‘Lyre Bird’

I think it’s safe to say that 2020 has not gone as anyone had planned. In February, Dramawerkz students were busy creating and rehearsing ‘Lyre Bird’: a brand new show that was to premiere at Stratford Shakespeare on the River festival in April.
Then… well… I think we all remember April.
Nevertheless, we’ve continued our work on ‘Lyre Bird’ while we’ve been online. We’ve been working hard and so far, the results have been pretty awesome. We can’t wait to share this show with you. Here’s a sneak peak of our efforts: a video of our opening number.

Dramawerkz Semester 1 2020 Newsletter

Stills from student films, 2020

What a semester! The globe has been rocked by Covid-19, bushfires and worldwide protests and for the first time, these massive global events have really hit home, changing the way our small community interacts. Online classes and social distancing have been a challenge for all, but the way I have watched our students create, collaborate and share with each other throughout this time has inspired me both personally and professionally.

Drawing by student, Scarlett

Our Youtube Live premiere last night was a celebration of what really can be achieved when we hold strong to our values in the hard times, and as I’m sure you saw last night, their films were full of compassion and enthusiasm for art. I am so very proud to teach such wonderful students.

Thank you for all of your support this semester. We could not have achieved all that we have achieved without the Dramawerkz community.

See you all in Semester 2! Registrations are now open – and if you know of anyone who may be interested in joining Dramawerkz Youth Theatre, please feel free to pass on our contact.

Dramawerkz Short Films to Premier on YouTube!

Students exploring the many sets and scenes within their own homes in class on June 1.

This has been a big semester – both globally and in our classrooms – and in amongst all of the uncertainty, I have been consistently uplifted by the positive attitudes and artistic ability of Dramawerkz students. Term 2 has seen our students invest their time into the making of short films about anything their heart desires. They have worked incredibly hard, thought outside the box, and brought their all to the project – I am so very proud of them.

To celebrate such a brilliant effort, we will be premiering these films on YouTube at 6:30pm on June 20. You can tune in, watch and comment live as we screen each short film and congratulate every student on what they have made.

On Saturday June 20, you can watch the YouTube video – entitled ‘Dramawerkz Stories – Semester One 2020‘ – on our channel, linked here.

An Update…

So, a lot has changed in the past few weeks. Our camp to Shakespeare on the River Festival in Stratford- which we were set to sail on in April – has been postponed while we reconfigure our lives and our practise within this pandemic. Similarly, students’ exams with Trinity College (London) have also been postponed. We look forward to returning to these aspects of the curriculum later this year.

These times require us at Dramawerkz to think outside the box as educators and we plan to step up to the challenge. In term 2, we will be offering our classes online.  For our group class students, it will be a great chance to ground our practical work in theoretical principles, learn how to collaborate despite logistical challenges and continue to build the creative community we’ve established. Private lessons are also available over Zoom or Skype.

I hope we can use this challenge to show students that art can thrive within any circumstance and any parameters. In fact, new and interesting ideas might be right at our doorsteps!

We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring,
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.

– T.S Elliot

Take care,
The Dramawerkz Team.

Drama Camp Fundraiser: Update

We understand that, in times like these, not everyone is keen on leaving their homes for social/fundraising calls, which makes our trivia night a little harder. Our trivia event is still going ahead (and we are keep up to date with Health Department directives) but for those of you who can’t make it, here’s a way to support the cause without leaving the comfort of your home.

So here is our Pozible campaign; raising funds for our students’ camp in Stratford, Gippsland, in April. Spend $15 or more, and be guaranteed a ticket to our trivia event, this Saturday, if you’re able to attend. No matter how much you donate, whether it’s $1 or $1000, you are helping us deliver an accessible and incredible opportunity to our students. We could not be more grateful for your support.

P.S This money is destined for Stratford, Gippsland – where we’ll be performing our new show, ‘Lyre Bird, at the Shakespeare on the River Festival. It’s important we support Gippsland economies right now! This might just be a great way to do it!

Dramawerkz Goes to Stratford!

It’s official! Dramawerkz Youth Theatre will be returning to Stratford Shakespeare on the River Festival in 2020! We’re taking the town a brand new show: ‘Lyre Bird’, written and directed by Mia Boonen.

Students will be in Stratford, Gippsland for 3 days – and we need your support to make this adventure accessible for all of our students. We’ve organised a trivia night to fundraise for accomodation, travel and food and you can find out more details here.

You can also donate online at our Pozible Campaign!

See you on March 21st, 6:30pm at Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre for a fun night of trivia and raising funds!

Registrations open for Semester 1, 2020!

Registrations are now open for Dramawerkz Youth Theatre in 2020!

Perfect for ages 13-25, the DYT program trains students in performance skills as well as devising techniques and production management experience. Students are provided with many opportunities, including:

– Internationally recognised accreditation with Trinity College, London.

– A yearly drama camp

– Community events

– Public performances and more!

Call 0413414587 or email dramawerkztheatre@gmail.com for enquiries or to book in your FREE TRIAL LESSON today!