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Tribunal: Creative Learning

Australia’s colonial past and refugee policies are put on trial in this powerful piece of political theatre.

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“Unquestionably powerful... theatrical magic.”

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You be the judge

A didgeridoo plays, light flickers across a dark ceiling, a simple Afghan mat is laid out and Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor, a Darug-Yuin elder, walks on stage...

Welcome to the Australian Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal we’ve never had. Artists, lawyers, leaders and activists put Australia’s colonial past and murky refugee policies on trial in this powerful piece of political theatre. 

Each performance is different, with guests airing their experiences and the issues directly affecting their communities. Tribunal is a space where the truth can be told, connections can be made, and intimacies shared.

Direct from a sold-out season at Sydney Festival, this participatory performance was critically praised as "possibly the most relevant, urgent and moving of all the 2018 Sydney Festival offerings" (Alt Media).

Directed and co-conceived by Karen Therese, artistic director of PYT I Fairfield, and featuring Afghan performer Mahdi Mohammadi and Aboriginal activist and Darug-Yuin Elder Aunty Rhonda Dixon Grovenor.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and PYT | Fairfield

Tribunal Workshop

Tribunal is a powerful work that will provoke meaningful debate well after the show. In a pre or post performance workshop, dive deeply into these debates, artistically unpacking the form and content of this powerful verbatim piece of theatre with Sydney Opera House and PYT | Fairfield’s Teaching Artists in your school. To discuss dates and prices contact our Creative Learning team.

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NSW Curriculum Links

Subject

Outcomes

Content

Stage 4

Content

Stage 5

Content

Stage 6

General capabilities and cross-curriculum

Aboriginal Studies

Knowledge and understanding of similarities and diversity in Aboriginal identities, communities and cultural expression

4.4

Knowledge and understanding of similarities and diversity in Aboriginal identities, communities and cultural expression

5.4

Social justice and human rights issues and they impact on Aboriginal and other Indigenous peoples

P1.1

H1.1

Critical and creative thinking

Personal and social capability

Ethical understanding

Intercultural understanding

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

Drama

Appreciating

4.3.1

4.3.2

Appreciating

5.3.1

5.3.2

Critically Studying

 

 

P3.2

P3.4

H3.1

H3.3

H3.4
H3.5

 

Geography

Landscapes and landforms

Place and liveability

Interconnections

 

GE4-3

Changing places

 

GE5-3

 

 

History

The Ancient to the Modern World

HT4-3

The Modern World and Australia

Core Study – Depth Study 4: Rights and freedoms (1945- present)

HT5-3

 

 

 

Legal Studies

 

 

 

 

The interrelationship between law, justice and society and the changing nature of the law

P6

H6

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.

The Sydney Opera House thanks and acknowledges our generous Arts Assist donors; The Greatorex Foundation and Sydney Opera House Ladies’ Committee.

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