The Scene Project | Bringing Acting to Schools | Queensland Theatre

The Scene Project is Queensland Theatre’s largest Education offering, encouraging drama students throughout the state to engage in the creative process of performance, from rehearsal through to presentation. Each year a playwright pens a new work and the participating drama groups are tasked with the challenge of creating their own unique 15 minute version of the play. During the rehearsal phase, Queensland Theatre artists visit the participating schools to facilitate workshops. The Scene Project is about collaboration, acknowledging students and teachers as artists, building confidence and encouraging live performance in a professional space and manner. It is also an excellent way of participating in professional development and enhancing existing curriculum in schools.

The project concludes with local schools coming together in a professional theatre venue to share their performance. On this day, a cast of professional Queensland Theatre actors also present a full interpretation of the play (under the same ‘minimalist’ parameters that schools have), providing young artists and their teachers with new ways of making and shaping texts that can be taken into their classrooms. The final stage of the project is a learning forum which allows for students to acknowledge the skill and artistry of their peers as well as engage in robust discussions around process and performance building.


The Wisdom Elixir by David Burton

A dark comedy about youth and revolution.

The near future, and we’ve cracked staying youthful. Thanks to a series of hormone injections, no one physically ages past their fifteen year old self. The mind and soul keep going, but our bodies are in stasis. Aging is ugly. Death is culturally shunned. We don’t like to examine our own frailty.

Thom is about to turn sixteen…and she’s skipped the hormones her entire life. Her parents protected her against all odds. In the opening moments of our play, her parents are assassinated for their crime, and Thom is forced into hiding. Furious at the state for making her an orphan, she takes to social media to vent her fury. She becomes a viral hero, and before she knows it, she’s the captain of a movement.

This is a piece about who has the right to a political voice. What happens when age no long automatically equals authority? Can teenagers really make a difference when the world is set against them?


Queensland Theatre will be delivering The Scene Project across 11 locations in 2020.

Script Delivery: Term 1, March 2020
Teacher Professional Developments: Term 1, March 2020
Artists in Residence Workshops: Term 2
Outcome Days (9:00am-3:00pm): Term 3

• Gladstone (20 July), Rockhampton (21-22 July) and Bundaberg (23-24 July)
• Townsville (27-28 July), Charters Towers (29 July) and Ayr (30 July)
• Brisbane (4-7 August)
• Mt Isa (10 August), Brisbane (11 August), Redland Bay (12 August) and Toowoomba (13-14 August)
• Gympie (17 August) and Brisbane (18-21 August)

BRISBANE is now waitlist only

Register your school’s involvement in 2020

Cost per school group: $950*

*a subsidised rate is applicable for regional schools. Contact Queensland Theatre for more details.

For more information about The Scene Project, please contact:
Emma Funnell, Education Coordinator | Ph: (07) 3010 7623 |

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