MOVING PERFORMANCE: Rockhampton State High School students Colby Ryan, Casey Evans and Harry Doherty participated in workshops on the Black Diggers simulcast.
MOVING PERFORMANCE: Rockhampton State High School students Colby Ryan, Casey Evans and Harry Doherty participated in workshops on the Black Diggers simulcast. Allan Reinikka Rokablackdi

Black Diggers play inspires drama students

FOR these three Rockhampton State High School students, watching Black Diggers not only educated them on Australian history, but also helped them become better at drama.

But to give them even more of an authentic experience, staff from the Queensland Theatre Company paid the school a visit on Tuesday to hold a workshop which discussed what Black Diggers was all about.

The moving and emotional play Black Diggers is the culmination of painstaking research into the lives and deaths of the thousand or so Indigenous soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth in World War One.

QTC's Producer of Education and Youth Programs Heidi Irvine and Resident Director Jason Klarwein spoke to students about the film as well teaching them acting skills.

The workshop is one of many in a number of schools across the State in the coming weeks.

Year 11 student Casey Evans said she took a lot away from watching the play at the Pilbeam Theatre recently, which was a live simulcast broadcast from Brisbane.

"It was great to see the transitions they used in the play, there were lots of things we learned as drama students," she said.

Colby Ryan said it was a very moving performance which shared a lot about our culture. "It was an interesting concept for a play," he said.



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