Moorditj Wirla (Strong Heart) Workshops

‘Moorditj Wirlya’ (Strong Heart) uses elements of Forum Theatre to empower young people to explore their definitions of culture, and where they see themselves in a wider Australian cultural context.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Moorditj Wirla (Strong Heart) Workshops have been postponed. REVISED DATES: 19 October – 11 December. ORIGINAL DATES: 22 July – 25 September.


Age: 14+ (Years 8 – 12)
Group Size:
30
Venue: 
Metro Schools Incursion
Dates:
19 October – 11 December 2020
Cost:
Price on application

Curriculum Links: English, Drama, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

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What’s Involved

What’s Involved

Moorditj Wirla (Strong Heart), uses elements of Forum Theatre to empower young people to explore their definitions of culture and where they see themselves in a wider Australian cultural context.

Presented by Zac James, a Wongi / Yamatji actor and writer, the program is designed for years 9 – 12 Drama students to create short dramatic works around the ideas of culture, identity and belonging.

 

The Workshops

Across 9 x 2 hour sessions, students will explore a range of themes and issues around the notion of culture, belonging and identity. In a collaborative framework students will then explore and develop performance outcomes initiated by these discussions using Forum Theatre devising techniques. Over the nine sessions students will engage in the following:

  • Forum Theatre
  • Scene work and dramatic conventions (e.g play building, tableaux, Laban movement, character, narration, montage)
  • Text Analysis
  • Team Bonding Activities
  • Rehearsal techniques
  • Debrief techniques
  • Production role basics (sound design, props, costumes, lighting)

 

The Outcomes

The purpose of these workshops is to empower students to share and celebrate their cultural identities and heritage in a culturally safe space, while exploring how they can build resilience and strength through a sense of identity and cultural empowerment. Training prosocial skills, the conclusion of the workshop sees students perform an original piece of theatre using the themes discussed within the workshops.

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