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  • Page to the Stage
    Wed 22 February (4.30 – 6.30pm)

    Sometimes the best approach to adapting a novel is simply to get out of the way. This proved to be the case with The Secret River. The novel is much loved, widely read and studied. Andrew Bovell’s task was simply to allow the story to unfold in a different form.

    Hear how Andrew shaped the piece from the novel, creating a narrator, keeping the poetic language, building the relationships within the play and implementing the Dharug voice; and the challenges he faced as a white storyteller, trying to make sense of what Indigenous peoples thought and felt about the arrival of Europeans in this county.

    Cost: $45 (credit card payments only)
    Bookings: Education on 8415 5314


    Design as Dramaturgy
    Wed 5 April, 4.30 – 7.30pm

    Designer Kathryn Sproul (Gorgon) incorporates narrative, interpretation of themes, style and development of character in her visual dramaturgy of set and costume designs. In this workshop, she will take teachers through the process of making meaning for the actors and the audience, using visual techniques that can be used in the classroom to enable storytelling through design.

    Cost: $45


    Sean Riley Method
    Tues 2 May 4.30 – 7.30pm

    Led by one of South Australia’s leading theatre-makers for young people, Sean Riley, this Masterclass is an absolute must for teachers interested in devising work or exploring real-life history. Using long-form improvisation, discover how to create and maintain characters that challenge the rules of the new world. With an emphasis on truth and daring, Sean Riley’s method has been thrilling young actors at Urban Myth and SAYarts for years, with several becoming the basis for new theatrical works.

    Cost: $45


    Standard Lighting Rig
    Date & Time – to be negotiated with school ($300)* (3 hours)

    Have a professional lighting designer come to your school to show you how to re-design your standard lighting rig, discuss new technologies and maximise design opportunities in your own theatre space.

    *Regional schools may incur a travel fee


  • In 2017 State Theatre Company will offer the following workshops for students:

    Beyond Stanislavsky
    21 March (State Theatre Company)
    20 & 22 March (In-School)

    Without doubt, Constantin Stanislavsky was one of the most powerful forces to shift acting methodology in the twentieth century. Acting language, techniques and methodologies have continued to evolve out of his work. Actor Elena Carapetis will take you through and introduce you to the tools of Practical Aesthetics, Meisner, Laban and IIvana Chubbuck. Recommended for Year 11 and 12 Drama Students.

    Workshop Leader: Elena Carapetis


    Stage vs Screen
    15 May (State Theatre Company)
    16 & 17 May (In-School)

    Actors today need to be more versatile than ever before. What’s the difference between acting on film and acting in theatre? Actor and award-winning screenwriter/director Craig Behenna takes you through the different processes to present a monologue on stage, then on screen. Schools booking this workshop at school will require a handy-camera, tripod, tv and connecting cables.

    Workshop Leader: Craig Behenna


    Unlocking Shakespeare
    31 July (State Theatre Company)
    1 & 2 August (In-School)

    Students will step into Shakespeare’s darkest tale and follow the Macbeths as they navigate choice and consequence, loyalty, power and their own ruthless ambitions; OR have students discover the passions of Romeo and Juliet, and the tragedy of their enduring love. Explore Shakespeare’s universal themes and vivid characters while enjoying ensemble methods of unlocking the rich worlds of Shakespeare’s great tragedies. (Macbeth year 10 – 12, Romeo & Juliet year 8 – 9)

    Workshop Leader: Paul Reichstein

    Group Size: Maximum of 30

    Duration: 2 hours

    $25 per student (AC ARTS)
    $300 per school (In-School)

    To book your student group, please complete the booking form and return it to our Education Manager. For further information please call 8415 5314.

  • We are offering a special one week intensive acting school for young people.

    Students aged 15 years and over are invited to apply for State Theatre Company’s new program—a special one-week intensive acting summer school.

    Throughout the week, students will work with professional teaching artists exploring acting techniques including; voice, devising, dramatic movement, character analysis and improvisation, culminating in a performance for family and friends on the final day.

    This course is strictly limited to 20* participants.

    2017 Summer School dates are TBC.

    State Theatre Company rehearsal room, Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide

    $340 per student

    Download  the Application Form here