2017 Senior School Production
In 2017, the Biennial School production was BEACH: A Theatrical Fantasia written in 2006 by Australian dramatist Timothy Daly.
In the play 140 characters trace 250 years of Australian history and set the whole of it on a beach. It has the largest cast of any Australian play ever produced.
The play examines the beach as a type of symbol for our national character.
“The beach interested me because I was a pale, skinny, freckly kid who observed the goings-on at the beach a bit like you would at a zoo. I took my pen in hand and watched sunbather’s interactions and eavesdropped…”Timothy Daly
The play also trawls Australia’s past for inspiration. It’s amazing how much of our history actually happened on a beach. One such event was the 1967 drowning of Prime Minister Harold Holt.
The play is part comedy, part realistic expose of our past. From colonisation to Gallipoli, beach cricket to shark attacks, Beach parades Australia’s colourful history onstage for two hours.
Swimwear is a big part of the show. We will parade bathing suits from the 1930s and 40s swimwear and lifesaver costumes, through to the modern. Then there’s sarongs, board shorts and 60s Hawaiian shirts! It’s an eclectic range of beach apparel.
The play was directed by the Drama Department consisting of Mrs Kelly, Ms Laing, Miss McGregor and Ms Perry. The music for Beach was directed by Mr Sam Blanch, Head of Music and Miss Kate Hamill. The songs selected supported and reflected the changing eras and circumstances of Australians at the seaside.