After a performance by Poetry In Action, our students realise that what their teachers have been saying is true: language can be vibrant, dynamic and life changing. As an adjunct to teaching students these truths, PIA’s performances are only just short of epiphany.
- Paul Zebrowski, The Lakes South Morang P-9 School
We’re very grateful! Both staff
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They were cleverly put together and very engaging.
- Jenny Hayton, Newlands college, Wellington, NZ
It was so entertaining, engaging and relevant! The kids loved it; and when I see teachers taking down so many notes, you can tell they are going to motivate their class to excellence.
- Alexander Listo, St Pius x College, NSW
2019 TOURING SHOWS
Rhyme and Punishment
What happens when Calliope, an ancient Greek muse responsible for inspiring some of the greatest minds in history, develops an unhealthy addition to her smartphone? Nothing good!
Who will inspire the artists of the world now? Can Calliope get her mojo back? Join Calliope on a rollicking and energetic journey that will have young students giggling at an array of famous and comedic works, at the same time as being introduced to basic poetic concepts.
A thoroughly a-muse-ing comedy, Rhyme and Punishment was penned by up and coming playwright Sam O’Sullivan and features works from a range of poets including: Kate Tempest, Dr Seuss, Banjo Paterson, Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats.
We need new, creative solutions to these complex problems. The old ways of thinking aren’t working anymore.
THE POWER OF POETRY
Years 8 - 9
An irreverent and wildly entertaining production, The Power Of Poetry introduces students to poetry that contains large ideas and plenty of heart.
Students will follow a fractured attempt by the PIA troupe to present a show even though their star actor is missing in action! Will they still be able to communicate what it is that makes poetry powerful when one of the troupe members is a ring-in, who knows absolutely nothing about poetry?
Who is secretly in love with one of the PIA team?
And will they still be able to express how poetry can perfectly capture a moment, transform an opinion and bring about change? You’ll have to wait and see…! (Of course they can). Be ready to be thoroughly entertained and inspired…. and there might be a kiss at the end!
Featuring works by Basho, Maya Angelou, Malcolm London, QH Auden, Peter Garrett, Khalil Gibran, Kathy Jetnil-Kijinerarnd, and William Wordsworth.
Make the personal universal
WORDS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Years 9 - 10
Step up to the mic with some of the world’s greatest speakers, shake off history’s dust and discover how the power of words can change the world!
This dynamic and interactive performance draws upon an extraordinary heritage of poetry and literature, political speeches, theatre and cinema to showcase some of the greatest speeches from around the world. Students will discover how, using the tools of rhetoric under the right circumstances, these famous words have inspired and moved humankind to compassion, anger, acts of bravery, and even revolution; in doing so irrevocably shaping the course of history.
Penned by award-winning playwright Caleb Lewis, this production draws on a range of works by famous historical characters such as Kate Tempest, Paul Keating, Winston Churchill and Warsan Shire.
The right words at the right time can change the world. But only if we’re listening.
WORDS OF WAR
Years 10 - 12
Reverberating with passion, humour and heartbreak, this is a performance that only seems to grow in its relevance with each year that goes by. Returning once again in 2019, Words Of War showcases the world, life and works of acclaimed WWII poet Wilfred Owen.
In our explorations of Owen’s works and the influences that led him to become one of the most striking and brilliant voices of his era, students are taken on a transformative journey through the horror, heroism and hopelessness of conflict; and will emerge with heightened understandings of people’s attitudes towards war, and how Owen’s works can help us better comprehend war today.
Poems include: Spring Offensive, Dulce et Decorum Est, Parable of the Old Man and the Young, Mental Cases, Disabled, Anthem for Doomed Youth, and Futility.
I’m not concerned with poetry. My subject is war and the pity of war. The poetry is in the pity.