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.
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
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.
– 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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