AUSTRALIAN POETRY

The Australian idiom is explored in a presentation of performance poetry that expresses a variety of voices both linguistically and culturally. Students participate in an interactive workshop with the actors to take away ideas to write their own poetry.  

 Poems easily lend themselves to a range of classroom exercises; forms include ballads, free and comic verse, spoken word and rap using a broad range of poetic devices.

 All performances are followed by a Q&A with the actors. Company members have broad knowledge of poetry and storytelling and can lead discussion on style and content.

 

Suitability

 Year 7 - 8

Idea/Issue/theme

Australian Identity

Duration

 60 minutes,
followed by Q&A 

90 minute session recommended 


PRE-SHOW CHECKLIST

  • Book suitable performance space

  • Minimum 6 x 6 metres flat, clear playing space with access to power

  • Allow for set up time - 60 min and Pack up time - 20 min

  • Arrange access to venue, the actors will arrive 1 hour before your show

  • Arrange assistance to use theatre lighting rig (if applicable)

  • Download the Classroom Resources

POST-SHOW CHECKLIST


CLASSROOM RESOURCES

Download our comprehensive guide before the performance.

Entertaining, educational and involved students, so terrific. The range of poems appealed to the diverse tastes of students.
— Princes Hill Secondary College

Pre-Show Information

Space Requirements:
6x6 metres of cleared, flat playing space and access to a power point. If you have a raised stage, we would always prefer to perform on the stage so the audience can see the action.

Lighting Requirements:
If your performance space has a standard lighting rig, we would appreciate being able to use it; we require a general wash on the stage and the house lights dimmed/off for the performance.  Please let us know if we need to speak to a theatre technician at the school before our visit.

Arrival:
Our actors will arrive one hour before the start of the show and sign in at the school office; they will ask for the contact teacher to assist them access the venue. Please let us know of any access or parking issues before our arrival (building works, best entrance for access to the venue etc.)

Access & Set-Up:
Access to the performance venue is required on arrival. This allows time to unload, set up the performance set, costumes and lights. In order to unload quickly and safely, please let us know the best place to access the performance venue, so the team can park the vehicle as close as possible.

Performance Length:
The performance runs for 60 minutes, however we recommend a 90 minute session to allow time for a question & analysis session after the show.

Photography & Filming:
Filming and flash photography of the performance is not permitted. If the school would like to take some photos please let the actors know and they can arrange to do a set-up photo before or after the show.

Theatre Etiquette:
We love the excitement that student groups bring into the theatre, but we would ask that that they understand a few simple guidelines to help them engage with the performance and assist our actors with their performance.

  • Please ensure all mobile phones, tablets and electrical devices are switched off for the performance.

  • Actors love to hear audiences respond authentically to the action on stage - laughing, cheering, applauding, even crying is all part of the experience.

  • Please do not talk or whisper during the performance; it is distracting to the actors and other audience members.

Payment:
Please email or call the office with your final student numbers and a balance invoice will be issued to the school. Payment is required within 7 days of the performance.

Feedback:
Complete Works appreciates any feedback from teachers and students. An online teacher survey will be emailed to you after the show; this is a short survey which assists us plan our future programs and respond to any questions, concerns and ideas that you would like to raise after the show.

Cancellations:
If a booking needs to be rescheduled or cancelled, Complete Works requires a minimum of six weeks written notification. Cancellations made within six weeks of the performance date will result in the full minimum performance fee being payable by the school. All cancellations must be received in writing via email or letter. Changes and cancellations will not be accepted over the phone.