UNIT 2: AUSTRALIAN GOTHIC THEATRE
This workshop focuses on the unique elements of Australian Gothic Theatre and how they have been used to create an exciting and dangerous new Australian play. Led by playwright Maxine Mellor, participants will gain a deeper understanding of Australian Gothic Theatre and how this theatrical style can be utilised in the creation of new work.
Maxine Mellor is an award-winning playwright of over twenty works. Awards include the Queensland Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Award (2001, 2002, 2003); the QTC George Landen Dann Award (2004); and a Matilda Award for best new independent work for Performance (2005). In 2012 she won Inscription’s Edward Albee New York City Residency Scholarship, and the 2012/2013 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award. Maxine won the Max Afford Playwriting Award for 2014 and received the Lord Mayor’s Young & Emerging Artists Fellowship to undertake professional development through Singapore, Iceland and the UK.
Facilitator: Playwright and Drama Teacher, Maxine Mellor alongside Playlab’s Artistic Director, Ian Lawson, the Director/Dramaturge of Horizon
Time: 10am – 1pm
Participants will get a copy of Horizon by Maxine Mellor and a ticket to a preview performance with a Q&A for teachers on Wednesday 19 May at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse.
*This preview ticket is non-transferrable and is valid for the preview performance of Horizon only. For student bookings, please contact Brisbane Powerhouse Box Office on 07 3358 8600.
LUNCH BREAK 1pm-2pm
UNIT 4: CONTEMPORARY ADAPTATION
Through in-depth analysis of Lally Katz’ A Doll’s House, this workshop will focus on adaptation of classic stories and plays. Led by one of Queensland’s leading Dramaturgs, Saffron Benner, this workshop will provide Educators with practical strategies to better understand how playwrights adapt work in order to speak to the current cultural climate.
Saffron Benner is a dramaturg with over twenty years’ experience collaborating with writers and artists to create new performance work. She specialises in developing creative ideas and facilitating artists’ professional development through mentoring, advocacy and networking. She has worked with many individual, award winning writers and artists including Daniel Evans, Marcel Dorney, Maxine Mellor, Leah Shelton, Rebecca Meston, Stephen Carleton, David Burton, Claire Christian, Finegan Krukemeyer, Mary Anne Butler, and Tom Holloway.
Facilitator: Saffron Benner
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Participants will get a copy of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen in a new version by Lally Katz.
Designed for educators teaching Queensland’s Drama Syllabus, Playlab Theatre’s 2021 workshop series will dive into cutting-edge new Australian work to unpack the conventions of the form, style and structure, and to deconstruct how the elements of drama are used to create meaning.
Delivered across 2 days, each of these 4 workshops will focus on a new Australian play and, through in-depth analysis, will provide practical ideas and strategies for bringing these works off the stage and into your classroom in line with the syllabus.
TEACHING THE CURRICULUM – EDUCATOR PD SERIES 2021:
- Unit 1/Unit 3 – Fri 19 Feb (Term 1, Week 4)
- Unit 2/Unit 4 – Fri 23 Apr (Term 2, Week 1)