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.
I am pleased to welcome the enormously talented and experienced Nadia Tass to direct our new production, Extinction by Hannie Rayson, presented in collaboration with Geelong Performing Arts Centre. Can the interests of big business co-exist with environmental sustainability and does it matter? The timely focus of this Unit 3 text is offered in alongside workshop forums with the author and a leading environmentalist at selected performances.
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.