Students from Monash University have adapted a selection of the most theatrical of ancient Greek slave Aesop’s morality tales in their upcoming production of Aesop’s Fables.
Some of the tales will be familiar, some obscure, but will be witty and thought-provoking in this project that not only involves theatre, singing and composition students working together, but marks an exciting collaboration between the Centre for Theatre and Performance and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music.
Aesop’s Fables represents the next phase in the practice-as-research teaching approach for the Bachelor of Performing Arts students, where they engage with theoretical concepts, as well as the formal structures and the conventions of musical theatre creatively.
Director Matthew Lockitt, from the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, said Aesop’s Fables is one of the most exciting projects he has been involved with.
“Fifteen weeks ago I sat in a circle with my second-year students and we read a list of fables, and now here we are about to present a new musical with book, music and lyrics all written by the students,” Mr Lockitt said.
“Over the fifteen weeks we have been engaged in the process of adaptation, of lyric writing for the musical stage, of writing songs that develop character and plot, or exploring musical styles and techniques that express character.”
The process eventually shifted to staging where the ideas explored on paper have been tested and developed on stage. Aesop’s Fables as they have written it, offers a wide range of musical theatre styles from vaudeville to jazz, through to the sounds reminiscent of contemporary Broadway composers Stephen Sondheim, Michael John LaChiusa and Adam Guettel.
“To be involved in the creation of a space in which the students are able to explore the musical theatre form by creating it from the ground up to a fully realised production is one of the most satisfying opportunities of my directing and academic careers,” Mr Lockitt said.
“And who knows, maybe we’ll ignite a young writer’s desire to make musical theatre in the wider world.”
‘Aesop’s Fables’ will be on show from Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October 2013, at the Drama Theatre, Monash University Clayton campus. Entry is $10. To book your tickets call the Monash Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) Box Office on +61 3 9905 1111 or visit the MAPA website.
Find out more:
Monash academics draft working paper on ‘Women in Politics’
Monash Academics from the School of Social Sciences, Professor Jacqui True, Dr Swati Parashar and … Continue reading Monash academics draft working paper on ‘Women in Politics’
Joint PhD program offers global research opportunities for philosophy student
Thomas Ryan is the first Monash University student to study at the University of Warwick … Continue reading Joint PhD program offers global research opportunities for philosophy student
Bachelor of Global Studies to be launched this year
Monash Arts will be offering the Bachelor of Global Studies for the first time in … Continue reading Bachelor of Global Studies to be launched this year
Musical Symposium Hits High Note
The first international symposium on the Malay musical arts of the Riau Islands (also know as Kepri) to be held in Australia has been deemed a success. The Symposium was Hosted by Monash University and attracted more than 100 people to the first afternoon of papers and to the launch of the accompanying exhibition, which included performances of live music and theatre of the Riau Islands.
Ebola and the ethics question
Tolerating impoverished healthcare systems dramatically increases the risks associated with contagious disease, as the current … Continue reading Ebola and the ethics question
Death or Liberty concert and documentary commemorates rebels exiled to Australia
Since November, filming has been underway in Tasmania and Ireland for the television documentary Death or Liberty, the screen adaptation of the history of political rebels and radicals transported as convicts to Australia. The documentary is adapted from the book: Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788-1868, written by Dr Tony Moore from the school of Media, Film and Journalism.
The case of Peter Greste and notions of press freedom
By Dr Andrea Baker The imprisonment of the Australian journalist Peter Greste in Egypt received … Continue reading The case of Peter Greste and notions of press freedom
Overcoming the social barriers to climate consensus
by Ana-Maria Bliuc and Craig McGarty It can be tempting to think that people who disagree with … Continue reading Overcoming the social barriers to climate consensus
Bohemian Melbourne celebrates city’s history with film festival and lecture series
This summer, the State Library Victoria has showcased Melbourne’s vibrant bohemian history with an exhibition … Continue reading Bohemian Melbourne celebrates city’s history with film festival and lecture series
Australia, a place of belonging and pride – and some telltale fractures
by Andrew Markus Every year, come January 26, Australia Day revives the annual dialogue around notions … Continue reading Australia, a place of belonging and pride – and some telltale fractures
Chamber Recording of the Year 2014 awarded to Sellars and Fujimura
Dr Kenji Fujimura and Elizabeth Sellars awarded Limelight’s Chamber Recording of the Year for their … Continue reading Chamber Recording of the Year 2014 awarded to Sellars and Fujimura
And, like, she goes ‘yeah, nah’: terminating our bad speech habits
by Baden Eunson Australians aren’t well known for their articulation. From Kath and Kim to … Continue reading And, like, she goes ‘yeah, nah’: terminating our bad speech habits