The Cardinal's Tea Set.
Devised and written by the drama students of Orana Steiner School. Courtyard Studio. Canberra Theatre Centre. Come Alive Festival of Museum Theatre. October 23 and 24 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. October 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Posted by Peter Wilkins
It is rare for performances by young people in schools, children's theatre companies or youth theatre companies to be reviewed. There are exceptions where, on occasion, a production may be featured on the Canberra Critics Circle BlogSpot. However, it is not customary.
I have posted here a comment made by an independent member of the audience after attending Tuesday night's performance of the Come Alive Festival, and commented on the production of The Cardinal's Tea Set by Orana Steiner School. Orana has presented theatre pieces at all eight Come Alive Festivals. Their work has been consistently applauded, and the comment I include here attests to that.
"I have to tell you that the Orana students’ 60 minute theatre piece last night as part of “Come Alive” is phenomenal. I understand it will appear twice more in the festival. I really recommend seeing it – it’s clever, thought-provoking, beautifully well-acted – it was hard to remember these were students! Inspired by the Foster tea set, the piece is a representation of the experience of British child migrants, contrasting the social rules of polite society against how so many of those kids were so abysmally treated. It covered history, politics, and religion. It made me laugh, cry, and at times feel deeply, superbly uncomfortable.
I would rate it as the best piece of short theatre I’ve ever seen. Well worth seeing."
ORANA STEINER SCHOOL WILL REPRISE "THE CARDINAL'S TEA SET" ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH. AT 11 A.M. AND 2 P.M. AT THE COURTYARD STUDIO. LAKE TUGGERANONG COLLEGE WILL PRESENT ITS SHORT WORK ABOUT WOMEN IN PRISON, "JAILBIRDS"
Bookings: Canberra Theatre 62752700
Tickets are $10 at the door.