The Penelopiad

A NOTE FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Welcome to Complete Works Theatre Company’s 2019 Season.


I often think the work that we do is like a forensic archeologist painstakingly chipping away at ancient bones to uncover a story much great than that that first presents itself. Getting to the nut, the kernel, the truth of an idea or issue in a literary text is like peeling back the layers to reveal a mosaic of understanding and appreciation. 


This year we continue to uncover and discover meaning with the addition of three new productions to our VCE program. Following the success of Medea in theatres we offer Don Taylor’s version of The Women of Troy by Euripides in a contemporary exploration of the horrific consequences the violence of war has on those left behind. Extinction by Hannie Rayson asks whether conservation and can live along side the demands of big business, we compare and contrast the effects of racial inequality and discriminations with Black Digger & The Longest Memory and Photograph 51joins The Penelopiad in a compelling comparative presentation. 


Due to popular demand we have scheduled our much loved in-schools productions of Romeo & JulietMacbeth and Australian Poetry in Term 1 for a limited season. Get in early to book the session that suits your timetable and we’ll see you in 2019.


If you are attending the 2018 VATE State Conference at Deakin University, Burwood drop in to our workshop, 2.35 – 3.45pm on Friday 30th November. 

Tragedy – creating connections and building resilience

Exposing students to the not-so-happy endings of tragic drama is an opportunity for greater understanding of and acceptance of the broader world.

Complete Works Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Andrew Blackman with ensemble members present key scenes from Euripides’, The Women of Troy, to demonstrate how students can develop empathy and resilience by engaging with tragedy in performance. 

You emerge from tragedy equipped against lies…”Howard Barker

 

See you there,

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Andrew Blackman
Artistic Director

Welcome to Complete Works’ 2018 Season

A note from our Artistic Director

While working on our VCE comparative study a line from The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood had particular resonance for me, ‘Every once and a while the fog parts and we get a glimpse of the living. It’s like rubbing the glass on a dirty window making a space to look through.’  It stuck me that this is exactly what we are doing when we read a text, compare or contrast ideas and issues, or track the wars of the inner world by playing them out on stage.

Live theatre enables students to experience the physical embodiment of viewpoints and perspectives played out in a shared space. Our aim is for students see more than the reflection of our shared experience in the plays and programs on offer, but by turning mirrors into windows we encourage them extend their learning and let their imagination take flight.

Complete Works’ 2018 season establishes a theatrical pathway for the study of English syllabus texts through early secondary to the all-important VCE years.  For students struggling to make meaningful connections or teachers wanting to reinforce existing knowledge there is a program right for you.

We look forward to seeing you at school or in the theatre.

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Andrew Blackman
Artistic Director