Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project goes digital

Each year, schools across Queensland participate in Queensland Theatre’s The Scene Project, a highly interactive drama program for schools, which encourages students to explore and engage in the creative process of performance from rehearsal through to presentation.

Over the course of two terms, students work with a newly commissioned script to develop their own unique 15-minute version of the play, and artists from Queensland Theatre visit the participating schools to facilitate workshops. On Outcome Day, students from different schools come together to perform their works in a professional theatre and watch a full interpretation of the play by Queensland Theatre actors. They also take part in a learning forum where robust discussion and peer sharing is encouraged.

Six individuals seated around a table during development of educational resources.

Creative development of Wisdom script in February 2020. Credit: Cinnamon Smith.

Professional development with The Scene Project’s Townsville teachers and young artists from TheatreiNQ. Credit: Emma Funnell.

When schools suddenly closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Queensland Theatre’s Education and Youth team wasted no time in coming to grips with the ‘new normal’. They moved quickly to transform Term 2 activities, adapting the visiting artist workshops to a weekly digital lesson format. The team worked tirelessly to ensure Term 2 activities could begin on time and supported 88 schools in the transition to online delivery.

The digital version of QT’s Scene Project has already received a very positive response from teachers and students alike – you can read some of the wonderful feedback below. The playwright David Burton, whose play Wisdom forms the basis for students’ work this year, has also responded enthusiastically to the change.

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation congratulates Queensland Theatre on its commitment to finding new ways to deliver quality learning experiences for students in regional, rural and remote Queensland during this period of change and uncertainty.

QT’s Travis Dowling and Teaching Artist Ellen Bailey filming Week 6 resources. Credit: Laurel Collins.

“At this time, providing arts opportunities is a very important outlet for our students. I appreciate how much work this is going to take. Thanks to the team involved.” – Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba

“I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU! for the amazing resources you are sending through. My students and I are finding them thought provoking, engaging and extremely helpful.” – All Souls St Gabriel’s, Charters Towers

“Thank you so much for your continued support with online delivery and resources – I really appreciate it and am looking forward to my students still experiencing the magic of the Scene Project!” – Gin Gin SHS, Gin Gin

“It’s a stressful time for everyone and I’m just overwhelmed with appreciation for Queensland Theatre’s support – you guys are honestly superheroes.” – Toogoolawah SHS, Toogoolawah