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Year 9 Drama Excursion – VIRAL

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Week 10,
Term Three, 2016

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A piece of thought provoking theatre has the Year 9 Drama students thinking about the power to implement change through performance.

As a part of the Year 9 Drama curriculum, we were required to attend a performance called Viral. This piece of Verbatim, Cinematic, Physical and Political Theatre explored what would happen to society or what society does to something ‘viral’ on the internet.

2016 - T3 - W10 - Drama

As we arrived at The Gold Coast Arts Centre we were lucky enough to have some scrumptious dinner, that was filled with chatter about our thoughts and expectations for the upcoming performance. As we entered the theatre we were given an ordinary scene of a midwife, husband and mother. Of course, the father (not having to do any of the hard work) sat comfortably in a chair on his phone. As the scene progressed we instantly were hit with our first message as the newborn child was holding a phone and taking selfies, after entering into the world (#movingout). As the performance continued there were various moments that made us laugh, cringe, appreciate and take selfies mid-performance with actors (something that is usually frowned upon at the theatre).

This performance is certainly one we will remember and its message ‘if you want to share something, think about it, before you press post’ is one that will stick with us for many years to come.

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