Putting the Nation on Stage

Riverside Theatres presents a National Theatre of Parramatta production

The Red Tree

19 — 28 Oct 2017

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Overview

BASED ON the BOOK BY Shaun Tan
An adaptation By Hilary Bell

The Red Tree explores the expressive possibilities of shared imagination. Adapted from the multi award-winning picture book by Shaun Tan, National Theatre of Parramatta has commissioned an adaptation to stage by Hilary Bell, directed by Neil Gooding.

This production is inspired by the impulse of children and adults alike to describe feelings using metaphor, this new adaptation explores landscapes, buildings, monsters, storms, sunshine and rainbows. These can be strange and familiar, our imaginations or our realities.

Our heroine, a young girl journeys through many dark moments, yet ultimately there is hope at the end of her journey.

The Red Tree won the Patricia Wrightson prize in the NSW Premier’s Book Awards, and was awarded the ‘le Prix Octogones 2003’ prize by the Centre International d’Etudes en Literature de Jeunesse, following it’s translation into French.

Dates and Times
Thursday 19 October 11am (School Performance)
Friday 20 October 1pm and 7pm (Opening Night)
Saturday 21 October 2pm and 7pm
Tuesday 24 October 10am and 1pm (School Performances)
Wednesday 25 October 10am (School Performance) and 1pm
Thursday 26 October 10am  (School Performance) and 7pm
Friday 27 October 10am (School and Relaxed Performance) and 7pm
Saturday 28 October 2pm and 7pm

Cast & Creatives

A piece of musical theatre
Based on the book by Shaun Tan 

Book and Lyrics by
Hilary Bell

Directed by
Neil Gooding

Music by
Greta Gertler-Gold

Design by
James Browne

Produced by arrangement with Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

 

Schools Bookings & Resources

Suitable for Years 5 – 10

SCHOOL TICKETS $25 per student/additional teacher (1 teacher free per 20 students)

FROM THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Shaun Tan has become such an integral part of the Australian literary scene. With iconic bold, clear and moving images the book alone is a work of brilliant theatricality, so when you add a stunning director, live music and Australia’s hottest new theatre company it’s going to make for absolutely SENSATIONAL THEATRE. Its appeal is far greater than the English S5 picture book recommendation, so with its important messages the work also speaks brilliantly to the PDHPE areas sense of self and responding to change as well as within drama and music appreciation units.

CURRICULUM LINKS
Download the full curriculum links for The Red Tree.

BOOKING STEP-BY-STEP
  1. USE BOOKING FORM, DOWNLOAD IT OR COMPLETE IT ONLINE
    All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online.
  2. SEND YOUR BOOKING FORM TO US
    Complete online (preferred), fax, email or post your booking form to Riverside Education Fax: 02 9683 3267 Scan and email: education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au Mail: Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta, NSW, 2124.
    N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then issue a tax invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form as this is our main method of communication.
  3. RIVERSIDE WILL CONFIRM YOUR BOOKING
    Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a non-refundable 25% deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise stipulated). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure and Riverside will issue an invoice for full payment.
  4. FINAL PAYMENT
    Full payment is required 4 weeks prior to the performance date. If we do not receive payment OR proof of your DoE purchase order, we have the right to cancel your booking and you will forfeit your deposit.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS – DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DoE) PAYMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The DoE takes 30 days from an invoice being submitted to payment being received by Riverside, therefore we MUST have full payment OR proof that the purchase order has been submitted to the DoE no later than four weeks prior to the performance date. This is a new system for many public schools so we strongly recommend receiving monies and permission slips at least 7 weeks before the payment is due. This will allow any final changes in numbers (subject to availability). We cannot reduce numbers after payment has been received.

ALL OTHER SCHOOLS (INCLUDING INDEPENDENT AND CATHOLIC)
Confirmation of final numbers and final balance is required four weeks prior to the performance date. A reduction of numbers is not permitted after this date.

An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day but is subject to availability. Please note, all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings.

FINAL INFORMATION SENT TO SCHOOLS
Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to running times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process.

ATTEND AND ENJOY!
If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please email education_riverside@parracity.nsw.gov.au or call 02 8839 3308.

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Ticket Options

Ticket Options
Adult $39
Groups of 8+ $34
Pensioner & Senior $34
30 & Under $29
Student & Teacher $25
Member Adult $29
Member Concession $24
Member 30 & Under $22

Transaction fees apply

Available Dates

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Duration

75 minutes (no interval)