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Academic Curriculum

Zeal Theatre visits Waverley

From Head of Drama, Ms Alison Jinga

On Tuesday 26 June, Zeal Theatre came to our school to perform a play called “Lucky Country”. The plot was about the refugee crisis. Year 8 were very lucky to view the production after last week’s refugee week.  The plot was about a young refugee boy who arrives at Cook Vale High School, he is given the name ‘Lucky’ by the enthusiastic and open-hearted principal of the school. Two boys in his class are not so open-hearted and their ‘special welcome’ of the new student triggers a chain of events which engulfs the whole community.

“Lucky Country” was created with the assistance of students from International Grammar School in Sydney in late 2015 and premiered in February 2016. Performed in their trademark minimalist style and exuberance by Zeal collaborators Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou, the makers of “The Stones”, “Burnt” & “King-Hit”, “Lucky Country” is a timely look at multi-cultural Australia, current global debates on the refugee crisis and the role the media plays in shaping public opinion.

This play about the refugee crisis, enthralled and excited our Year 8 audience.  After the performance the students returned to normal classes but came back down to the Performing Arts Centre to participate in a Drama workshop.  It was a fabulous experience and I believe the timing of the workshop and performance was perfect since the Yr 8s are currently choosing their electives for next year.

I encourage any students who enjoyed the experience to choose Drama next year. I am available for any questions regarding the Course at any time.