Essence Exhibition – A collection of images by Jon Green
June 12, 2017
Black Swan Theatre Company – Switzerland Live Broadcast
July 13, 2017

“From Page to Stage”

 

The Lighthouse Girl with actor Daisy Coyle image credit Robert Frith

The Lighthouse Girl

A courageous story that inspired the roaming spectacular of The Giants.

Fay, a sweet young girl, lives an isolated life with her lighthouse keeper father on the bleak, windswept Breaksea Island in the Great Southern region of WA. With the outbreak of war in 1914, Fay finds purpose in transcribing Morse code messages from soldiers stationed offshore, becoming their last hope of getting messages to their loved ones before heading to the front line. On the other side of the country in rural Victoria, Charlie and his best mate Jim abandon the outback for the excitement and adventure of seeing the world. As soldiers in the Light Horse Brigade, they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline.

This gentle play entwines the lives of Fay and Charlie and brings to life the stories of those left at home during the war waiting, wondering, hoping… and the struggles of the young men who valiantly enlisted to help defend their country. Based on Albany author Dianne Wolfer’s wonderful novels Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy, this evocatively written play embodies a powerful and truthful sense of a pivotal time in Australia’s development as a nation.

Session 1 (9.00am – 10.40 am): Suitable for students in Years 9 & 10

9.00am – Official welcome by Principal of All Saints’ College, Ms Belinda Provis
9.05am – Clare Watson, Artistic Director for Black Swan State Theatre Company to speak on the importance of storytelling in theatre.
9.30am – Panel Discussion: facilitated by Stuart Halusz, Director of The Lighthouse Girl
Dianne Wolfer (Novelist) to speak about her novels
Hellie Turner (Playwright) to speak about adapting Dianne’s novels
Lawrie Cullen-Tait (Set Designer) to speak about taking inspiration from the written word
10.20am – Small excerpt from the play performed by Daisy Coyle and Benj D’Addario
10.25am – Q&A inviting questions from the students
10.40am – Presentation concludes
10.40am – Book sales and signing opportunity for Dianne Wolfer

Session 2 (11.20am – 1.00pm): Suitable for students in Years 7 & 8

11.20am – Welcome by Principal of All Saints’ College, Ms Belinda Provis
11.25am – Dianne Wolfer (Novelist) to talk in depth about the research that went into the story of the Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy
11.50am – Panel Discussion: facilitated by Stuart Halusz, Director of The Lighthouse Girl
Dianne Wolfer (Novelist) to speak about her novels
Hellie Turner (Playwright) to speak about adapting her novels
Lawrie Cullen-Tait (Set Designer) to speak about taking inspiration from the written word
12.40pm – Small excerpt from the play performed by Daisy Coyle and Benj D’Addario
12.45am – Q&A inviting questions from the students
1.00pm – Presentation concludes
1.00pm – Book sales and signing opportunity for Dianne Wolfer

 

Picture Books to Puppetry:  Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s The Arrival and Rules of Summer adapted from the award-winning books by Shaun Tan

Session 3 (1.40pm – 3.00pm): Suitable for students in Years 3-6

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is Australia’s flagship puppetry company, creating uniquely Australian puppetry works that aim to transform our view of the world and connect audiences across generations.

The company has collaborated with celebrated Western Australian artist and picture book writer/illustrator Shaun Tan for more than a decade, adapting three of his works for the stage: The Arrival (2006); Tales From Outer Suburbia (2013); and Rules of Summer (2017). 

Just as each of Shaun’s picture books are a unique creation, each adaptation that Spare Parts approaches aims to offer a unique exploration of the art form and offer the audience a new way of looking at the world.

In this panel discussion, members of the creative teams for The Arrival and Rules of Summer will talk about the adaptation process from the very beginning to the final work you see on stage. For every 50-minute show that Spare Parts creates, up to two years of work goes into making it.

The session will include demonstrations of puppets from Rules of Summer and a video message from Shaun Tan himself!

Panel Members:
Philip Mitchell                    Director, The Arrival and Rules of Summer
Michael Barlow:                 Adapting Writer & Animation Designer, The Arrival
Leon Hendroff:                   Designer, Rules of Summer