The Suitcase Series empowers young people to tackle the greatest challenge of their generation: climate change. The program asks Year 9 and 10 students to devise their own works in response to a specially commissioned script. This innovative program is a chance for students to develop and expand their theatre-making skills and to share a performance day with their peers from other schools, before viewing Malthouse Theatre’s full production of the play.
In Semester 1 the Year 10 Script and Performance Drama class took on the challenge of creating their own interpretation of the professionally written script with a view to performing in Term 4 at the Malthouse Theatre. The class worked collaboratively to develop an insightful and original response to the script that they titled “What if?”. As well as writing the play the students designed costumes, make-up, props, lighting and sound for the play and ended their semester of Drama with a rehearsed reading of the play.
In order to ensure the play was performance ready, the cast continued rehearsing two lunchtimes every week in Term 3 and 4. The process involved ups and downs and cast changes that eventually saw a dedicated group of 18 students from Years 7 -10 take to the stage at The Malthouse on 30 October.
The cast rose to the occasion to give a powerful and thought provoking performance of their work. The students received praise and feedback from the other schools that were present and also from professional actors. The audience were particularly impressed by the writing, use of symbolism and slam poetry in the performance.
After performing the students had the opportunity to view work created by other schools and then a professional performance. The group agreed that it was a pretty special day that made the lunch rehearsals and last minute stresses worthwhile.
As the teacher facilitator I can say I was truly proud of the efforts of this group on the day and on the commitment shown throughout the process. Congratulations to the cast and crew:
Paige Friedrich, Dessy Turk, Bridget Spencer, Molly Haringsma, Jasmine Wendt, Natalie Reeves, Charlotte Fitzsimmons, Ruby Crofts, Eva Cutts, Darcie James, Sara El-Masri, Lara Chadwick, Maddie Dukker, Emily Howells, Tina Kavehnasab, Natalie Jenkinson and Emily Ryan.
Director of Staff Professional Learning