Incursions & Immersions

 

The Australian Shakespeare Company’s theatre education program offers Australia’s most extensive and dynamic line-up of in-school workshops and industry run courses. Available right across Victoria, our program is designed to take the shackles of Shakespeare and other classical texts, and let young imaginations run wild.

 

Our Focus:

CONNECT. COMPREHEND. APPRECIATE. EXPRESS.

 

Connect with the characters through robust performances delivered by seasoned actors and 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 of the form, features and structure.

Express as a creator when directing and performing scenes and through analytical discussion. And play.

Incursions

VCE English Texts

 

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

An in-depth exploration of Shakespeare’s dark and challenging tragicomedy about power, corruption, morality and desire. Through the performance and discussion of key scenes, we delve into the psyche of Angelo, the deputy left in charge, ruling his city with a puritanical and oppressive regime. And of Isabella, the novice nun whose moral boundaries are tested to the extreme. The play’s complex narrative structure is dissected and it’s web of secret identities, manipulation and repressed sexuality is explored.

 

Focus on: Power and corruption, morality, justice, desire and sexuality, problem play.

 

THE WOMEN OF TROY

A dissection of Euripides’ anti-war tragedy challenging the brutal, patriarchal warrior culture of Ancient Greece and their right to objectify and dehumanise both their enemies and women. Through the performance and discussion of key scenes and investigation into plot, structure and character, the play’s central theme of the timeless universality of the horror and devastation of war is unpacked, and it’s relevance to current day atrocities examined.

 

Focus on: price of war, justice, objectification and dehumanisation of women and outsiders, the questioning of faith and fate, crimes of patriarchy, the role of women.

Incursions

Secondary and Upper Primary

Catering to students of English, EAL, Literature, Theatre Studies and Drama. 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.

 

Romeo & Juliet

Focus on: love and hate, generational miscommunication, social prejudice, fate and choice.

 

Macbeth

Focus on: supernatural vs psychological, ambition, power and guilt, fate, choice and destiny, order vs chaos.

 

The Merchant of Venice

Focus on: racism and the cyclical nature of hatred, self-interest vs love, justice and mercy, the law.

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Focus on: supernatural vs psychological, ambition, power and guilt, fate, choice and destiny, order vs chaos.

 

Play on Shakespeare

A riotous introduction to the words, worlds and works of the Bard, this fast paced interactive show features scenes from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Hamlet.

COST

VCE Texts: $1,200
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:

Download a booking form and return the form via email to schools.vic@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

Immersions

 

Well-Read

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

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.

COST $1,600 DURATION 2.5 Hours

CAPACITY Up to 200 students (For groups larger than 100 students add $16 per student to the base cost)

Residency

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

Based on specific module outcomes, these five interactive sessions support both teachers and students. Through performance and active approaches to the text, as well as appreciation of language structure and style, our Actor/Educator facilitates the class bringing them to a new level of connection and comprehension.

COST $1,900  DURATION 5 x 40 min sessions throughout the term

CAPACITY Max 30 Students

Expert to Expert

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 Teachers, Max 10 Teachers per session

HOW TO BOOK
Booking is super easy.

 

There are two options:

Download a booking form and return the form via email to schools.vic@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