'Neighbourhood Watch Onstage'
Workshop Trainer: Anne Wilson
Duration: 5 hours
Location: Your school venue
Up to 25 participants per session
Share in the discoveries made during the play's 2015 season at Bondi Pavilion.
This course includes a free viewing of the archival footage from the 2015 production and a detailed student handout including all workshop activities and supplementary information.
In the session, students will be involved in viewing archival footage followed by discussion and practical exploration through improvisation and scene work exercises. Students will gain a deeper dramaturgical understanding of the relationships within the text, examining the psychology and objectives the characters. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on a range of directorial approaches available to them in their own theatre making as well as those made by Susanna Dowling in the 2015 production. The style, structure and conventions of the play will be addressed within the theoretical framework of the HSC Essay.
Anne Wilson has taught the HSC syllabus for over a decade and has worked in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, corporate and community groups. Anne specialises in improvisation, trained by Impro Australia as both a teacher and performer. Anne is a producer and performer for Illuminate Educate. She performed the role of ‘Catherine’ under the direction of Susanna Dowling in the 2015 production at Bondi Pavilion Theatre and the 2017 remount at Monkey Baa Theatre.
“Students loved it and all commented that they felt much more confident tackling the play in their essay writing after seeing a full production of it and doing the practical activities. Really valuable.”
Rebecca Stock, Doonside Technology High School
“The film viewing and workshop was a valuable experience for our students. Moments were explored and related to the elements of drama and HSC essay requirements. Anne's warmth and knowledge of the play made students feel very comfortable as they gained self-confidence.”
Ruth Newell, Toongabbie Christian School
“After the workshop our students felt more in touch with the text. The activities were well structured; with solid notes they could refer to in their essay responses.”
Henrietta Stathopoulos, St Andrews College
"Anne was a wonderful presenter and the students were inspired and engaged throughout the entire day. The practical workshops were very well structured and involved excellent activities to extend student knowledge and understanding."
Michelle Wilson, Arndell Anglican College