Nominated for a 2011 AWGIE Award
“Loved it! A wonderfully thought-provoking, funny, emotional and sensitive play. ‘Ithaca Road’ made me squirm, laugh, cry and little and rejoice.”
— Elizabeth, parent, Arcadia Valley State School
A poignant, comic play about young people in transition. When everything you know changes, will you stay the same?
Tilly and Ben are twins about to leave their remote property to go to boarding school in town. Tilly is eagerly anticipating a new life with new friends and possibilities, while Ben isn’t so sure … Together, they create an extraordinary imaginative world, where worst nightmares and greatest dreams are vividly enacted, and the ghosts of the past return to help shed light on the future.
A play about young people in transition – from primary to high school, from small community to big town, from home to boarding school – Ithaca Road unpacks fears of change and explores strategies for resilience.
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Written by Robert Kronk Co-devised with Howard Cassidy
Director: Howard Cassidy
Featuring: Kevin Spink and Liz Skitch
Design: Josh McIntosh
Sound design/composition: Ian O’Brien
Puppetry & animation: Dead Puppet Society
Premier season 7 October – 12 November 2010, Central Queensland tour, supported by Priority Country Areas Program (PCAP).
Ithaca Road is not currently available for tour.
Target audience: Upper primary and lower secondary school students (10–15 year olds).
Running time: 65 minutes
Number in touring party: 2 artists, 1 crew
Bump in: 80 minutes Bump out: 1 hour
Venue: Theatres, schools or community halls (indoor venue)
Critical issues: Production uses projection (does not require black out, but does require dark space).
Venue technical requirements: Stage size, 4 x 4 m. Dressing room preferable but rest rooms are adequate. Lighting flexible.
Marketing materials: High quality images available on request. Professionally shot DVD (full length + trailer + interviews). Script publication.
Workshop theme: Storytelling and devising performance
Minimum/maximum number of participants: 10–35
Workshop requirements: large clear space
Workshop duration: 60–90 minutes
Workshop cost: on application
Teaching resources available
Script (published by Playlab Press) and Performance DVD (with interviews and behind the scenes).