Extinction is a play about passions and ethics overshadowed by death. At the heart of the play is the conflict between maintaining and preserving our natural environment, and using that environment to develop industry, generate power, and become a more productive society.
Extinction is set at the Conservation Ecology Centre, Cape Otway – centre for Tiger Quoll research and breeding. The centre is based in the dense temperate rainforest that sweeps down to the blue wilderness of the Great Southern Ocean. The Tiger Quoll is the largest marsupial predator on the Australian mainland. Although previously populous in this area, Tiger Quolls have become increasingly rare and the populations in Victoria are now classified as endangered.
This is the story of four people brought together to achieve the impossible. It becomes far more than that when illness is exposed and death is not restricted to a rare marsupial. It poses the question: Does it matter that we are losing species - or is it just the cycle of life?
Selected performances are followed by a Q&A with the cast.
In partnership with Geelong Performing Arts Centre, a 90 minute post show workshop is offered to support the production. Students will explore the key themes, characters and issues that underpin and propel the play with playwright Hannie Rayson, the creative team and leading environmentalists.
Duration: 140 minutes, with interval. Q&A session 30 minutes
Suitability: Year 11 - 12
Ideas / Issues / Themes: Conservation, Ecology, Idealism vs Pragmatism, Mortality, Sustainability
VCE English /EAL Unit 3, AOS: 1 Reading and creating texts
VCE Drama Unit 1, AOS 4: Analysing drama performances presented by other practitioners
The Drum Theatre, Dandenong
Tuesday 20 February: 10.30am (Q&A)
Wednesday 21 February: 11.00am
Geelong Performing Arts Centre
Thursday 22 February: 12.00pm (Q&A)
Friday 23 February: 10.30am & Workshop*
Union House Theatre, University of Melbourne
Monday 26 February: 12.00pm (Q&A)
Tuesday 27 February: 11.00am & 7.30pm
Wednesday 28th February: 12.00pm (Q&A) & 7.30pm
Thursday 1 March: 11.00am & 7.30pm
Friday 2 March: 12.00pm (Q&A)
Schools - 1x complimentary teacher ticket per 25 students
Performance and workshop
*Workshop: Explore the key themes, characters and issues that underpin and propel the play with playwright Hannie Rayson and members of the creative team.
Duration: 90 minutes