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Students dive into Cathedral at Flinders University

Thanks to our partners at TRILITY and Flinders University, 137 secondary school students had the opportunity to attend special performance of State Theatre Company South Australia’s Education Show Cathedral at Matthew Flinders Theatre, Flinders University, on Thursday 26 May.

For TRILITY, it’s a vital way to ensure young people have access to the arts. “TRILITY have always looked for ways to support and give back the communities in which they serve and today’s event was no exception,” said Head of Communications Caroline Kerkhof. “When the arts, educators and business come together the opportunities are endless.”

Students touring campus at Flinders University

Students from across Ocean View College, Woodville High School, Blackwood High School and Blackfriars Priory School were generously hosted by TRILITY and Flinders University, who covered the cost of tickets, transportation and provided a shared lunch for students and guests.

“This collaboration was a great example, where 137 students from 4 schools were treated to a tour of Flinders University’s Drama facilities, a presentation on the university’s save the reef program, a Drama workshop and a performance of Cathedral. TRILITY was very proud to have contributed to this wonderfully insightful field trip and workshop. Congratulations to all involved,”  Caroline said.

Students heard from lecturer Dr Christopher Hurrell about opportunities to study Drama at Flinders University. Following this, a special talk by The Nature Conservancy Australia tied in environmental themes of Cathedral, a powerful story that ponders a diver’s life shaped by the ocean, and its power to both upend and heal.

Student drama workshop at Flinders University

For students considering pathways beyond secondary school, the trip was a valuable opportunity to learn about tertiary education options in Creative Arts. Where some schools focus on Vocational Education and Training (VET) options for senior students, it’s vital for students to also see a range of career pathways into the artistic industries through acting, directing and theatre craft.

With Flinders University Drama Alumni including Cathedral writer Caleb Lewis and director Shannon Rush, students saw firsthand the possibilities of a career in the arts.

Theatre opens minds to new worlds. Our State Educate program gives thousands of South Australian students the opportunity to access theatre productions, workshops and resources each year. We are seeking new members to join our Education Giving Circle donor group from $1500 per person to help support our education programs. You can join the Education Giving Circle here, or call 8415 5332 for more information.