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Tröll

Term 1

Combining storytelling, music and projection. Come on an intriguing, mystical, and witty adventure, following 12-year-old boy Otto on a hero’s journey to confront the ancient troll living in his house. 

In the Studio | Sydney Opera House Presents | Schools

"Stage fright just right"
 
The West Australian

From an Aotearoa (New Zealand) theatre company comes a lo-fi wi-fi fable

For the lovers of Stranger Things and playful theatre-making, the New Zealand theatre company – Trick of the Light Theatre, brings young people an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age.

Otto’s twelve, but online he’s thirteen, and he’s pretty sure he gets away with it. He lives in an old wooden house with his mum, dad and sister, a mysterious Icelandic granny and an ancient malevolent troll that’s started living in the wall…

Students are welcomed into Otto’s life, where things start as being simple and fun. But as we follow along, we watch as life starts to go downhill for Otto – both online and in his home and school life.

He begins to hear scary scratching noises behind the walls and computer cables start moving like snakes. Having no luck trying to talk with his parents about his worries, he turns to his eccentric and sarcastic granny, Amma. She tells him chilling stories of trolls and ancient Icelandic myths. It seems Otto has manifested his own terrifying troll.

Students will delight in the playful performance making of this work - a keyboard turned on its side becomes a skyscraper, a tangle of cables turns into a monster, smartphones are used as stage lights, laptops transform into skyscrapers.  Troll is a coming of age tale that through a humorous and magical journey touches on issues of the digital age, depression, illness and death. Ultimately though the tale brings a happy recognition for students of how important the value of family and real-life connections truly are.

Sydney Opera House presents a Trick of the Light production

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Curriculum Links

Subject

Content

Outcomes

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

English

C think in ways that are imaginative, creative, interpretive and critical

EN3-7C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and ideas and identifies connections between texts when responding to and composing texts

EN4-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information, ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts

 

EN4-6C identifies and explains connections between and among texts

EN5-5C thinks imaginatively, creatively, interpretively and critically about information and increasingly complex ideas and arguments to respond to and compose texts in a range of contexts

 

EN5-6C investigates the relationships between and among texts

Drama

Appreciating

DRAS3.4 Responds critically to a range of drama works and performance styles.

4.3.1 identifies and describes elements of drama, dramatic forms, performance styles, techniques and conventions in drama

 

4.3.2 recognises the function of drama and theatre in reflecting social and cultural aspects of human experience

 

4.3.3 describes the contribution of individuals and groups in drama using relevant drama terminology.

5.2.1 responds to, reflects on and evaluates elements of drama, dramatic forms, performance styles, dramatic techniques and theatrical conventions

 

5.3.2 analyses the contemporary and historical contexts of drama

 

5.3.3 analyses and evaluates the contribution of individuals and groups to processes and performances in drama using relevant drama concepts and terminology.

Music

Listening

MUS3.4 Identifies the use of musical concepts and symbols in a range of musical styles.

 

 

value and appreciate the aesthetic value of all music and the enjoyment of engaging in performing, composing and listening

 

4.11 demonstrates an appreciation, tolerance and respect for the aesthetic value of music as an artform

 

4.12 demonstrates a developing confidence and willingness to engage in performing, composing and listening experiences

5.11 demonstrates an appreciation, tolerance and respect for the aesthetic value of music as an artform

 

5.12 demonstrates a developing confidence and willingness to engage in performing, composing and listening experiences

 

 

 

Visual Arts

Appreciating

 

VAS3.3 Acknowledges that audiences respond in different ways to artworks and that there are different opinions about the value of artworks.

 

VAS3.4 Communicates about the ways in which subject matter is represented in artworks.

 

 

Critical and historical studies

 

4.8 explores the function of and relationships between artist – artwork – world – audience

5.8 uses their understanding of the function of and relationships between artist – artwork – world – audience in critical and historical interpretations of art

 

Ticket and Travel Subsidy

The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing the very best national and international performing arts experiences to NSW students as part of their educational studies.

The Sydney Opera House Arts Assist program provides the full cost of the Creative Learning performance ticket and $5 per student toward travel costs. School applications are assessed according to socioeconomic disadvantage, schools with special needs and individual responses regarding the School Profile and School Community.

Arts Assist is enabled by the Sydney Opera House Ladies Committee, Colin Adams, and Richard Adams.

Venue Information

In line with the NSW Public Health Order, venue capacity is currently limited to 75%. This includes all performances in the Joan Sutherland Theatre, Studio, Playhouse, Drama Theatre and Utzon Room. Please note that you may be seated directly alongside other patrons.

Our foyers will be open 60 minutes pre-show for Joan Sutherland Theatre performances, and two hours pre-show for Western Foyer venue performances. Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars. Please remember to maintain physical distancing whilst consuming drinks in our foyers.

All Sydney Opera House foyers are pram accessible, with lifts to the main and western foyers. The public lift to all foyers is accessible from the corridor near the escalators on the Lower Concourse and also in the Western Foyer via the corridor on the Ground Level (at the top of the escalators). Pram parking will be available outside the theatres in the Western Foyer consistent with COVID-safe rules.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice). 
  • The Sydney Opera House Car Park, operated by Wilson Parking, is open and available to use. Wilson Parking offer discounted parking if you book ahead. Please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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