEEKS 1, 4 WEEKS 1, 2

 

Please contact schools@shakespeareaustralia.com.au for more information.

F-10 English, EAL, Literature, Theatre Studies and Drama

 

Secondary and Upper Primary

 

Two company actors travel through the story of the studied play, performing pivotal scenes along the way, with passionate, in depth discussions about the world of the play, historical context, characters, themes, contemporary relevance and language styles throughout.

 

Play On Shakespeare (for Primary or Secondary Schools)

A riotous 1 hour introduction to the words, worlds and works of The Bard, this fast paced interactive show is perfect for upper Primary and lower Secondary students. Featuring Bottom and Titania’s unlikely romantic encounter from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the beautiful balcony scene from ‘Romeo and Juliet’, Macbeth’s infamous banquet and the fatal final duel from ‘Hamlet’.

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $1,100 (max 100. Then $11 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEKS 6, 7 WEEKS 2, 3, 10 WEEKS 1, 4 WEEKS 1, 2

 

Romeo & Juliet

Arguably the most famous love story of all time, the Romeo & Juliet session focuses on the nature of conflict and love as depicted in the play, the relationship between the star-crossed lovers and their character development, an investigation as to who or what is responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, and the position of women in a patriarchal society. Our interactive format combines stunning scene performances with discussion and debate.

Between scene discussion learning focus:

Conflict – internal and external

Appropriation

Characterisation

Parent /child relationship

Shakespeare’s language styles and how they inform character and drive the story

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $1,100 (max 100. Then $11 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEK 4, 7 WEEKS 2, 3, 10 WEEKS 1, 4 WEEKS 1, 2

 

Macbeth

Go beyond the language on the page and into the hearts of these characters with spine chilling performances. Students get up close with the supernatural as they join us on stage for the witches scenes and witness how magic penetrates Macbeth’s psychological state.

The formidable Lady Macbeth is dissected tracking her decent into madness with the simultaneous unravelling of Macbeth. Our interactive format stands the students in the heart of the action and the context of the pivotal moments of this classic play.

Between scene discussion learning focus:

Understanding and contextualising each scene

Character analysis

Macbeth as a morality play

Who is responsible for the death of King Duncan?

Shakespeare’s language styles and how they inform character and drive the story

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $1,100 (max 100. Then $11 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEKS 6, 7 WEEKS 2, 3, 10 WEEKS 1, 4 WEEKS 1, 2

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Encapsulating the whole play and the interweaving worlds of the humans, fairies and mechanicals to give students a playful experience of the text in performance. Students then experiment with ideas, forms and language enabling them to express their own interpretations and enjoy the play with their own authority.

Between scene discussion learning focus:

Magic and mayhem

Narrative

Parallel plots

Appropriation

Characterisation

Shakespeare’s language styles and how they inform character and drive the story

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $1,100 (max 100. Then $11 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEK 1 WEEK 1

 

The Merchant of Venice

A story revolving around religion, justice, business, mercy and cultural values, all of which are still relevant in today’s education system. This is arguably a tale famous for what is threatened rather than what actually happens. The characters represent a host of human qualities and emotions giving students a playground of options to identify the anomalies, paradoxes and inconsistencies in human behaviour and motivations. Students come face to face with the original context and explore how adjusting this context, playing with purpose, stylistic and grammatical features and form impacts the human experience of others and themselves.

Between scene discussion learning focus:

Context

Appropriation

Characterisation

Shakespeare’s language styles and how they inform character and drive the story

Duration: 1 hour

Cost: $1,100 (max 100. Then $11 each)

Availability:

TERM 1 TERM 2 TERM 3 TERM 4
WEEK 7

COST

VCE Texts: $1,250
Other Texts: $1,100
Regional travel fee may apply

 

DURATION
VCE Texts: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
Other Texts: 1 Hour

 

CAPACITY

Up to 200 students
(For groups larger than 100 students add $12 (VCE Texts) or $11 (Other Texts) per student to the base cost)

 

HOW TO BOOK
Booking is super easy.

 

There are two options:

Please download this booking form :

2020 Booking Request

Please complete and scan to return via email to schools@shakespeareaustralia.com.au

OR

click here and fill in the online form.

Our staff will contact you to confirm your booking and provide a deposit invoice within 7 days.

If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to email us or call our office on 03 8676 7511

“Dear Shakespeare Australia,

I took my year 12 Theatre Studies students to Taming of the Shrew last night. I would like you to pass on my congratulations to the director and cast for a fantastically entertaining production. It made Shakespeare accessible to my students and made the prospect of our upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet more exciting and less daunting. Special mention must be made of Brandan O Connor as Petruchio, who was engaging, compelling and throughly entertaining. It reinforced to my students why they’re doing Theatre Studies and was a wonderful evening all round.

 

I look forward to attending many more Australian Shakespeare productions – one of the most accessible and meaningful Shakespeare companies I have ever encountered – both in Australia and overseas.”

– Natalie van Dongen

Performing Arts Co-Ordinator

This option is available for all of Shakespeare’s plays.

REHEARSED READINGS

A 2.5 hour session providing a full rehearsed reading of the entire play. This workshop enables students to hear professional actors give weight and meaning to the text – lifting it beyond the page. Time is given for discussion between scenes. This session is delivered after school hours, on school premises. Guaranteed to provide an depth and complex understanding of the play. Please contact us regarding the play. We can provide this option for all Shakespeare plays and discuss offering any curriculum related text.

COST $1,600

DURATION 2.5 hours

CAPACITY Up to 200 students (For more than 100 students please add $16 per student)

Add a Shakespeare Workshop to your school Incursion

SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOPS

We offer dynamic Shakespeare workshops for all ages, a perfect addition to any incursion or a stand alone session. An experienced Australian Shakespeare Company actor teaches the basic theory of Shakespeare's poetical devices and puts them into practice through a series of fun activities.

COST $600 for up to 35 students

DURATION 2 hours

CAPACITY this can be discussed and considered on a case to case basis

Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

In this professional development session, the teachers are the participants. Our experienced educators lead you through new activities and fun, rehearsal room analysis techniques and approaches to the text, themes, characters and stories of your studied play. These tailored sessions offer a breath of fresh air and ways to overcome any stumbling blocks your students may be facing.

COST $120 per teacher

DURATION 1 hour

CAPACITY min 5, max 10 teachers per session

HOW TO BOOK
Booking is super easy.

There are two options:

Please download this booking form :

2020 Booking Request

Please complete and scan to return via email to schools@shakespeareaustralia.com.au

OR

Click here and fill in the online form.

Our staff will contact you to confirm your booking and provide a deposit invoice within 7 days.

If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to email us or call our office on 03 8676 7511

Please note; Regional travel fees may apply

“The Australian Shakespeare Company played a significant role in the international Shakespeare FuturEd conference at Sydney University in 2019. Delegates relished the detail that went into their workshop and participants came away with a range of invaluable resources to incorporate into their teaching.”

– Liam E Semler

Professor of Early Modern Literature, Department of English , Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The University of Sydney.

 

 

“Our teachers and students were enormously impressed by the standard of acting as well as the way the scenes were selected and analysed. Thank you for giving us such an entertaining performance and an analysis which was accessible without sacrificing depth of insight into the text.”

– Janet Strachan
Head of Literature, Haileybury.

 

 

“Your incredible team has blown us away once again! They all did such an amazing job, with our kids raving about the experience they got to have all day. We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to have you all perform for us each year. We’re constantly impressed by the quality of these workshops and how tremendous they are for our students, we are so very thankful!”

– Vladamir Hnatejko

Head of English, Good News Lutheran.