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Published on Aug 15, 2010
Western Edge Youth Arts' "The Tale Of Troy" at Tate Primary School in Geelong was a telling of Homer's Iliad by grade 5/6 young people exploring the sorrow of war. The performance featured an extraordinary wooden horse built by Stewart Guthrie and amazing authentic-looking helmets and shields made by designer Janet Miller. The production was extremely moving, blending strong characters with epic battle sequences told using choral speaking by a talented and enthusiastic cast working as an ensemble. Jane Rafe's creative writing program was integrated into the drama work leading to the production of a high quality booklet of young people's writing. This work was documented for Arts Victoria as part of their Extended School Residency program in the report Reaching Hearts, available to download from www.westernedge.org.au
Credits: Writter & Director: Dave Kelman and Jane Rafe Artistic Direction: Kris Juresko and Kylie Gral. Design: Janet Miller and Stewart Guthrie Filmmaker: Hoang Tran Nguyen