Into The Forest
In partnership with the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Lismore, NORPA’s creative team has developed an innovative new work, Into The Forest.Into The Forest explores the forest and bush as a natural environment, as important cultural heritage and as a real and mythical place of both sanctuary and danger. The work draws on classic and contemporary literature in which the forest is a central player. Through pre-show classroom engagement and performance of Into The Forest engage teachers and students with the Stage 5 and 6 English and Drama syllabus.
The Devil Dingo lives in the underworld – a forest with all the animals and plants that have ever existed. It’s almost Summer Solstice on earth and Dingo has slipped through a crack, and is roaming in the forest that borders Alice’s house.
When Alice and her support worker Kate venture into the forest for the night – the shape shifting Dingo is ready for them. By trickery and transformation, he manages to win Alice over, and lure her away from Kate. Under the watchful eye of the Dingo, Alice explores a blur of flora, fauna and gets lost in the rhythm of the forest.
When fire strikes Alice is sent underground only to find herself longing to return to her friend and family – but how will she get home?
Performer/Devisor Alice Misty Boscheinen
Writer/Performer/Devisor Kate McDowell
Director/Devisor Julian Louis
Assistant Director Kathy Cates
Sound Designer Alexandra Spence
Movement Consultant Kimberley McIntyre
Designer Charlotte Haywood
Assistant Designer Taya Solomon
Producer Frauke Huhn
Stage Manager Steve Shaw
This work has been supported by the Catholic Schools Office, Diocese of Lismore.
Images | Vanessa Kellas