On the 19th of May, the Storey Players came to Menindee Civic Hall and performed to Menindee Central school students from kindergarten to year 8. The story applied to the wide age range of students and was highly applicable as it was set partly in the student’s home town.
The students were highly engaged with the interactive side of the performance and loved to have their say when they were asked. The younger students were particularly fond of the horse and excited to tell other staff members about being able to feed him sugar. All the students learnt a great deal about the history of Burke and Wills, and the older students in particular were very surprised by the bad luck the explorers encountered.
This performance led to several classes completing lessons around the subject of Burke and Wills. The most notable class was 4/5/6 creation of Burke and Wills inspired board games. Here students were able to apply their newly found knowledge of the trip to create engaging questions and design adventurous board games.
The students enjoyed the drama workshop afterwards and were more than happy to participate in the activities. Catching the invisible ball, creating the human machines and training the dolphin were a few of the exciting activities the students now request to play in class.
Overall, both the students and staff enjoyed the performance. It was thoroughly engaging as was the workshop. I would recommend this performance to all schools, even those not on the Burke and Wills track. We really appreciate opportunities like this as they are rare to our remote community, and cannot thank you enough for coming to visit, entertain and educate us.