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Queensland Theatre hits the road on regional tour with ‘The Scene Project’

Queensland Theatre are touring to schools throughout regional Queensland with ‘The Scene Project’.

Over the past two month, 86 schools across Queensland have participated int the 9-week digital unit with Queensland Theatre. That’s over 1000 students from schools in Brisbane, Redlands, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Stanthorpe, Warwick, Ayr, Bundaberg, Charters Towers, Gladstone, Gympie, Mackay, Rockhampton, Mt Isa, Townsville, Whitsundays and Innisfail.

The new program aims to encourage and educate drama students in all aspects of the creative process, from rehearsal to presentation. Each year a playwright pens a new work and the participating groups are tasked with the challenge of creating their own 15-minute version. The program concludes with local schools coming together in a professional theatre venue to share their performance.

This year, the program has featured David Burton’s work, ‘Wisdom’, a dark comedy about youth and revolution. This piece centres on political voices and challenges whether teenagers can really make a difference, when the world is set against them.

Also included in the program are weekly topics, a recorded rehearsed live read with actors from Queensland Theatre’s Young Artist Ensemble alumni, video workshops, learning activities and sample assessment tasks.  The video workshops have utilised some of Australia’s best actors, directors, writers and teaching artists including David Burton, Merlynn Tong, Steve Pirie, Zachary Boulton, Ellen Bailey, Jackson McGovern, Travis Dowling, Brady Watkins and Ben Hughes.

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The Scene Project team have begun their tour of David Burton’s ‘Wisdom’.
Photography Queensland Theatre

As the course moves through to its final stages, the resulting ‘The Scene Project’ tour is happening now across Queensland. A cast of talented performers will bring Burton’s work to life and to regional participating schools. Actors include Ellen Bailey, Jackson McGovern, Elyse Phelan, Abdul Salman, with stage management by Natalie Callaghan. The play is directed by Michelle Miall with sound design by Brady Watkins. ‘The Scene Project’ Managers Travis Dowling and Emma Funnell are hosting the event.

‘The Scene Project’ is supported by RACQ and the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.

For more information on ‘The Scene Project’ visit Queensland Theatre’s Website.

Tour Dates: 
  • Wednesday, 12 August – Gladstone
  • Thursday, 13 August – Rockhampton (Queensland Theatre’s Artistic Director, Lee Lewis, will be attending this event)
  • Monday, 17 August – Mackay
  • Wednesday, 19 August – Ayr
  • Thursday, 20 August – Townsville
  • Friday, 21 August – Townsville
  • Tuesday, 25 August – Toowoomba
  • Wednesday, 26 August – Redland Bay
  • Thursday, 27 August to Friday, 11 September – Brisbane

Photography sourced from Queensland Theatre. 

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