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2020 Summer School

How do you turn a script into a fully realised production? How does that character you love, grow from words on a page into a three-dimensional being? How do actors and directors do what they do?

State Theatre Company’s Summer School is an exciting opportunity for young people (ages 15-17) to receive practical experience in creating theatre from recognised artists in the industry. An integral part of our State Educate program, Summer School provides excellent preparation for students undertaking drama at a SACE 1 – SACE 2 level or for those looking to further their theatrical skills.

Our 2020 Summer School program was be led by well-known Adelaide actor Rory Walker. Rory is a graduate of the Centre for the Performing Arts, with a long list of theatre and film credits, including Jasper Jones, That Eye, The Sky, After Dinner, The Popular Mechanicals (national tour), Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Importance of Being Earnest, Waiting for Godot, Gala (Adelaide Festival), Afternoon of the Elves (Adelaide, Sydney and Seattle U.S tour for Windmill Theatre Company) and the regional, national, Ireland & Norway, New York & Canada tour of The Tragical Life of Cheeseboy (Slingsby). Rory is a Brink Productions Board Member and Ensemble member and has developed much of the company’s new work, such as Land and Sea, Skip Miller’s Hit Song (2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival), Paul Galloway’s adaptation of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac, This Uncharted Hour and When the Rain Stops Falling. He has also appeared in Clockwork Forest (Windmill Theatre/Brink Productions). Rory has helped develop many new Australian works. He is currently developing his own solo work for theatre.

This year’s students self-devised a short piece that highlighted issues, thoughts, trends and culture that are pertinent to their age group. The students developed short scenarios or movement or musical responses to these current issues in their lives.

Our 2020 Summer School was a hit with students and one of our biggest years yet!

2021 Winter / Summer School Expressions of Interest

In 2021, we’ll be looking to introduce a new Winter School program during the July school holidays, as well as our popular Summer School program.

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