A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school on Kaurna Country, Adelaide, South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Head of Drama - Edition 12 - 2020

The SACE Stage 2 Year 12 Drama students are drawing close to their production of the powerful drama, Four Pay Days…

Capably supported by the SACE Stage 1 Year 11 Drama class and select Year 10 Drama students, the Year 12s are looking forward to performing a show that, as well as being one of a very high standard, is effectively their practical exam.

Due to COVID restrictions, both along the way and ongoing, Four Pay Days…has presented some unusual challenges for all of us. However, the students have shown themselves to be determined and resilient in their preparations.

The casts resolve to do this challenging play justice was cemented by a visit on Saturday by the CEO of SYC, Paul Edginton. Paul frequently mentors business leaders and is regularly sought after by government executives for his insights, strategic viewpoints and visionary perspectives. The cast was given a very informative insight into the myths surrounding stereotypes of people without homes and Paul was very generous with his time and responses to the students’ questions about a range of preconceptions around this pressing issue. The work in rehearsals after the visit certainly reflected the students’ deeper understanding of the complexities of the problems confronting people who find themselves, for any number of reasons, in this situation. I strongly encourage you to reserve seats for the show as, due to COVID restrictions, we have limited capacity in the auditorium. For similar reasons we are unable to offer refreshments during interval, so I would encourage patrons of the show to bring their own - only to be consumed during the interval of course!

We are also approaching that time of year when Year 8 to 10 Production auditions will commence! Watch this space and other forums for further information. The “JP” is scheduled to be staged in November!

Four Pay Days…
A play about homelessness

“It doesn’t take much to go from “surviving” to living in poverty.” - Anglicare, SA.

Four Pay Days… is a drama with some comedic moments that explores what it is to be homeless in this land of plenty.

In our home town, Adelaide, an estimated 6,000 people each night are homeless, with up to 30% thought to be under eighteen. Among the homeless, there are unemployed professionals, university graduates, and young people experiencing family issues - there is no single stereotype to fit all. They are not all homeless for the same reasons. They do not all fit a stereotype. Many people are four pays days away from the conditions which might render them homeless

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Year 11 12 Play 2020 Poster

John Doherty
Head of Drama