La Boite’s new online student workshop, Transforming Classic Texts, is linked to UNIT FOUR (QCAA Senior Syllabus) and focuses on transforming classic texts for 21st Century audiences.
This workshop will be presented by Claire Christian (Playwright, Lysa & The Freeborn Dames), where she will draw from the conventions of Greek, Elizabethan and Contemporary Performance. Grade Twelve students will be guided through their ‘Directorial Vision’ task, whereas Grade Eleven students will gain knowledge and skills for their 2021 assessment.
This resource is designed to be streamed at school for your entire class, or by students individually at home.
The online workshop includes the following content:
- Context and Purpose of Classic Texts versus Contemporary Transformations.
- Style and Form: Elizabethan, Greek and Contemporary (we recommend that your students have covered the basic conventions first, so they can apply them more effectively in the workshop).
- Honouring, Parodying and Enacting (Hypertextuality, Intertextuality and Fragmentation).
- Case Study: Lysa and The Freeborn Dames by Claire Christian as an example of Hypertextuality. Claire uses an excerpt of the work to step through examples of how the classic text Lysistrata was transformed by her for a contemporary context.
- Directorial Vision: Claire steps through the process of creating a directorial vision, from unpacking the original work, discovering what the new context and purpose will be, and how to select what conventions/techniques to use.