Thu 23rd May
Townsville Grammar School students have been immersed in the Australian coastline’s history through their love of performing arts. Their biennial production, Beach, by Timothy Daly, explores historical events that unfolded on our beaches over the past 150 years.
The play explores an array of characters including Anzac soldiers, refugees, surf lifesavers, divers, fishermen, a long distance swimmer and many more. As background students have been exploring archived photographic collections held in our National Libraries and Museums to gain an understanding of modern and historical issues - from our Australian Immigration Policy to the relationship between Bennelong and Captain Phillip, the disappearance of Harold Holt and both World Wars.
“Beach, which is currently on the National Drama syllabus, is a contemporary production, relevant to our students, staff and parents. It is a blend of fantasia and realism, a popular genre in Australia. This style of storytelling has been seen in films including The Dressmaker and Moulin Rouge.
“Beach celebrates the iconic, evocative, and often nostalgic place the coast holds in our collective heart.”
- Fiona Perry, Townsville Grammar School’s Director of Performing Arts.
Auditions for Beach commenced in 2016 and, since casting, students have devoted countless afternoons, evenings and weekends to their role. Their hard work is about to pay off as the countdown begins. Students bump in at the Civic Theater this Sunday, 21 May, and performances commence on Thursday, 25 May. Performances run through to Saturday 27 May, with both a matinee and evening performance on the final day. Tickets are available through the TicketShop at Townsville Civic Theatre or can be booked via the School’s website.