The Unknown Soldier

Who is he, what is he and what does he represent to Australians today?

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

YEARS 5-8 – TERM 2 – JUNE

In 2015 Monkey Baa Theatre Company is presenting a play and workshop series exploring the themes around The Unknown Soldier.

Who is he, what is he and what does he represent to Australians today?

Set on the battlefields of WW1 and in 21st century Australia, The Unknown Soldier follows the dual journeys of a 16 year-old soldier fighting for King and Country, and a modern-day 11 year-old boy who questions how anyone can simply just disappear.

As with many of Monkey Baa’s works for upper primary and lower high school, the concept of the past, present and future colliding has emerged, allowing this contemporary character to ask questions that can be answered in the actions of the world of the past.

Question & Answer sessions with the cast and available crew follow each performance.

Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

“… a beautifully executed sharing of war and family experiences… a worthwhile anniversary addition to the theatrical canon in this topic area.”- Sydney Arts Guide

“Aimed at young people aged 10+, it’s a moving two-hander, examining dark themes including the horror of war and the devastating impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder without shying away from their seriousness but handling them with a light touch.” – Jo Litson

“… takes you on an intense and emotional journey.”- Weekend Notes

” a powerfully moving work that helps modern audiences make sense of war, old and new.”-  Broadway World

SCHOOLS

TICKETS $18 STUDENT / 1 TEACHER FREE PER 10 STUDENT TICKETS PURCHASED

GENERAL PUBLIC

Standard $18

Family $64 (four people, at least one adult)

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  • Thursday, Jun 11 2015 10:30am (schools)

THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

YEARS 5-8 – TERM 2 – JUNE

In 2015 Monkey Baa Theatre Company is presenting a play and workshop series exploring the themes around The Unknown Soldier.

Who is he, what is he and what does he represent to Australians today?

Set on the battlefields of WW1 and in 21st century Australia, The Unknown Soldier follows the dual journeys of a 16 year-old soldier fighting for King and Country, and a modern-day 11 year-old boy who questions how anyone can simply just disappear.

As with many of Monkey Baa’s works for upper primary and lower high school, the concept of the past, present and future colliding has emerged, allowing this contemporary character to ask questions that can be answered in the actions of the world of the past.

Question & Answer sessions with the cast and available crew follow each performance.

Duration: 60 minutes, no interval

“… a beautifully executed sharing of war and family experiences… a worthwhile anniversary addition to the theatrical canon in this topic area.”- Sydney Arts Guide

“Aimed at young people aged 10+, it’s a moving two-hander, examining dark themes including the horror of war and the devastating impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder without shying away from their seriousness but handling them with a light touch.” – Jo Litson

“… takes you on an intense and emotional journey.”- Weekend Notes

” a powerfully moving work that helps modern audiences make sense of war, old and new.”-  Broadway World

SCHOOLS

TICKETS $18 STUDENT / 1 TEACHER FREE PER 10 STUDENT TICKETS PURCHASED

GENERAL PUBLIC

Standard $18

Family $64 (four people, at least one adult)

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From the Schools Coordinator: In recognition of the 100 year anniversary of Australia’s involvement in WWI the team at Monkey Baa have put together this powerful and moving performance based on first-hand historical accounts. The show is a great way for students to access a complex period of world history as past and present are brought into stark contrast in this new very personal WWI story viewed through the lens of a young contemporary Australian. Monkey Baa has also formulated a free learning package containing pre-and-post-show activities for your classroom and ideas for study visits. Not only that, there’s a Q&A after every show! Essential viewing for students studying modern Australian history.

Monkey Baa’s offer to you: The Unknown Soldier Guided Educational Learning Package for free!

Specially developed by Monkey Baa’s Education Consultant, Dr Rachel Perry, the package includes pre- and post-show activities for school students and teachers. These will include study visits to the local cenotaph, where students can choose a name from the cenotaph to conduct a further ‘hero’ study. Students will be able to discover and track a soldier’s life; an ancestor, family member, or a local hero. Students will learn how to access the War Memorial’s online databases to investigate the war service of these people.

Monkey Baa’s creative team will engage RSLs, veterans and War Memorial organisations within local communities, and we are currently investigating the possibility of engaging recently returned service men and women to talk to the school students about their experience of war.

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