OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES
Shakespeare and his great works are a means by which we can explore common aspirations and concerns. That’s why we work to ensure our programs engage people of all ages and reach all corners of the country, from inner city suburbs or in far-flung locations across Australia.
We invite schools and community groups to enjoy our in-theatre productions, giving them an opportunity they might not otherwise have had.
We travel to regional and remote areas, staging productions in town halls, school gymnasiums, community centres or fully operational theatres – wherever we’re wanted and needed – and deliver interactive drama-based activities and performances to communities.
Support from individual donors and trusts and foundations enables us to reach communities we might not otherwise be able to reach with our programs; from empowering young women in Western Sydney, to disenfranchised rural schools where many students have below average literacy levels to inspire passion into their studies, unpacking Shakepeare’s plays, demystifying the language, making them accessible and fun. Language is no boundary and we find particular joy working with Indigenous communities where the primary language isn’t English.
Since 2010 we have committed to working with young offenders in Juvenile Justice Centres, using Shakespeare’s plays as a vehicle to reflect on moral dilemmas that these young people often face. We have previously partnered with Juniperina in Lidcombe for girls, and Frank Baxter in Kariong for boys – spending six to eight weeks and using Romeo And Juliet and Macbeth to explore language, decision making and performance with the participants who must each self-nominate to be a participate in the workshops.
This article written by Joyce Morgan for The Australian, tells their story.