by Julia-Rose Lewis

“Challenging and confronting, ​Samson is an extremely impressive first play by Julia-Rose Lewis.” — Lynne Lancaster, Arts Hub


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Essie, Beth, Sid and Rabbit are growing up at the arse end of the arse end of the world. Boredom, decay and violence plague their lives. The accidental death of a friend has torn apart all their assumptions about loyalty, love and life. And when a new kid comes to town with his own secrets and baggage, their fragile equilibrium faces a fresh test.

Samson fizzes with truth; it is brutal yet gentle, funny yet sad, young yet old. At its heart is the startling idea that the death of someone important can be the start of something excellent.

Julia-Rose Lewis’s Samson, is a big-hearted and darkly beautiful play which offers a window into the world of young Australians today.

Production History

Samson was first produced by La Boite Theatre Company and Belvoir premiering at the Roundhouse Theatre on April 21, 2015.

ISBN: 978 1 925338 30 0

Education Notes

The educational notes for Samson are divided into three sections:

Section One – Themes and Ideas:
Samson covers themes of: Spirituality and Beliefs, Notions of Afterlife, Memorials, Identity Formation, Risk-Taking Behaviour and Friendship/Growing up and wanting to be Grown-up. This section of the notes breaks down how each key area is represented within the text.

Section Two – Q & A:
Playwright Julia-Rose Lewis answers questions regarding writing in the style of realism.

Section Three – Classroom Activities:
This section offers six potential classroom activities that have a focus on:
– Performing the intertextuality of Samson using physical theatre/ heightened realism.
– Subtext.
– Directing and performing transitions between scenes.
– Devising-Dramatic Treatment of a published play to be completed as a piece of written work or as an oral.
– Performing and directing realism and non-realism.
– Analysing the play.

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