Internationally-renowned touring company Zeal Theatre visited the College’s year 7-10 RIA students this week, performing and engaging in a workshop as part of an incursion.

Dance and Drama teacher Natalie Torcaso and the students watched as Zeal performed one of its trademark works.

“Zeal Theatre performed a play entitled ‘Lucky Country’ which based on multi-cultural Australia and current global debates on the refugee crisis and the role the media plays in shaping public opinion,” Torcaso said.

“Lucky Country is performed in the trademark Zeal style of physical theatre, multi-character acting and a blend of outrageous comedy and thought-provoking drama.

“Although the subject matter is quite serious, the tone of the production was a blend of Brechtian narrative, absurdist farce and Commedia dell Arte.”

Torcaso believes the incursion was a resounding success in developing the students’ skills.

“After the performance the actors/creators of the show ran a three-hour-long workshop which concentrated on further developing the students non-naturalistic skills such as transformation of character, time and place,” she said.

“The incursion was a huge success.”

Zeal Theatre was founded in 1989 and has created over 45 original productions, with its plays performed in over  30 countries worldwide, including throughout Australia, Europe, North America, Asia, New Zealand and South Africa.