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This session is a must for all VCE students studying Hannie Rayson’s play Extinction.
Set on the south-west coast of Victoria, where the rainforest meets the ocean, Extinction is a passionate drama about four people who are brought together, when a man hits an endangered animal on the Great Ocean Road.
In the days that follow, these characters face questions of mortality – their own and other species. They confront the demands of family, their responsibilities to country and what happens when you find yourself sexually attracted to someone whose core values you don’t share.
No one in this play is wicked. No one is entirely virtuous. What unites them all is the one urgent question: In the age of global warming, how are we to live?
Hannie Rayson is an award-winning playwright and newspaper columnist, who is a gifted performer and communicator, much in demand for her talks to schools, libraries and community groups.
Hannie discusses why she wrote the play. How she researched it. And the key ethical issues and emotional drives which underpin the drama.
This is a great opportunity for students to meet one of Australia’s leading writers and to gain insight into how and why she creates her work.
The author will discuss the play, the historical context, the media frenzy and the function of political theatre. Can theatre effect social change? Should it try? Topics: The writing of a political thriller. What are the conventions. How does Two Brothers subvert the genre? What was the nature of the controversy with Two Brothers? Was […]
After 14 plays and 30 years in the theatre, Hannie has a raft of experiences, adventures, funny stories and insights to share. Topics: The idea The research The characters The plotting The rehearsal: Dealing with the director and the actors The opening night frock
This workshop examines techniques writers can use to create characters. Do you look at a character you’ve created and think, she’s really the same person as the protagonist in my last story? In fact she’s really my mother in another dress? Using a series of photographs of faces, we will explore ways of creating character. […]