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Theatre is like a gym for empathy.
– Bill English, San Francisco’s SF Playhouse

In 1986 I sat in the Dunstan Playhouse as a Year 12 Drama Student and watched David Williamson’s play Emerald City. An iconic Australian play by an iconic Australian writer. A white, male Australian writer, that is. I loved it. Me, a 16 year old Greek Australian girl raised in Port Pirie, who had never been to Sydney where the play is set, who had no idea about the upper middle class world of publishing and screen writing. I was transported into the waterfront home of Colin and Kate as they thrashed out their mid-life crises together and bemoaned the youth of today.

It’s hard to say exactly why I enjoyed the play. Perhaps it was the ritual of walking through the foyer, ticket in hand and searching for my reserved seat. Or maybe it was the pre-show anticipation that filled the auditorium and intensified as the lights went down, revealing an emerald green set that set my imaginative wheels turning. Or perhaps the actors, who held us in the palm of their hands while they amused and horrified as the plot twisted and turned.

I realised I loved theatre because it made me feel connected to people I had nothing in common with and introduced me to ideas outside my everyday experience. I loved it because it made demands of me as a member of its audience; if I was to be part of this communion, I could not be passive. I had to sit forward and engage, be as alive in the work as the actors on the stage.

Thirty years later, I watched lines of school students file into the theatre to watch a play I had written especially for them, Gorgon. The play featured characters who reflected the people in the audience; they were young, multicultural and from South Australia. State Theatre Company’s Education program aims to give young audiences great theatre experiences that reflect the world they live in. This is their theatre too and art should speak to all of society, not just some of it.

2017 offers young audiences a wonderful array of worlds to dip into, starting with our latest world premiere education commission Sista Girl, co-written by me and Alexis West, a Birra Gubba, Wakka, Kanak and Caucasian woman born in Queensland, currently living on Kaurna Country. Sista Girl is an exploration of the relationship between Aboriginal and Non-Aborignal Australians. How differently do we experience life as Australians due to the colour of our skin?

Our Day With State Program will deliver an exciting season of challenging work, including Andrew Bovell’s The Secret River, Anne Washburn’s startling post-apocalyptic comedy Mr Burns, Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a new adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and a smash hit staging of one of the most iconic and significant novels of the twentieth century, George Orwell’s 1984.

We continue our student and teacher workshops broadening knowledge on all kinds of theatre practices, work experience, summer school and of course, the Flinders University Young Playwrights Awards.

Welcome to our gym. We are here for you anytime!

Elena Carapetis
Resident Director

Kimberley Martin
Youth & Education Manager

Click here to download the brochure and booking form:

State Ed Brochure 2017

State Ed Booking Form 2017

  • The 2017 Education Show is Sista Girl

    30 May – 3 June, Space Theatre

    3-10 May, Metropolitan Tour
    Golden Grove, Barossa, Noarlunga, Mt Barker, Elizabeth, Goolwa

    11-26 May, Regional Tour
    Renmark, Mt Gambier, Pt Pirie, Pt Augusta, Whyalla, Pt Lincoln, Tailem Bend

    State Theatre Company presents daytime performances specifically for high school students – these performances are called Day With State. Each play is followed by a Q&A session with the cast.

    Teachers who book their class into a Day With State show will receive a detailed study guide. These notes provide in-depth information on themes, style, characters and set and include assignment questions which are ideal for continued learning back at school.

    **Please note:  Day With State performances of Mr Burns (A Post-Electric Play), A Doll’s House & Macbeth are currently SOLD OUT.  Limited Day With State tickets are still available for 1984.  Please contact us to find out about wait lists or attending General Public performances with your students as tickets for these are also available.

    Mr Burns (A Post-Electric Play)
    By Anne Washburn
    Score by Michael Friedman
    Lyrics by Anne Washburn

    9 & 11 May, 10.30am
    Space Theatre
    Suits: Yrs 11 – 12
    (Mild coarse language)

     

    1984
    By George Orwell
    A New Adaption by Robery Icke and Duncan Macmillan

    23 & 25 May, 10.30am
    Her Majesty’s Theatre
    Suits: Yrs 10-12
    (Adult themes & graphic violence)

     

    A Doll’s House
    By Henrik Ibsen
    A New Adaption by Elena Carapetis

    6 July, 10:30am
    Dunstan Playhouse
    Suits: Yrs 10-12

     

    Macbeth
    By William Shakespeare

    31 Aug & 5 Sept, 10:30am
    Dunstan Playhouse
    Suits: Yrs 9-12
    Day with State performances fill quickly, so get in fast! Fill out your booking form and return to our Education Manager to secure your school’s booking or for more information please contact us on 8415 5314.  Terms & Conditions available here.

     

  • State Ed Teacher Subscriptions
    Our Teacher Subscription package, including tickets and pre-show subscriber briefings, is designed around six of our Day With State shows;

    Mr Burns
    By Anne Washburn
    Score by Michael Friedman and Lyrics by Anne Washburn
    22 April – 13 May

    1984
    By George Orwell
    A New Adaption by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
    13 – 27 May

    A Doll’s House
    By Henrik Ibsen
    A New Adaption by Elena Carapetis
    30 June – 22 July

    Macbeth
    By William Shakespeare
    25 August – 16 September

    Switzerland
    By Joanna Murray-Smith
    20 October – 5 November

    Vale
    By Nicki Bloom
    17 November – 3 December

    Teachers participating in this program can receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 17 hours training and development, when they subscribe to at least four shows. This acknowledges learning outcomes and hours of participation, which may count towards their professional development.

    Teacher Subscriptions
    Our Teacher Subscription package, including tickets and pre-show subscriber briefings, is designed around five of our Day With State shows.

    Teachers participating in this program can receive a Certificate of Attendance for up to 17 hours training and development, when they subscribe to at least four shows. This acknowledges learning outcomes and hours of participation, which may count towards their professional development.