Students learn stagecraft

THE Mount Druitt population isn't renowned as the theatre-going crowd.

Chifley College Mount Druitt students are changing that perception.

Playwrighting Australia has been running workshops with 23 year 9 students this term.

Actors were at the school on Friday to perform scripts written by the students, who had to apply to join the workshops.

Scripts were based on situations such as relationships with parents and teenagers facing adversity.

"It has opened up the world of theatre to the students," head English teacher Zoe Van Stolk said. "It has honed their creative writing talents and prepared for them for the HSC.

"They're now confident to present to an audience, think on the feet quickly and have a grasp of the writing process, where they can polish a piece of creative writing."

Students recently attended a production at Riverside Theatre in Parramatta, where they got back stage and met the director. The visit was funded by Playwrighting Australia.

"Students got to learn about the physical elements of theatre such as lighting and staging," Mrs Van Stolk said.

"The theatre is something very hard to access for some students as it can be expensive. But it's become something that the students have valued and appreciated."

The Playwrighting Australia partnership with Chifley College Mount Druitt is expected to continue next year.

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