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.

 

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

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.

 

COMING SOON

 

The following plays are being considered for school incursions in 2020:

 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

TWELFTH NIGHT

OTHELLO

 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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@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.

WELL-READ

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 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 $15 per student

DURATION 2 hours

CAPACITY min 25, max 100 students per session

Professional Development

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, 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@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