Famed playwright guides students

HIGH school students in Tamworth have welcomed expert advice when it comes to their HSC drama monologues.

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School and Oxley High School drama students in years 11 and 12 enjoyed a workshop with playwright Vanessa Bates last week.

DRAMATIC CHARACTERS: Vanessa Bates with a group of Tamworth students dissecting characters and working on HSC monologues. 
Photo: Geoff O'Neill 060614GOH02

DRAMATIC CHARACTERS: Vanessa Bates with a group of Tamworth students dissecting characters and working on HSC monologues. Photo: Geoff O'Neill 060614GOH02

Ms Bates is the the writer of The Magic Hour, which  will be on stage tonight  at The Capitol Theatre starring Ursula Yovich.

The playwright will run another general workshop on theatre writing today and a chat with the audience after the performance.

Ms Bates said the students were working in their individual HSC performances which were monologues.

During the workshop, they studied characters and how they were written and spoke about how lighting and costume affected characters.

The Magic Hour is made up of monologues based on the ideas of fairy tales and people who don’t often get seen because they have slipped through the cracks.

“Ursula is portraying a whole group of women, each connected to a fairy tale,” Ms Bates said.

Ms Bates has just finished a play on Gallipoli for the Ensemble Theatre and has another opening at the end of the month called Every Second about infertility.

The Magic Hour is on tonight at 8 o’clock.

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