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Today marked the 88th consultation that Australian Youth Representative to the UN, Amos Washington, has made since commencing his role in March this year.  The Youth Representative is the only role of its kind in Australia. The Youth Rep tours the country, collecting the views of young Australians on issues that are important to them. In September, Amos, as Youth Rep travels to New York to represent Australian youth at the United Nations.

Interested University Senior College students joined Amos and his colleagues, Emma and Tilly, for a 45-minute lunch-time consultation. This involved interactive activities and group discussions where students shared their vision of their ideal Australia.

 

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On Wednesday the 6th of June and Thursday the 7th of June, Year 12 Drama students performed two plays: Blood Sister by Daniel Keene and Soldadera by Josephina Niggli.  Two very different plays, set in different times, about different people.

At first glance, it might seem hard to make connections between the life of Kate Kelly, sister of Australia’s most infamous bushranger, and the women soldiers (the “soldadera”), who fought alongside their male compatriots in the Mexican revolution of 1910 – 1920.

However, these two diametrically different plays have a common thread: they tell the stories of women – brave women – who survived and were scarred by traumatic events in the society in which they lived.

Kate Kelly performed by Allison Mason and Mrs Shaw performed by Lol Pulsford

Kate Kelly performed by Allison Mason and Mrs Shaw performed by Lola Pulsford

The Cast of Blood Sister

The Cast of Blood Sister

The truth of Kate Kelly‘s story has been distorted by history, lost in romanticised folk tales or recounts which were biased depending on which side of history they were found.  Kate believed herself responsible for her family’s fate, as while they had been involved in petty crime previously, the family only really became outlaws after her mother and brothers retaliated against the unwelcome attentions of a local policeman when she was only 14.  Her mother was jailed and her brothers went on the run from authorities, leading to the death of three policemen and the eventual shootout at Glenrowan.  This guilt followed Kate as she went into hiding under an assumed name, eventually marrying and having six children in Foster, NSW.  The play begins as Kate, addicted to opium and suffering what we would term today as PTSD, is committed to a mental institution.

The Chorus Three in Blood Sister

The Chorus Three in Blood Sister

 

The cast and crew of Soldadera

The cast and crew of Soldadera

The soldadera of the Mexican revolution suffered similar trauma.  The revolution began with political unrest, which led to the assassination of the President and Vice President.  The Federal soldiers fought many battles in the mountain villages against the Rebels, and many women and children were caught up in acts of unspeakable violence.  The Federals, mostly led by the wealthy elite, represented a class system who denied education, health care and any kind of power to those who didn’t own land.  Thus, many women joined the Rebels as true soldiers, assuming roles as leaders and guerrilla fighters.  They became known as “soldadera” or “Adelitas”, named for the folk song featured in this play, and were forever changed by their experiences.

Concha, played by Sophie Robertson

Concha, played by Sophie Robertson

The Rich One, played by Riley Economos

The Rich One, played by Riley Economos

The different plays were presented in differing styles, and through these experiences, the Drama class explored a variety of creative methods and techniques.

Audiences were captivated by these challenging and thought-provoking performances.

Directed by Lynn Jackson, USC Drama Teacher

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This year the Year 12 Drama class will be presenting two one-act plays as their Group Production.

“Blood Sister” by Daniel Keene tells the story of Kate Kelly, sister of Ned Kelly. After her brothers were killed, she started a new life; however, a chance encounter exposed her past and she spiralled into a bout of depression, PTSD and opium addiction. The play begins as she is admitted into a sanatorium.

“Soldadera” by Josephina Niggli focuses on the experiences of a band of female soldiers in the 1914 Mexican Revolution. Guarding an ammunition dump in the hills, they capture a lone Federal soldier, and the events that follow tell a story of the women’s bravery and strength in these extreme times.

7pm
Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th June
Little Theatre, University of Adelaide

Tickets are available from Lee in the Jordan Finance Office, or online: https://www.trybooking.com/VQAG

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  The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Daniel Thorpe – represented by Travis Ranson (R) and Renee Tamblyn (R) – was announced as winner of The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award by Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazarou (L). Daniel Thorpe, 26 of Bowden is a composer and performer who is influenced by everything […]

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Thomas Brown has won the prestigious University Senior College Create Change Award in the 2018 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards and was presented onstage by Anita Zocchi, Principal, University Senior College. Thomas won the Award from a strong field of nominees and was one of twelve category winners announced on Friday 11th May at Hilton […]

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Old Scholar Abbie Madden (2012) is the Artistic Director of Blindful, she created the company as a creative outlet and artistic venture to see what her body could achieve with limited sight. Abbie was born with congenital glaucoma so knows first hand what it is like living with a visual impairment. For some this might have been […]

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The Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards has been in existence since 1988, with the purpose of acknowledging, encouraging and promoting the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age. The Young Achiever Awards aim to encourage nominees’ energies, talents and creativity, which set a positive example to others. The […]

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On Thursday 5 April, USC students competed as a team at the School Sport SA Track and Field Championships for the first time. The day began with a glorious 3km run from Bonnie Doran who started strongly and lead the whole race. Many students followed Bonnie’s lead and won their events or set personal best […]

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On Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 of February USC International students in our Intensive English Program went on an overnight camping trip. On the Tuesday we left school at midday and headed straight to Mount Compass Country Bakery for some delicious lunch. Following lunch we went to Urimbirra Wildlife Park to see many native Australian […]

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On Thursday 8 March, students and old scholars performed in the sold out show: USC Showcase.  Eighty guests filled the Charles Street Drama Theatre, which had been transformed into a cabaret theatre for the evening. The USC Showcase was a musical and dramatic exhibition of Year 11 and Year 12 University Senior College Music and Drama […]

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