These are just two examples of our ongoing community projects:
Lessons in feminism from the bard
We are proud that the Weir Anderson Foundation joined us in 2016 in our mission to make the work of Shakespeare accessible to even more young Australians. With their support we delivered our Artist In Residence program into three Western Sydney girls schools in Birrong, Blacktown and Auburn, with the aim ofbuilding self-esteem in young women while improving literacy and appreciation for the work of Shakespeare.
Over a period of 10 weeks, five of our Arts Educators delivered classes that focused on exploring Shakespeare’s strong female characters while analysing their correlation to the lives of young women today. The results were transformative:
“It’s interesting having a group of young women by themselves. I found it gave them a space to talk about what it was to be a young woman. Which then took us to talking about Shakespeare’s women, and this man who so many years ago wrote incredibly powerful women, cared enough about women, was interested in women” – Mel Dodge, Arts Educator
This incredible program was featured as a cover story in Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Magazine
Click here to read the article.
Kings of Baxter
Since 2010, with the support of the Bill & Patricia Ritchie Foundation, we have run an annual series of workshops at two NSW Juvenile Justice Centres, aimed at helping young detainees build self-confidence and find their voice. Over the past five years more than 70 young men and women aged 13–21 have completed the workshop program.
In 2015, production company Grumpy Sailor documented our educators and 15 young men at Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre as they rehearsed and workshopped Macbeth, culminating in a performance of an abridged version of the play for their fellow detainees, friends and family. Click below to view the trailer: