Zeal Theatre Australia

Productions : 2017 Program



Shows:  LUCKY COUNTRY


Lucky Country

"Our school has been in the news a lot lately."


When a young Syrian refugee arrives at Cook Vale High School, he is given the name 'Lucky' by the open-hearted and welcoming principal. Two jokers in Lucky's class are not so open-hearted and plot a 'special welcome' for the newcomer which triggers a chain of events that engulfs the seemingly harmonious community. This sharp and satirical tragi-comedy examines current issues of racism, multi-culturalism, the role media plays in sharping public opinion, and what it is to be a 'real Australian'.

written & performed by
Tom Lycos & Stefo Nantsou

  • SUITABILITY:  12+
  • LENGTH:  65 mins
  • STAGING:  Thrust or Pros Arch
  • COST:  $6 p/s or $720 +gst

Shows:  BURNT


BURNT

"Dad said 'promise me you'll never sell the farm' ... I promised"


Commissioned by Sydney Theatre Company artistic directors Cate Blanchett & Andrew Upton in 2009, this full length play tells the story of a farming family struggling to keep their farm during a prolonged drought. Seen through the eyes of a pair of Year 10 twins coping with upheaval and their parents struggling with depression, this award-winning production celebrates the resilience of regional communities. The Zeal cast play an entire town of characters in a tour de force of multi-character acting.

  • SUITABILITY:  14+
  • LENGTH:  90 mins
  • STAGING:  Thrust or Pros Arch
  • Cost:  $8 p/s or $880 +gst


Show:  KING-HIT


KING-HIT

"I think you guys really hit the nail on the head about my generation because parties and fights are something we can all relate to."
-Year 9 student

It's Tula's birthday party and the theme is a Blues Brothers Pizza Night. Heaps of people arrive, the music is pumping and everyone is having a great time. When Tula's parents leave the party, two boys begin a feud and what starts as a bit of fun quickly escalates into an alcohol-fuelled war reaching a shocking climax. Written and performed by Stefo Nantsou and Tom Lycos, this play blends heightened naturalism,expressionism and verbatim theatre. KING-KIT is a powerful play about the one punch phenomena and offers an alternative to potentially fatal decisions and abusive behaviour.

  • SUITABILITY:  14+
  • LENGTH:  55 mins
  • STAGING:  Thrust or Pros Arch
  • COST:  $6 p/s or $720 +gst


Shows:  THE STONES


THE STONES

"...go on... see if you can!"


Two boys are charged with manslaughter after killing a motorist by kicking rocks from a freeway overpass. Are they responsible for their actions? Premiering in 1996, with 1300+ performances worldwide and translated in over 30 countries, this classic play about youth crime and punishment continues to engage, enthral and excite!

  • SUITABILITY:  11+
  • LENGTH:  65 mins
  • STAGING:  Thrust of Pros Arch
  • COST:  $6 p/s or $720 +gst


NEW PROJECT



ROLE MODEL
by Kyle Shilling, Tom Lycos & Stefo Nantsou

NAISDA graduate actor/dancer Kyle Shilling joins the Zeal team in a new play about a young man in search of his father. This indigenous arts project combines a production and workshop program tailored for full day or longer term residencies. PREMIERING IN 2017!!!!

WORKSHOPS & RESIDENCIES

Zeal workshops are fun and 'on the floor'. Students explore acting techniques, physical theatre, group devising and play building. Workshops can be tailored for a specific area of study. Zeal has been involved in numerous residence projects leading to a public season of a play created and performed by the student workshop participants.

  • WORKSHOP COSTS:  90 mins - $400  1/2 day - $900 full day - $1300
  • WORKSHOP NUMBERS:  maximum 50 students
  • RESIDENCY COSTS:  Negotiable


A DAY WITH ZEAL

Starting with a performance of a Zeal play + Q & A until recess, followed by a workshop program of a teacher's choosing; either for the same group for the rest of the day or a range of groups covering an entire year level or drama cohort. The Day can focus on Year 12 course requirements or a variety or workshops to a mix of year levels.

  • LENGTH:  Full school day
  • PERFORMANCE NUMBERS:  Unlimited
  • WORKSHOP NUMBERS:  Max 35 students
  • COST:  $1800 +gst