The Storey Players is a not-for-profit theatre company whose principal mission is empowering disadvantaged kids through drama workshops and storytelling activities (sociodramatic play) to further their education, improve their well-being, strengthen their resilience and self-worth and increase their communication skills.
These traits and skills allow them to contribute to a positive social community for the future.
Much of the company's work is undertaken in remote Indigenous communities in outback Australia and might include adapting certain Dreaming Stories (with permission), working with kids to create theatre from their stories about community and integrating endangered Indigenous languages into the work.
Their unique drama and storytelling workshops have been developed and refined over many tours through the outback and working with remote communities who rarely receive such creative input.
This mission began with 'The Ghost of John King' a show developed on the unknown story of King, the only survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition. After they perished at Cooper Creek, King survived through the kindness of the Yandruwandha people who lived at the Creek.
This tour introduced Simon and Tina (Artistic and Creative Directors) to the Outback and the many wonderful, but often neglected, communities in this beautifully harsh environment. Both come from theatrical backgrounds and have an interest in storytelling, language and providing children with the self-confidence and resilience that drama workshops can provide. They have worked together making theatre and telling stories for over 20 years both in Europe and in Australia.
Vehicle maintenance kindly supplied by Uptech Offroad Centre, Monbulk Victoria
The Storey Players are an official Friend of UNESCO's International Year of Indigenous Languages
The Galvanised Trailer Company provides offroad trailers for our rough and tumble tours.
The Jolly Swagman has supported us with discount swags.