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
We acknowledge the following partner, whose support makes this program possible:
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.
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 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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