Group 72 'Chalk About' Melbourne

Group 72 'Chalk About' Melbourne

Posted 10-Jun-2015

On Wednesday, 3rd June, Group 72 spent a day in Melbourne as part of Drama.  The students all agreed that they would not have improved the day at all – it was great!  Thank you to  Hannah, from the Victorian Arts Centre, for organising the money for the trip so we may attend for free – show and transport included.  Many of the places we attended were free and people can go to them nearly all year round.
 
From the train station we took a tram to Swanton Street, we mustered along the ‘Swanston’ to see our lunch site and St. Paul’s Cathedral (a favourite for some). Then we proceeded along St Kilda Road to the Art Gallery’s water wall and College of the Arts. We toured the memorabilia under the Arts Centre spire before we descended to the third level of the Arts Centre into the Rehearsal Room for “Chalk About”.
 
The show used chalk drawings on the stage to help tell stories plus the use of recorded interviews, show music/noise, white material cut outs and balloons.  We learned the performers were from Scotland and Belgium who had trained in dance and acting.  They told the stories of their lives, and included snippets of the students’ lives that they had interviews.
Chloe and Tim ended up on stage and in the Q & A after, our students asked some involved questions. The show posed questions about what are the most important aspects of life. 
 
After some rapturous applause and thanks to the performers we ascended the stairs to go to ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Federation Square. Several students also put ACMI on their ‘faves’ list. We saw the car from the movie Mad Max, costumes from Moulin Rouge.  We experienced how strobe lights trick your brain, the ‘dark room’, the list goes on…….
 
We stopped for lunch, then looked at Hosier Lane’s street art, before walking back through Federation Square to the Ian Potter Art Gallery to see works by Australian artists, architects, and VCE  art and deign students work.  We perused the Southern Cross shops before making our way home.
 
Their next excursion will be hopefully to local primary schools with their own shows. I would like to thank the parents for their help in transporting their students on a cold day to/from South Geelong railway station. But massive thanks to Mrs Swan for her assistance on the day, Ebony and Pauline for their HUGE help in organising the day and to the students - nearly all behaved really well – it makes the day so worthwhile.
 
Paul Kellett
Drama teacher