Small Poppies: A Map of Ourselves



A Knox Academy of Performing Arts co-production with Abbotlseigh will be the first, exciting, dramatic venture to take place in the newly opened Great Hall.

Interestingly, as part of the exploration of the Great Hall as a space, the audience will be seated on the stage area and the performance is set on the floor.

“Small Poppies”, a Theatre in Education piece, is set around the lives of children at a typical Australian Primary School and explores the innocence and natural wisdom of children while showing the emotional complexity of these smaller people – a mini map of ourselves. Also dramatised is the positive side of a multicultural society which shows how, with a little tolerance and understanding, we can all get along.

The play raises issues relevant to young boys and girls and can be used by tutors and mentors and the Chaplaincy to explore issues with students.

Director and Choreographer Michael Griffiths has cast 53 Year 8 boys and 60 Year 8 girls for the first Drama production in the Great Hall. In keeping with the exploration of issues of cooperation and relationships, mentoring the youngsters, and helping with crowd control in a pastoral care exercise, are 8 Years 10 and 11 boys.

The play was first directed by Geoffrey Rush. Neil Armfield directed it at Belvoir St with a cast of adults. Michael Griffith’s concept has expanded the show into a celebration of music and dance from a variety of periods and styles, while remaining faithful to the play’s emotional core.

Kerry Woods is assisting as is a Tech Crew of 6 boys.

“Small Poppies” plays the Great Hall Friday, 9 September at 7.30pm, Saturday, 10 September at 7.30pm and closes with a 5.00pm performance on Sunday 11 September.

All tickets are $20.

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