BLACK DIGGERS &
THE LONGEST MEMORY

UNIT 4: READING & COMPARING TEXTS

Scenes and extracts from Black Diggers and The Longest Memory are woven into a performance that enables students to enrich their understanding of the ideas, issues and themes of both texts. 

Both texts present multiple perspectives on racial inequality and present the view that discrimination limits the ability of individuals to achieve in all areas of life. In addition to this theme we compare and contrast how the trauma of loss, pain and death effect the individual and groups, how authority and power influence loyalty and obedience, and how memory and ageing is opposed by the idealism of youth.

This program has been developed using the paired texts, Black Diggers by Tom Wright and The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar, in consultation with Complete Works' Teacher Advisory Group.

 

suitability

Year 11 - 12
VCE English/EAL


idea/issue/theme

Race, Discrimination,
Trauma, Memory


duration

75 minutes,
followed by Q&A

90 minute session recommended


TOURING TO SCHOOLS

Term 3 
12 august - 23 August

 

venue requirements

  • Minimum 6 x 6 metres
    flat, clear playing space

  • Set up time - 60 min

  • Pack up time - 20 min


COST

$17.50 per student,
groups 120+ 

$2100 minimum fee,
groups -120

All prices include GST,
cancellation fees apply


It helped to very clearly define both the similarities and differences between the two
books, making it easier for us to analyse and compare the two texts. The Q and A also helped to further enhance our understanding of the themes.
— Student, Mentone Grammar

Complete Works acknowledges this program is supported by the Department
of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

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