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Teaching Australian Gothic Theatre through Angela Betzien
Compiled by Bryce Berrell
(Status : Public)
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  • Teaching Australian Gothic Theatre

    This collection of resources was developed by Bryce Berrell, a University of Queensland education student who worked with AustLit in 2016.

    For teachers of Australian drama it provides illuminating ideas for engaging with Australian gothic theatre.

  • Resource Details

  • This collection of resources is focused on Australian Gothic theatre and the different ways it can be taught in Grade 7 to 12 Drama. They explore selected works by Australian playwight Angela Betzien and her involvement within the Australian Gothic landscape. The lesson plans and units of work, which can be implemented in classrooms, focus upon an array of concepts, ideas, themes, and values that were evident within Australian history.

    The plays selected for this resource include:

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    Three lost children stumble across an abandoned orphanage in the bush. they become trapped in a timeless world, haunted by spirits from the past. They are tormented, too, by the black skirt, a cruel governess who floats up and down the orphanage corridors wielding enormous scissors. But as the stories of these forgotten children are told - from pickpocketing incidents in the eighteenth century to the tragedies of the Stolen Generations in the twentieth - their spirits are released, one by one.

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    'The most popular girl at school has disappeared prompting a lockdown in the suburb of Pleasant Lakes. Fear and hysteria grips the community. But all is not what it seems as two girls form an unlikely connection and collude in the construction of a gigantic lie.

    Inspired by media reports involving the story of a girl who faked her own abduction, Girl Who Cried Wolf examines the cult of celebrity and the machinations of the school playground hierarchy. Set against the backdrop of a local shopping mall's Idol competition, an awkward 11 year old girl suffers the pain of growing up differently in a claustrophobic new housing estate in the outer suburban sprawl, anywhere and everywhere in contemporary Australia.

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    "Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? was commissioned by Graffiti Theatre Company, Ireland. It's quirky graphic novel style weaves stark urban reality with the mythic underworld. Against this grim backdrop the young hero, Frank Sparrow, must endure dangers and trials, overcome weakness, find love and face death.

    A uniquely modern legend, Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? reinvents the hero's journey for the 21st Century and propels its audience through the dangerous streets of Stab City and into the dark underworld of change and transformation.

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    The Dark Room Play Cover

    'A lonely motel somewhere in the Northern Territory. Deep into the night, six lost souls play out a small, distant tragedy of lovesickness and social breakdown – only it’s not the same night.

    'The Dark Room is Angela Betzien’s beautifully-formed thriller about the startling idea that, no matter how far apart we are in distance and time, we are all responsible for each other’s lives.

    'The Dark Room is a timely reflection on the conflict between what we ask of society and what it asks of us.

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